Palmerston North Boys' High School
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|Palmerston North Boys' High School|
|263 Featherston St, Palmerston North, New Zealand|
|Type||State single-sex boys, Secondary (Year 9-13) with Boarding Facilities|
Nihil Boni Sine Labore
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||202|
|Rector||David M. Bovey|
|School roll||1782 (March 2015)|
- 1 Location
- 2 Students and School Culture
- 3 History and Controversy
- 4 Facilities
- 5 Clubs
- 6 Sporting reputation
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
Palmerston North Boys' High School has a large campus located on Featherston Street between Rangitikei and North Streets in the central city. There are secondary entrances to the school on Wellesbourne Street, Ivanhoe Terrace, Edgeware Road and North Street. The rear boundary is shared with Queen Elizabeth College.
Students and School Culture
Most of the school's approximately 1,700 students are "day boys" from Palmerston North and surrounding townships such as Ashhurst, Levin, and Feilding. Around 170 boys are housed in an onsite boarding hostel - College House (Also known as 'Murray House,' after former Rector John Murray; his former home is part of the hostel).
The school's mission statement is to "develop educated men of outstanding character" and the core values listed below are emphasized through all aspects of learning and school life:
History and Controversy
In 1902, Palmerston North High School was established as a co-educational secondary school with an initial roll of 84 students (40 boys and 44 girls, the first person being on the roll was a girl). The first classes were held at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Sunday School hall. In 1920, Palmerston North High School was split into two single-sex schools: Palmerston North Girls' High School and Palmerston North Boys' High School.
In a 1990 case, M & R v Syms and the Board of Trustees of Palmerston North Boys High School  NZAR 705, the plaintiffs challenged the steps taken by the Rector in suspending both students for consumption of alcohol, and later by the Board expelling M. McGechan J gave judgment for the plaintiffs holding that the Rector's discretion as to whether to suspend the pupils "is not to be ignored, as if non-existent. Nor is it to be fettered by a Principal through self imposed rules permitting no exceptions". The Judge further found that the Board did not exercise its mind on the ultimate discretion whether or not to uplift suspension or procure removal.
In September 2006 the school had an outbreak of tuberculosis in which a substantial number of students contracted a latent form of tuberculosis, as well as a small amount of students who had active tuberculosis. However this outbreak was resolved and the school has since been running normally.
The then Rector, Tim O'Connor, was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship and the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2007.
The school has had nine rectors:
|1902–1918||John E. Vernon|
|1947–1954||O. J. Begg|
|1954–1963||Edward S. Craven|
|1963–1970||Percy A. Muirhead|
|1971–1987||Eric D. P. White|
|1987–2002||D. A. Syms|
|2002 – 2012||T. M. O'Connor|
|2012 - Present||D. M. Bovey|
The school has a wide variety of facilities beyond the classrooms
- ICT computer suites
- Specialised technology/workshop block
- College House - Boarding facilities for approximately 200 students
- War Memorial Gallery and archive room
- Ian Colquhoun Memorial Hall - 1700 seat auditorium
- The Speirs Centre
- Recording facilities
- Rehearsal rooms
- David A. Syms Auditorium - 400 seat theatre
- Little Theatre - 80 seat theatre
- Two multiuse gymnasiums
- Full sized basketball court
- Weights room
- Heated indoor swimming pool
- Two Rugby fields
- Football field
- Three artificial cricket wickets and a grass wicket
- Cricket training nets
- Astroturf all-weather tennis and hockey courts
- Two sports pavilion
Palmerston North Boys' High School is divided into six 'clubs'. On enrolment students are placed in a club at random, or into a house with a family tie (the same as his brothers, father, grandfather or uncles). Staff are also placed in clubs, with the exception of the Rector.
The clubs names and colours are as follows:
|Colours||Name||Reason for name|
|Albion||Named for the founding club secretary|
|Gordon||Named for the founding club secretary|
|Kia Ora||The reason for this name unknown. See: Kia Ora.|
|Murray||Named for former Rector Mr John Murray|
|Phoenix||Named for the Phoenix on the school crest|
|Vernon||Named for the school's second Rector, Mr J. Vernon|
Murray Club is also known as College House, is composed of the school's boarding students.
The Clubs compete in a wide range of sports and codes, including team sports, individual sports, and whole club activities, such as Road-Race and Marching competitions. For each code the clubs are ranked first to last, with the winning club gaining one point, and the loser gaining six. The club with the least points at the end of the school year wins the Shand Shield.
The school is known for its success in cricket, and has won the Gillette Cup more times than any other school. It is known for producing future Black Caps, under the cricket development program employed by the school, which allows talent to be identified and nurtured successfully. It has also experienced success nationally in other sports such as soccer, badminton, squash, basketball, hockey and rugby.
The rugby union 1st XV plays in an all-white strip. Other rugby teams from Boys' High are likely to play in blue and white hooped jerseys, similar to Auckland or St Kentigern College
- Grant Cutler - Palmerston North Jets (now Manawatu Jets) - NBL
- Stacey Lambert - Manawatu Jets
- Jamie How - Black Caps
- Adam Milne - Black Caps
- Jacob Oram - Black Caps
- David O'Sullivan - Black Caps
- Victor Pollard - Black Caps and footballer
- Mathew Sinclair - Black Caps
- Ian Smith - New Zealand cricketer and commentator
- Derek Stirling - Black Caps
- Ross Taylor - Black Caps
- George Worker
- Bryan Yuile - Black Caps
- Stu Jacobs - All Whites, New Zealand Olympic coach
- Steven Old
- Jarrod Smith
- Alex Rufer- Wellington Phoenix
- Kurt Baker - IRB Sevens
- Josh Bradnock - Hurricanes Super 14 rugby
- Francis Bryant - Manawatu Turbos
- Craig Clare - Manawatu Turbos
- Aaron Cruden - All Blacks
- Jason Eaton - All Blacks (former)
- Hamish Gard - Canterbury rugby union
- Dean Kenny - former All Black
- Emosi Koloto - Manawatu, Wellington and Tonga
- Johnny Leota - Highlanders Super 14 Rugby
- Lifeimi Mafi - Munster Rugby Union
- Andre Taylor - New Zealand Maori rugby team
- Brent Thompson - former Hurricanes player
- Grant Webb - rugby union
- Craig Wickes - All Blacks
- Ma'afu Fia- Highlanders super 15.
- Doug Tietjens- Highlanders super 15
- Ben Funnell- Crusaders super 15
- Hadleigh Parkes- Blues super 15
- Jason Emery- Manawatu Turbos 2012/13, Highlanders super 15 2012/13
- Jade Te Rure- Manawatu Turbos 2013
Politics and public service
- The Rt. Hon. Major-General Sir Harold Barrowclough (1894–1972), Chief Justice of New Zealand (1953–1966)
- Douglas Carter (1908–1988), former National MP representing the Raglan electorate
- Trevor de Cleene (1933–2001), former Labour MP representing the Palmerston North electorate
- Sir Gaven Donne (1914–2010), former Chief Justice of Samoa, Niue, the Cook Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu
- Jonathan Hunt (born 1938), former Speaker of the House and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
- Major-General Brian Poananga (1924–1995), Chief of the General Staff, New Zealand Army
- Shane Cortese - NZ theatre and TV actor
- Clarke Gayford - television personality
- Peter Land - UK theatre and TV actor
- Hamish McKay - NZ television presenter
- Richard Wilkins - television presenter
- Jed Brophy - TY and film actor - Lord of the Rings
- H. W. Gretton - poet, lyricist, teacher, journalist, diarist and soldier
- Fred Hollows - ophthalmologist
- Colin Webster-Watson - artist
- Guthrie Wilson - novelist and educator
- Gregor W. Yeates - scientist
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