King's High School, Dunedin

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King's High School
270 Bayview Road,
Coordinates 45°54′12″S 170°29′39″E / 45.903217°S 170.494294°E / -45.903217; 170.494294Coordinates: 45°54′12″S 170°29′39″E / 45.903217°S 170.494294°E / -45.903217; 170.494294
Type Boys' Secondary
Motto Doctrina Vim Promovet Insitam - Learning Promotes Inner Strength
Established 1936
Ministry of Education Institution no. 383
Rector Dan Reddiex[1]
School roll 962[2] (October 2014)
Socio-economic decile 7O[3]

King's High School is a state single-sex boys' secondary school in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is located at the southern end of the city close to the boundary between the suburbs of South Dunedin, St. Clair and Forbury, next to the parallel single-sex girls' school, Queen's High School. Both schools share several facilities, including the multi-million dollar Performing Arts Centre which opened in 2006.

The school dates back to 1936, and held its 75th anniversary in late 2010.

King's: Presently[edit]

In 2011, King's topped the NCEA pass rates for state boys' schools in New Zealand.[4] Among the results, the level one score averaged at 93.4% (a significant increase from 71% back in 2008).

King's student role has also increased in recent years, with 256 students enrolling for the 2014 school year. Rector Dan Reddiex conceded that the number was the largest in the school's history, and its largest role in fifteen years.


King's High School was re-built in the mid-1990s, after a fire which destroyed most of the campus. The School is split into three blocks A, B & C, along with the separate sports facilities, purpose build catering suite and performing arts center.

The school also has its own 'classroom by the sea'. - A camp and class room build off site in Warrington, north of Dunedin - known as 'The Hatherly'. Students in year nine visit 'The Hatherly' for their school camp.

In 2006, King's High School (along with Queen's) added a multi million dollar Performing Arts Center, which holds a capacity of almost 500. The facility is used by both schools, and the surrounding community.

In 2010, renovations were made to the schools gymnasium.

The school has plans in the future to build a grand stand - on the schools number one sports ground. There has also been talk of building a boarding facility in the future.

House system

New students to King's are placed into one of four houses - Tudor, Windsor, Stuart or Hanover. Throughout the year, juniors and seniors compete in many sports, cultural and performance based activities. In term four, the house with the most points wins the 'House shield'. Some events include: Rugby Sevens, football, basketball, athletics, cross country, softball, singing, haka competition, debating and chess.

In in the past five years, Tudor has won the shield three times (2009, 2010, 2012), with Hanover winning the shield in 2011, Stuart in 2013 and 2014.


King's has many high profile inter-school affairs with Southland Boy's High School, Otago Boys' High School, Waitaki Boys' High School and Shirley Boys' High School.

The King's 1st XV Rugby side, currently compete in the Top Division Highlanders rugby competition, which consists of the ten best XV's in Southland & Otago. They finished 3rd in the 2009 season and finished 4th in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Their 1st XV is recognised as one of the best in the country and is productive in developing future All Blacks. Recent captains include Ben Johnson (2012) Caleb Gray (2010-2011), who were also head boys in their tenure at King's. The King's XV has twice been ranked in the 'Top Four' national competition.

Former All Black Paul Miller returned to King's in 2011 after a stint playing rugby in Japan. Miller taking up a role as sports co-ordinator.

King's High School is also well respected in Otago for its cultural activities. The school has earned many awards in Māori cultural competitions. King's along with Queen's High School were selected to perform at the opening of Dunedin's new Forsyth Barr Stadium, in August 2011.

With the opening of the Performing Arts Center in 2006, King's and Queen's have staged several successful musicals. In 2008, the schools combined to produce Les Misérables.

While in 2012 they performed Cats: The Musical. King's being the first New Zealand high school to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical in fifteen years.

King's High School.

Notable alumni[edit]

The Arts

Broadcasting and Media

Public Service




Rugby Union

Rector list[edit]

  • Dudley Chisholm (1936–1947)
  • Bill Lang (1948–1961)
  • Harry Craig (1962–1966)
  • Jack Bremner (1966–1981)
  • Ian Simpson (1982–1997)
  • Lindsay James (LJ) Hocking (1997–2001)
  • Colin Donald (2001–2008)
  • Dan Reddiex (2008–present)


  1. ^ "About our school - Board of Trustees". King's High School. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "King's top NCEA results". 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  5. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 305. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  6. ^ "Player profile - Ben Smith". Retrieved 5 January 2010.