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Waitaki Boys' High School

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 2012, it has a school roll of just under 500.[5]

Waitaki Boys' High School
Coordinates45°04′37″S 170°59′41″E / 45.0769°S 170.9946°E / -45.0769; 170.9946Coordinates: 45°04′37″S 170°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 roll423[2] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile6N[3]

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.

In keeping with its unisex colonial past (echoes of the British class system and single-sex schools) the achievements of Waitaki's school leavers were the usual mixed bag. Some were exceptional old boys (ex-pupils) with meritorious achievements who moved on to achieve greatness, while others left and faded into obscurity.

Most of the blocks of classrooms at Waitaki Boys High School are named after famous past students, also known as Waitakians or Old Boys. (i.e. The main, and oldest block of the school is named after Denis Blundell.) But they are often referred to as the first letter of the title. (I.e. B-Block.)


Founding the SchoolEdit

The idea of establishing a Waitaki Boy's 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:

Name Term
1 John Harkness 1883–1896[7]
2 John Robert Don 1897–1906[8]
3 Frank Milner 1906–1944[9]
4 James Thomas Burrows 1945–1949[10]
5 Malcolm Leadbetter 1950–1960
6 John Hammond Donaldson 1961–1976[11]
7 Keith Albert Laws 1976–1985
8 Geoff Tait 1986 - 1988
9 Benjamin Rory Gollop 1988–1998[12]
10 Paul Baker 1999–2011[13]
11 Paul Jackson 2012–2015[14]
12 Clive Rennie (Acting) 2016
13 Darryl Paterson 2017-

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Appointment of new Rector for 2017". Waitaki Boys' High School. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "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 2013-10-16.
  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. ^ Brown, Bruce. "Nordmeyer, Arnold Henry - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 October 2012.

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