|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2007)|
|The Senior Campus buildings from Great South Road
Firmiter et Fideliter
"Steadfastly and Faithfully"
|2 Erin Street,
|Coordinates||Coordinates: (Senior Campus)
|Type||Private, boys, year 5-13, with boarding facilities|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||66|
|School roll||630 (approx.)|
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.
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.
Dilworth is organised on three separate campuses.
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.
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.
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.
- The Honourable Sir David Beattie GCMG GCVO QSO KStJ QC (1924–2001) was 14th Governor-General of New Zealand
- The Honourable Mike Moore ONZ is the former 34th Prime Minister of New Zealand and 6th Director-General of the World Trade Organization
- Jami-Lee Ross MP is a Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives for Botany in the 49th and 50th Parliament of New Zealand
- The Honourable Dr. Michael Bassett QSO PhD is a former Cabinet Minister in the 41st and 42nd Parliament of New Zealand and a historian.
- James Arlidge played for the Blues in 2001 and 2002 and the Highlanders in the 2003 Super 12 Rugby Competition. Arlidge is a former New Zealand representative in 2002 playing for the New Zealand Barbarians and in 2003 with New Zealand Māori. From 2007 represented Japan including the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
- Jarrad Hoeata played for the Chiefs the 2010 Super 14 and the Highlanders in the 2011 Super Rugby Competitions. Hoeata is a former New Zealand representative in 2010 playing for New Zealand Māori and in 2011 with The New Zealand All Blacks as All Black #1109.
- Angus Ta'avao played for the Blues in the 2012 Super Rugby Competition. Ta'avao is a former New Zealand representative in 2010 playing for the New Zealand Under 20's Team.
- Dilworth School official website