Waitaki Boys' High School

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Waitaki Boys' High School
Waitaki Avenue,
New Zealand
Coordinates 45°04′37″S 170°59′41″E / 45.0769°S 170.9946°E / -45.0769; 170.9946Coordinates: 45°04′37″S 170°59′41″E / 45.0769°S 170.9946°E / -45.0769; 170.9946
Type State, Boys, Secondary years 9-15
Motto Quanti est sapere
Established 1883
Ministry of Education Institution no. 365
Rector Paul Jackson (2012-Present)
School roll 492[1] (March 2015)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]

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.[3] As of 2012, it has a school roll of just under 500.[4]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 7 April 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "125th anniversary to be 'momentous' occasion". Otago Daily Times. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Waitaki Boys' High School". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ From Bluff to Baghdad, Te Karaka, Winter 2005.
  6. ^ Ryan, Rebecca (31 May 2013). "Living Everest dream". Oamaru Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  7. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 303. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  8. ^ Brown, Bruce. "Nordmeyer, Arnold Henry - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

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