Hamilton Girls' High School

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Hamilton Girls' High School
Ward Street, Hamilton
Coordinates 37°47′23″S 175°16′37″E / 37.7896°S 175.2770°E / -37.7896; 175.2770Coordinates: 37°47′23″S 175°16′37″E / 37.7896°S 175.2770°E / -37.7896; 175.2770
Type State single-sex girls, Secondary (Year 9-13) with Boarding Facilities
Motto Sapiens Fortunam Fingit Sibi
"A wise woman shapes her own destiny"
Established 1911
Ministry of Education Institution no. 132
Principal Marie Gordon
School roll 1392
Socio-economic decile 6[1]

Hamilton Girls' High School is a state single sex high school starting at Year 9 going up to Year 13. It is located on Ward Street, Hamilton, New Zealand. It is a decile 6 school and offers boarding facilities.


Hamilton High School was opened to students on 10 July 1911, on the current site of Hamilton Girls' High School. The first Principal was Mr Eben Wilson and he was followed by Mr H D Tait in 1937.

In 1955, Hamilton High school was divided into separate boys' and girls' schools, and Hamilton Girls' High School retained the original site with Miss Joan Ellis being the first Principal. She was followed by Miss Lesley Anderson in 1958, Miss Pat Edbrooke in 1969, Mrs Lyn Scott in 1982, Mrs Judith Miles in 1988, Mrs Lil Garland in 1998 and Mrs Mary Ann Baxter 2004. The current Principal is Mrs Marie Gordon who started in 2013.

The buildings have changed significantly over the years - all that remains of the original school is the front steps to the original building, and these now lead to the Wharenui and Wharekai and Maori Language area. There is a sense of history in the grounds[citation needed].

The school is supported by a boarding Hostel, Sonninghill, which caters for 130 girls.

The Hamilton High and Girls' High School Old Girls' Association supports Hamilton Girls' High School and has three functions a year which any past pupil can attend.[2]

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