Napier Boys' High School

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Napier Boys' High School
Chambers Street,
New Zealand
Coordinates 39°30′52″S 176°54′50″E / 39.5145°S 176.9138°E / -39.5145; 176.9138Coordinates: 39°30′52″S 176°54′50″E / 39.5145°S 176.9138°E / -39.5145; 176.9138
Type State, Boys, Secondary with boarding facilities
Motto Mahia Tika Mataku Kore
Justum Perficito Nihil Timeto
"Do Right and Fear Nothing"
Established 1872
Ministry of Education Institution no. 216
Headmaster Ross G Brown
School roll 1250[1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]
Aerial View of the campus

Napier Boys' High School is a state secondary school on Chambers St, in Te Awa, Napier, New Zealand. It currently has a school roll of approximately 1,200 pupils.


The school has a proud sporting history being a leading Super 8 school and having a regular exchange with Wairarapa College. It also has a regular rugby exchange with Palmerston North Boys' High School, the Polson Banner, the oldest sporting trophy in the country. Napier Boys traditionally does very well in local Hawkes Bay sporting competitions.


There is a strong house competition in place with the four houses being:

  • Scinde (blue) the hostel house
  • Napier (red)
  • Hawke (green)
  • Clyde (gold)


The school has a large (approximately 30 hectare), impressive site that is situated by the sea. Originally built in brick in 1926, the school has now been fully redeveloped in the Art Deco style, in keeping with the Napier City theme.

The spacious school grounds accommodate 4 rugby and 2 soccer pitches in winter and 8 grass cricket wickets in summer. There is also a large swimming complex on site. The school is also the site of the Hawkes Bay Holt Planetarium, which compliments the school's educational facilities.

The boarding house (Scinde House) is located on-site, and accommodates 185 pupils in a mixture of motel and dormitory style accommodation.

Other features of the school include an adjacent 13-hectare farm, and an outdoor education camp (Camp Simmons, located at Puketitiri on the Mohaka River).

Recent property developments include:

  • The complete refurbishment of computer suites (3) and pods(4)
  • Networking of the entire school and hostel sites
  • The complete refurbishment of four science labs
  • A major swimming pool upgrade.
  • Hall extension and redevelopment
  • Cuisine suite construction
  • Pavilion extension and upgrade
  • Technology Block (6 rooms) redevelopment and upgrade
  • Redevelopment of the school entrance
  • Construction of a new art and design suite
  • Demolition of Foster block and construction of a Social Sciences centre

Notable alumni[edit]


Public service[edit]




Drug controversy[edit]

In 2002 Napier Boys' High School teacher, Reuben John Martin was arrested for manufacturing Class B MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy. Martin is currently serving time for this offence.[10] [11]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 7 April 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Alpers, Oscar. "Oscar Thorwald Johan Alpers". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011. 
  4. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 324.
  5. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 319.
  6. ^ HOCKEY: Quantum career leap for Bay's young stars
  7. ^ "Richard Steven Turner : New Zealand All Black". Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  8. ^ Anzac Day: From teen ratbag to hero (April 25, 2012). Hawkes Bay Today. Retrieved 2012-05-02
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Bail for teacher on drugs charges". WYSIWYG New Zealand News. 10 May 2002. 
  11. ^ "Two admit charges of manufacturing ecstasy". The New Zealand Herald. 11 August 2003. 


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