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King's High School, Dunedin

King's High School is a state single-sex boys' secondary school in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is located at the southern end of the city close to the boundary between the suburbs of South Dunedin, St. Clair and Forbury, next to the parallel single-sex girls' school, Queen's High School. Both schools share several facilities, including the multimillion-dollar Performing Arts Centre which opened in 2006.

King's High School
270 Bayview Road

Coordinates45°54′12″S 170°29′39″E / 45.903217°S 170.494294°E / -45.903217; 170.494294Coordinates: 45°54′12″S 170°29′39″E / 45.903217°S 170.494294°E / -45.903217; 170.494294
TypeState Secondary
Motto"Building Men For Life"
Sister schoolQueen's High School
Ministry of Education Institution no.383
RectorNick McIvor [1]
School roll998[2] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile7O[3]

The school first opened in 1936, and held its 75th anniversary in late 2010.

In 2011, the school had the highest NCEA pass rates for state boys' schools in New Zealand.[4] Among the results, the level one score averaged at 93.4% (a significant increase from 71% back in 2008). In 2017, NCEA pass rates continued to be above the national average, with NCEA Level One averaging 96.6%, and Level Three averaging 90.0%.[5]

King's had 722 pupils in 2007, growing to 1,008 pupils in 2014, the highest roll in King's 78-year history. The size of the roll also meant that King's became the largest school in the Otago region, overtaking Taieri College in the process.[6] Since then, student numbers have remained steady, measuring 1,041 students in 2018.[7]


King's High School was re-built across almost a decade in the mid-1990s. The School is split into three blocks A, B & C, along with the separate sports facilities, purpose build catering suite and performing arts centre.

The school also has its own 'classroom by the sea'. A camp and class room build off site in Warrington, north of Dunedin – known as 'The Hatherly'. Students in year nine visit 'The Hatherly' for their school camp.

In 2006, King's High School (along with Queen's) added a multimillion-dollar Performing Arts Centre, which holds a capacity of almost 500. The facility is used by both schools, and the surrounding community.

In 2010, renovations were made to the schools gymnasium. Later in 2018, renovations took place on the art department with plans for additional upgrading.

There are plans in the future to build a grandstand on the schools number one sports ground as well as plans for a hostel and roofed hockey turf.

House systemEdit

New students to King's are placed into one of four houses – Tudor, Windsor, Stuart or Hanover, based on the Historic English royal houses.[8] Throughout the year, juniors and seniors compete in many sports, cultural and performance based activities. In term four, the house with the most points wins the 'House shield'. Some events include: rugby sevens, football, basketball, athletics, cross country, softball, singing, haka competition, debating and chess. Athletics, Cross Country, Singing and the haka competition are all full school, compulsory events worth double house points. All other interhouse events are optional and done at lunchtime.

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

King's has many extramural competitions with Southland Boys' High School, Otago Boys' High School, Waitaki Boys' High School and Shirley Boys' High School.

Former All Black Paul Miller returned to King's in 2011, appointed to the Head of Sports role.[citation needed]

The school has earned awards in Māori cultural competitions. King's along with Queen's High School were selected to perform at the opening of Dunedin's new Forsyth Barr Stadium, in August 2011.[citation needed]

With the opening of the Performing Arts Center in 2006, King's and Queen's have staged several successful musicals. In 2008, the schools combined to produce Les Misérables.

While in 2012 they performed Cats: The Musical. King's being the first New Zealand high school to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical in fifteen years.

In 2017, the schools combined to perform Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. The schools most recent musical was based off Monty Python's Spamalot.

King's High School, taken of the front.

Notable alumniEdit

The arts
Broadcasting and media
Public service

Rector listEdit

  • Dudley Chisholm (1936–1947)
  • Bill Lang (1948–1961)
  • Harry Craig (1962–1966)
  • Jack Bremner (1966–1981)
  • Ian Simpson (1982–1997)
  • Lindsay James (LJ) Hocking (1997–2001)
  • Colin Donald (2001–2008)
  • Dan Reddiex (2008–2019)
  • Nick McIvor (2019–present)


  1. ^ Lewis, John (16 April 2019). "New King's High rector appointed". Otago Daily Times Online News.
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ "King's top NCEA results". Otago Daily Times. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  5. ^ Studio, The Logic; Design, Swiwi. "Our Results". King's High School. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  6. ^ Lewis, John (14 June 2014). "Kings crowned biggest Otago school". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  7. ^ Counts, Education. "Ministry of Education - Education Counts". Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  8. ^ Studio, The Logic; Design, Swiwi. "House System". King's High School. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Wall of Fame | KHS Old Boys Association".
  10. ^ "Riki Gooch Bio". Tumblr.