Southland Boys' High School
|Southland Boys' High School|
|Type||State Single Sex Boys Secondary (Year 7-13) with Boarding Facilities|
|Motto||Non Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus
Not for school but for life we are learning
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||404|
Southland Boys' High School (SBHS) is an all-boys school in Invercargill, New Zealand, and has been the only one in the city since Marist Brothers was merged with St Catherines to form Verdon College in 1982.
SBHS was founded in 1881 and, in 1926, the original brick building was opened on the present Herbert St site. This building is called the Pearce Block in memory of Mr T. Pearce who was rector from around 1904 to 1929. Subsequent buildings were named after George Uttley, Malcolm Leadbetter, Don Grant and Laurie Cornwell. The gymnasium was named after Jim Page.
The west end of the Pearce Block suffered a fire during Easter 1980 which was well recorded in the 1980 year book "The Southlandian". The fire extensively damaged three class rooms on the upper floor whilst the Rector's, DP's and Senior Master's offices on the ground floor were water damaged (in the right hand side of the photo).
The school co-hosted the 2006 State Twenty20 Cricket Knock-Out Tournament in Invercargill.
Well-known former students include Jeremy Waldron, who graduated in 1970 and is now a prominent legal and political philosopher in the United States, and Andrew White, who played rugby for the All Blacks in the 1920s. Back in the early 1980s there were several rows of framed photos in the downstairs corridor of the Grant Block of Old Boys who had gone on to represent New Zealand at rugby or cricket. The Leadbetter Wing also had framed photos of the First 15 rugby team dating back to around 1913.
Former rectors of the school include:
- Mr Blanchflower (1881 - c. 1885)
- Mr Highton (??)
- Mr Fowler (?? - c. 1904)
- Mr T.Pearce (1904 - 1929)
- Dr George Uttley (1930 - 1946)
- Mr Malcolm Leadbetter (1947 - 1950)
- Mr Don Grant (1950 - 1963)
- Mr Laurie Cornwell (1963 - 1981)
- Mr Jack Alabaster (1981 - 1988)
- Mr Rowly Currie (1989 - 1999)
- Mr Ian Baldwin (2000 - Present)