Palmerston North Girls' High School

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Palmerston North Girls' High School
Te Kura Kōhine o Papaioea
Fitzherbert Avenue
Palmerston North 4410
New Zealand

Coordinates 40°22′03″S 175°37′06″E / 40.3676°S 175.6184°E / -40.3676; 175.6184Coordinates: 40°22′03″S 175°37′06″E / 40.3676°S 175.6184°E / -40.3676; 175.6184
Type Single-sex Secondary School for Girls' (Year 9-13)
Motto Semper Sursum
'Ever Upwards'
Established 1912
Ministry of Education Institution no. 203
Principal Melba Scott
School roll 1270[1] (July 2014)
Socio-economic decile 9

Palmerston North Girls' High School is a secondary school for girls, located in the suburb of West End in the city of Palmerston North, New Zealand.


The main entrance of the school is located on Fitzherbert Avenue, near the Victoria Esplanade. Adjacent to the north is Huia Street and tennis courts. Behind the school is Manawaroa-Ongley Park.

As of 2009, PNGHS has approximately 1200 pupils enrolled.


In 1902, Palmerston North High School was a co-ed secondary school created with an initial roll of 84 students. (40 boys and 44 girls). The first classes were held at St Andrews Presbyterian Church Sunday School hall.

In 1912, Palmerston North High School was split into two single-sex schools: PNGHS and PNBHS.

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  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 30 July 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 

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