Waitaki Boys' High School

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Waitaki Boys' High School
Waitaki Boys' High School
Coordinates 45°04′37″S170°59′41″E / 45.0769°S 170.9946°E / -45.0769; 170.9946 Coordinates: 45°04′37″S170°59′41″E / 45.0769°S 170.9946°E / -45.0769; 170.9946
TypeState, Boys, Secondary years 9–15
MottoQuanti est sapere
Ministry of Education Institution no. 365
RectorDarryl Paterson [1]
School roll378 [2] (March 2022)
Socio-economic decile6N [3]
Website waitakibhs.school.nz

Waitaki Boys' High School is a secondary school for boys located in the northern part of the town of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, with day and boarding facilities, and was founded in 1883. [4] As of 2020, it has a school roll of approximately 400 students. [5]


The school has a house system with four houses, Don, Forrester, Lee and Sutherland. It organises some cultural activities together with its nearby sister school, Waitaki Girls' High School.

The school is notable for its British colonial architecture, encompassing such historic buildings such as the Hall of Memories, an assembly hall, built to honour its former pupils who died in various wars. Most of the blocks of classrooms at Waitaki Boys High School are named after famous past students, also known as Waitakians or Old Boys. The main, and oldest block of the school is named after Denis Blundell.

Founding the School

The idea of establishing a boys' high school originated with Mr. S. E. Shrimski, who was one of the two members of parliament representing the Waitaki electorate. [6]


The following is a complete list of the rectors of Waitaki Boys' High School:

1John Harkness1883–1896 [7]
2John Robert Don1897–1906 [8]
3 Frank Milner 1906–1944 [9]
4 Jim Burrows 1945–1949 [10]
5Malcolm Leadbetter1950–1960
6John Hammond Donaldson1961–1976 [11]
7Keith Albert Laws1976–1985
8Geoff Tait1986–1988
9Benjamin Rory Gollop1988–1998 [12]
10Paul Baker1999–2011 [13]
11Paul Jackson2012–2015 [14]
12Clive Rennie2016
13Darryl Paterson2017–present

Notable alumni


  1. "Appointment of new Rector for 2017". Waitaki Boys' High School. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  3. "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. 1 2 "125th anniversary to be 'momentous' occasion". Otago Daily Times. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  5. "Waitaki Boys' High School". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  6. Tyrrell, A. R. (Ron) (1983). STRONG TO ENDURE, Waitaki Boys' High School 1883 – 1983. Waitaki HIgh School Old Boys' Association (Incorporated). p. 21.
  7. "Secondary schools". Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Otago & Southland Provincial Districts). Christchurch: Cyclopedia Company. 1905. p. 514. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  8. "New inspector of schools". Otago Daily Times. 21 April 1909. p. 6. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  9. Lee, Gregory. "Milner, Frank". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  10. Ogilvie, Gordon. "Burrows, James Thomas". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  11. "Mr John Hammond Donaldson, educator". The Press. 11 June 1997. p. 24.
  12. "Paradise trustees 2014". Friends of Paradise. 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  13. Guild, Ben (20 August 2011). "Time for a change of direction and pace". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  14. Jamieson, Lee (6 October 2015). "Waitaki Boys' High School rector resigns". Timaru Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  15. From Bluff to Baghdad, Te Karaka, Winter 2005.
  16. Ryan, Rebecca (31 May 2013). "Living Everest dream". Oamaru Mail . Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  17. Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 303. ISBN   0-474-00177-6.
  18. Shand, John (5 August 2021). "Newsman engendered something close to reverence in viewers". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  19. Brown, Bruce. "Nordmeyer, Arnold Henry – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 6 October 2012.

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