Hamilton Boys' High School
|Hamilton Boys' High School|
|Peachgrove Road, Hamilton
|Type||State single-sex boys, Secondary (Year 9-15) with Boarding Facilities|
|Motto||Sapiens fortunam fingit sibi (A wise man carves his own fortune)|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||131|
Hamilton Boys' High School is a boys' secondary school in Hamilton, New Zealand. The school was established as Hamilton High School in 1911 but was later split into separate boys' and girls' schools, with the current school opened in February 1955. The school crest features a lion, sash and star, and bears the motto "Sapiens Fortunam Fingit Sibi" which translates to "a wise man carves his own fortune". The school colours are black and red.
Most of the school's approximately 2100 students are day boys from Hamilton and surrounding townships such as Cambridge, Te Awamutu, and Morrinsville. Around 130 boys are housed in an onsite boarding hostel, Argyle House, which forms one of the six houses into which the school is divided. The boarding house is located on the school grounds, but is essentially a private institution, with students paying approximately $12,000 per year to attend
In 1999 the school appointed Susan Hassall to head the school. In doing so the school became one of the first boys' schools in New Zealand to appoint a female headmaster.
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Hamilton Boys' High School fields a number of sports teams in a variety of codes. In recent years it has won the New Zealand secondary schools competitions for rowing, cricket, rugby, touch rugby, rugby sevens and clay target shooting. Its football and hockey teams are also often in the top ten teams in New Zealand.
The school has won the Gillette Cup for schoolboy cricket three times since it was established in 1990.
Hamilton Boys' High School has won the Maadi Cup for rowing eights eight times and the Springbok Shield for coxed fours fifteen times (a national record), including six years consecutively. Following the 2013 regatta, the school holds the Maadi Cup after winning the final by 0.24 seconds over Napier Boys' High School. It also holds the Springbok Shield, the Executive Trophy for the top school in sweep-oar events, and the Star Trophy for the top school overall.
The school is one of the Super 8 schools.
Hamilton Boys' High School competes regularly against another Hamilton school, St Paul's Collegiate. The two schools are traditional foes, and games between them generate intense but good-natured rivalry.
In 2009 the school won the national secondary rugby championship school for the second year in a row defeating St Bede's College in the final 17-0 and went on to win the 2010 Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament, beating Truro College 40-8.
Hamilton Boys' High School currently has six houses. All of the day boy houses are named after former headmasters of the school.
- Tait - Red
- Taylor - Green
- Wilson - Blue
- Steel - Grey
- Baigent - Yellow
- Argyle - Black
Like all previously selective state schools, Hamilton Boys' High School operates an enrolment scheme.
Enrolment was traditionally by academic examination followed by an interview. Alternatively a student might be enrolled if he had a family connection to the school. The school still examines new students but only for the purposes of streaming students.
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- Sir Colin Allan - former Governor of Seychelles
- Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott - Chief of the Royal New Zealand Air Force
- The Hon. John Luxton - Cabinet Minister 1990-1999
- Tawera Kerr-Barlow - current All Black
- Warren Gatland - Welsh national rugby coach, former NZ All Black
- Daryl Halligan - ARL football player and TV commentator
- Richard Petherick - current New Zealand Black Stick
- Dick Quax - Olympic Games silver medallist, 1976 5000 metres and later world record holder 5000m, Auckland City councillor
- Sam Rapira - New Zealand Warriors player and New Zealand Kiwis representative
- Aaron Scott - former All White NZ Football player
- Scott Styris - former New Zealand Black Caps cricket player
- BJ Watling - current New Zealand Black Caps cricket player
- Scott McLeod - former NZ All Black
- Craig Baird - Multiple New Zealand and Australian motorsport champion
- Chris van der Drift - former driver for New Zealand A1GP motor racing team
- Sean Maitland-Current Glasgow Warrior and Scottish Rugby
- Peter James Bethune - anti-whaling activist
- Shane Mcleod, New Zealand Blacksticks Men's Coach
- Eben Wilson MA 1911 - 1937
- Harold Tait MA, OBE 1938 - 1957
- Aubrey Baigent MA, BCom 1958 - 1969
- Richard Taylor BA, BSc 1970 - 1979
- Tony Steel MA (hons) 1980 - 1989
- James Bennett DipEd, MNZM, JP 1990 - 1999
- Susan Hassall MA (hons), DipTchg 1999 -
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