Waitaki Boys' High School
|Waitaki Boys' High School|
|Type||State, Boys, Secondary years 9-15|
|Motto||Quanti est sapere|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||365|
|Rector||Paul Jackson (2012-Present)|
|School roll||498 (2012)|
Waitaki Boys' High School is a secondary school for boys located in the northern part of the town of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, with day and boarding facilities, and was founded in 1883. As of 2012[update], it has a school roll of just under 500.
The school has a house system with four houses, Don, Forrester, Lee and Sutherland. It organises some cultural activities together with its nearby sister school, Waitaki Girls' High School.
The school is notable for its British colonial architecture, encompassing such historic buildings such as the Hall of Memories, an assembly hall, built to honour its former pupils who died in various wars.
In keeping with its unisex colonial past (echoes of the British class system and single-sex schools) the achievements of Waitaki's school leavers were the usual mixed bag. Some were exceptional old boys (ex-pupils) with meritorious achievements who moved on to achieve greatness, while others left and faded into obscurity.
Frank Milner, known as "The Man" was headmaster for many years.
- Peter Arnett - journalist
- Fraser Barron - bomber pilot during WWII
- James Bertram - professor, journalist
- Denis Blundell - lawyer, Governor-General
- Dean Hall - video game designer, mountaineer
- Charles Brasch - poet
- Douglas Carter - former National MP for the Raglan electorate
- Gonville ffrench-Beytagh (1912 - 1991), Dean of Johannesburg and an anti-apartheid activist.
- Malcolm Grant - Provost and President of University College London
- Ron Guthrey - Mayor of Christchurch (1968–1971)
- A. M. Hamilton - engineer
- Lindsay Merritt Inglis (1894–1966), a senior officer in the New Zealand Military Forces
- Douglas Lilburn - Professor, composer
- Robert Reynolds Macintosh (1897–1989), first Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetics, Oxford
- Terry McCombs - politician, headmaster
- Arnold Nordmeyer (1901–1989), politician, Labour Party Minister of Finance 1957–1960
- Foss Shanahan - diplomat
- Angus Tait - electronics innovator and businessman
- Des Wilson - campaigner in Britain
- David Sewell- Former New Zealand and Otago Cricketer
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