Shirley Boys' High School
|Shirley Boys' High School|
|Type||State Single sex boys secondary (Year 9-13)|
|Motto||Interest Omnium Recte Facere|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||321|
|Principal||Mr John Laurenson|
Shirley Boys' High School (known as SBHS) is a single sex state (public) secondary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is situated on a 6 hectare site in the suburb of Shirley, 3.8 kilometres (13 minutes) from the city centre, but it will be co-located with Avonside Girls' High School at a site in east Christchurch yet to be announced. The school colours are sky blue and gold.
Parents in the eastern and northern suburbs of Christchurch had wanted single-sex education for their sons. In 1957, this finally became available when the school opened under its first Headmaster, Charles Gallagher.
Established on a swampy paddock formerly used for grazing horses to the west of North Parade, the School grew rapidly. Within a few years it became a self-confessed and proud rival to Christchurch Boys' High School as well as to St. Andrew's and St Bede's College.
A detailed satirical portrait of the school as it was in the late 1960s can be found in The Shining City, a novel by former student Stevan Eldred-Grigg. A boy about to begin at the school is told 'The big guys will pull your knob off. The big guys pull the knob off all the little guys'. Charles Vaughan Gallagher, the headmaster of the period, is portrayed as John Vere Coughlan: 'a squat man in a drooping black gown'. The protagonist of the novel decides that the school was 'just a lie, just a blank in the middle of the day'.
On the Easter weekend (April) of 2007, Shirley Boys' High School celebrated its 50th Jubilee. Commemorative events included an Old Boys' XV playing the current 2nd XV and the 1st XV playing in historic uniform against St. Andrew's College; as well as a golf tournament, formal black-tie dinner, staff luncheon and 'meet-and-greet evening'.
During the magnitude 6.3 quake on 22 February the school suffered extensive damage and had to close. At least two classroom blocks were expected to be demolished, and all of the concrete areas of the school, including the new tennis courts, were badly damaged. The students didn't attend school for almost a month, before a decision was reached on what to do with the students.
The decision was made to shift its pupils to Papanui High School - with Papanui High School's students changing to attend classes from 8am until 1pm, while the Shirley Boys' High School students entered the school at 1.15pm and finished at 5.45pm. After about 6 months of this arrangement pupils were able to return to the re-opened school in early September 2011. Education Minister Hekia Parata announced on 16 October 2013 that the school would co-located with Avonside Girls' High School at a site in east Christchurch yet to be announced.
|Rutherford||Named after lord Ernest Rutherford, physicist.|
|Aoraki||Named after Aoraki/Mount Cook, the largest peak in New Zealand.|
|Mullins||Named after Mr. Mullins, Former Deputy Headmaster.|
|Snell||Named after Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete.|
|Blake||Named after Peter Blake, New Zealand sailor and conservationist.|
- Nathan Astle - former New Zealand cricketer
- Ryan Crotty - current Canterbury Crusaders rugby player.
- Stevan Eldred-Grigg - current New Zealand novelist and historian.
- Craig Green - former All Black wing
- Chris Jack - former All Black lock
- Hugh McCutcheon - current United States men's national volleyball team head coach
- Craig McMillan - former New Zealand cricketer
- Richard Petrie - former New Zealand cricketer
- Setaimata Sa - current Sydney Roosters rugby league player
- Hayden Shaw - former Black Stick
- Bradley Shaw - current Black Stick
- Amodeo, Colin (March 2007). On Parade!: Shirley Boys' High School - The First Fifty Years. Caxton Press. ISBN 1-877303-08-9.
- This referred to the knob on the top of the caps which were then part of the uniform
- Eldred-Grigg, Stevan (1991). The Shining City. Penguin Books. ISBN 014014935X.
- Jo Gilbert and Tracey Cooper (1 March 2011). "Minister visits earthquake damaged Christchurch schools". The Press. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- Ben Heather, Jo Gilbert and Charley Mann (2 March 2011). "Schools on the move". The Press. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- Gilbert, Jo (7 April 2011). "Some schools plan to return to their sites". The Press. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
- "Shirley Boys High back in business", September 12 2011, ONE News
- O'Callaghan, Jody (16 October 2013). "Two schools to share site in city's east". The Press. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- BYUCougars.com Men's Volleyball Athlete Profile (Hugh McCutcheon)
- New Zealand national rugby league team