Dilworth School

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Dilworth School
Dilworth School Auckland New Zealand.jpg
The Senior Campus buildings from Great South Road
Firmiter et Fideliter
"Steadfastly and Faithfully"
2 Erin Street,
New Zealand

Coordinates 36°52′50″S 174°46′52″E / 36.8805°S 174.7810°E / -36.8805; 174.7810Coordinates: 36°52′50″S 174°46′52″E / 36.8805°S 174.7810°E / -36.8805; 174.7810 (Senior Campus)
36°52′56″S 174°47′21″E / 36.8822°S 174.7891°E / -36.8822; 174.7891 (Junior Campus)
37°11′14″S 175°08′53″E / 37.187348°S 175.148°E / -37.187348; 175.148 (Rural Campus)
Type Private, boys, year 5-13, with boarding facilities
Established 1906
Ministry of Education Institution no. 66
Principal Donald MacLean
School roll 630 (approx.)
Socio-economic decile 4

Dilworth School is an independent (private) full boarding school for boys in Auckland, New Zealand. All the boys attending are on full scholarships covering all education and boarding costs, as the school is owned and operated by a charitable trust.


Dilworth School was founded under the terms of the will of an Auckland farmer and businessman, Irish born James Dilworth who died in 1894.[1]

He and his wife Isabella had no children of their own and left their wealth to establish a school with a goal of educating sons of people from the top two-thirds of the North Island who had suffered some family misfortune and were unable to afford the education they wanted their children to have.

The school opened in 1906 with eight boys and for the first 21 years offered primary education only. Secondary boys at that time boarded at the school but attended Auckland Grammar School during the day. The original school buildings were Dilworth’s old farm homestead and outbuildings. Classrooms and other buildings were added later.

A secondary department was built in 1931. A major expansion started in 1956, the 50th anniversary, with the foundation stone being laid for St Patrick’s Chapel. The total roll when that phase of the expansion was completed some five years later, was 300.

The next major jump in numbers was in 1993 when the present Junior Campus was built to accommodate 192 boys. This brought the total roll of both campuses to 510 covering Year 5 to Year 13.

Dilworth has four houses representing places and counties in Ireland - Tyrone, Dungannon, Donegal and Armagh.


Photo of the Senior Campus entrance.

Dilworth is organised on three separate campuses.

Senior Campus

The Senior Campus is located in Epsom, Auckland and accommodates up to 340 boys from Years 10 - 13.

Junior Campus

The Junior Campus was opened in 1993 and is located in Remuera, Auckland. The campus accommodates 192 boys from Years 5 - 8.

Rural Campus - Te Haerenga

The new Rural Campus (sometimes called the 'Rural Campus - Te Haerenga (The Journey)') was officially opened in March 2012 after the Trust Board purchased the liquidated hotel and spa, Hotel du Vin. The campus — on 15ha grounds in Mangatawhiri, south of Auckland — accommodates another 100 students in Year 9.[2]

Trust Board[edit]

The Dilworth Trust Board is one of New Zealand's largest charities and provides the funding to support the Dilworth School.

The original endowment of 100,000 pounds left in 1894 by James Dilworth in his will has been invested wisely since then and now has grown to a diversified portfolio of investments. The Board still invests predominantly in property, and in particular, in the locality around the School but does hold a number of other investments including shares and bonds, both in New Zealand and overseas. The trust now holds approximately $400 million in assets and cash.[citation needed]

The beneficiaries of this trust are the boys who attend the School. The Board are precluded from assisting any other cause, however worthy it may be, and so this leads to a very focused Board and staff.

A duty of the Board is the granting and withdrawal of scholarships. Whilst staff provide significant input to the process, the final selection remains with the Trustees.


The school curriculum is to provide an academic education by offering subjects that satisfy the seven learning areas of the New Zealand Framework.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Stone, R. C. J. "James Dilworth". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011. 
  2. ^ Parker, Tamsyn (30 September 2009). "Dilworth buys Hotel du Vin". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 September 2011. 

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