New Plymouth Boys' High School

New Plymouth Boys' High School
New Plymouth Boys' High School
Te Kura Tuarua mō ngā Tamatoa o Pukeāriki
New plymouth boys high.png
Et comitate, Et virtute, Et Sapientia
"Comradeship, Valour and Wisdom"
Coronation Avenue
New Plymouth
New Zealand

Coordinates 39°03′41″S 174°05′12″E / 39.0613°S 174.0866°E / -39.0613; 174.0866Coordinates: 39°03′41″S 174°05′12″E / 39.0613°S 174.0866°E / -39.0613; 174.0866
Type State single sex boys' secondary (Year 9-13) with boarding facilities
Established 1882
Ministry of Education Institution no. 171
Headmaster Michael McMenamin
School roll 1226
Socio-economic decile 8[1]

New Plymouth Boys' High School is a single-sex boys' state secondary school in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand. It was founded in 1882 and celebrated its 125th Jubilee in 2007.[2]

New Plymouth Boys High School

The school currently caters for approximately 1300 students, including 210 boarders, on its 15 hectare site.[3]

The school often collaborates with the very close-by New Plymouth Girls' High School. For example, the Hillary Challenge team for New Plymouth always draws students from both schools and the jazz band and concert band include musicians from both schools.



New Plymouth Boys' High School currently has four houses, with Hatherly being the boarder house.

  • Barak - green
  • Donnelly - blue
  • Hatherly - red
  • Syme - yellow


The school recently acquired a new wing (now known as the French-Wright Block, named for the former headmaster Lyal French-Wright) with facilities for administration, science and mathematics. The wing incorporates modern architecture to add a new flavour to the traditional school. The wing was opened by the Prime Minister at the time, Helen Clark.

United Space School

New Plymouth Boys' High School and New Plymouth Girls' High School are the only New Zealand schools to take part in the Foundation for International Space Education's United Space School which is held in Houston, Texas each year. One student from each school (and in 2009 a teacher[4]), is selected to attend.

Exchange programme

An exchange relationship has been established with a Chilean High School so that every year, students alternate exchanges. In 2006, NPBHS travelled to Chile and in 2007, students from Chile came to NPBHS. The school also associates with schools in New Plymouth's sister cities in China and Japan.

Controversy over bullying

After an incident in 2008 when a boarder was beaten by four other students, [5] the school's board of trustees commissioned an independent report on bullying in November 2008. The report, released in late January 2009, identified a culture of bullying amongst students in the school's hostel, although the school's board of trustees disputed some of the report's findings.[6] However a recent Education Review Office review of the school did not highlight any bullying issues, and gave the school a positive report.[7]

Notable alumni

Many successful men have come from the school, including Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, musicians Matt Thomas, Gareth Thomas, Hayden Chisholm and Leigh Kereopa, current Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy Rear Admiral Tony Parr,[8] and 24 All Blacks. New Plymouth Boys' High Schools sporting teams and musical groups have large reputations nationally and in some cases internationally.

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