Christchurch Boys' High School
|Christchurch Boys' High School|
The school's main entrance
Day and boarding school
|Motto||Latin: Altiora Peto
(I Seek Higher Things)
|Established||18 May 1881|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||327|
|School roll||1408 (February 2017)|
Christchurch Boys' High School is a single sex state secondary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is situated on a 12-hectare (30-acre) site between the suburbs of Riccarton and Fendalton, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the west of central Christchurch. The school also provides boarding facilities for 130 boys in a residence called Adams House located about 500 metres (1,600 ft) to the east. The school's colours are deep blue and black with an occasional flash of gold.
Established in 1881, the prime purpose of Christchurch Boys' High School was to prepare students for enrolment into the then newly formed Canterbury College, now known as the University of Canterbury. Consequently, it was initially co-located with the College in downtown Christchurch, at the site of the modern-day Christchurch Arts Centre. As the university and school expanded, the school moved to its present location on Straven Road in 1926. The school's present site was originally a farm owned by Canterbury’s pioneer settlers, the Deans, and several buildings from the Deans' farm still stand on the grounds. The school's main building is registered by Heritage New Zealand as a Category I heritage building, with registration number 3658.
Christchurch Boys' High School has a rich sporting and academic history and boasts many traditions. The school has produced many All Blacks, with only Auckland Grammar School having produced more. The school can also lay claim to several famous cricketers. There is a unique ANZAC Day service each year that is compulsory for new students of the school to attend to commemorate the hundreds of Old Boys' that fought and died in the two World Wars. The school song 'Altiora Peto' has a third verse that is only heard on this day. In 2004 CBHS provided 2 of New Zealands 'top scholars', one of only 3 schools to do so with the other two both being girls-only schools in the Auckland region.
Of note is the fierce rivalry Boys' High has with Christ's College, Christchurch and the annual Christ's College / Boys' High rugby match is a major event in any calendar year. This rivalry harks back over a hundred years to when the schools were not only the first two all male schools to be founded in Canterbury, but also conveniently situated within 100 m (330 ft) of each other.
Of late, the school's cultural activities have gained some prominence, in particular its dramatic and musical productions where it often joins forces with its sister school, Christchurch Girls' High School.
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- Rewi Alley - writer, social reformer
- Brian Brake - photographer
- Allen Curnow - poet
- Alan Duff - writer
- Jason Gunn - radio and television personality
- Sir David Low - cartoonist
- Bryan Staff - broadcaster, writer and photographer
- Bill Sutton (1917–2000), artist
- Marley Sola Wilcox-Nanai - singer/songwriter and member of Moorhouse
- Marlon Williams - musician
- Niel Wright - poet and critic
- James Burrows - army commander (also an All Black)
- Sir Leonard Monk Isitt - air force leader
- Sir Howard Kippenberger - army commander
- Keith Thiele - WWII pilot
- Bob Bell - former National MP for the Gisborne electorate
- Max Bradford - Minister of Defence 1998, former Chief Executive of National Party, Member of Parliament for Tarawera and Rotorua New Zealand Parliament
- Dr Donald Brash - Former leader of both the National Party, the ACT Party, and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
- George Forbes - Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1930 to 1935, first leader of the National Party
- Bruce Jesson - left-wing activist
- Keith Locke - spokesperson on international affairs, defence and disarmament issues for the last decade (for NewLabour, the Alliance, and now the Green Party)
- Sir Maui Pomare - Māori politician, doctor, reformer
- Tony Steel - former All Black, Headmaster of Hamilton Boys' High School and Member of Parliament
Christchurch Boys' High has one of the richest sporting alumni of any school in New Zealand, having produced the Hadlee brothers (cricket) and numerous All Black rugby footballers (46 in total) who have gone on to represent New Zealand with great distinction.
- David Ambler - sprinter
- Geoff Allott - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Corey Anderson - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Todd Astle - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Chris Cairns - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Lee Germon - Captain New Zealand Cricket Team
- Dayle Hadlee - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Sir Richard Hadlee - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Walter Hadlee - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Blair Hartland - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Llorne Howell - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Tom Latham - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Chris Martin - New Zealand Cricket Team
- Hugh Copland - Black Sticks
- George Enersen - Black Sticks
- Mark Burtt - Black Sticks
- Nick Haig - Black Sticks, Olympian
- Andrew Hastie - Black Sticks
- Selwyn Maister - Black Sticks, Olympic gold medallist 1976
- John Christensen - Black Sticks, Olympic gold medallist 1976
- Gary Lawson - Black Jacks
- Daniel Carter - All Black
- Bob Deans - All Black
- Bob Duff - All Black captain and All Black Coach
- Ben Franks - All Black
- Owen Franks - All Black
- Daryl Gibson - All Black
- Scott Hamilton - All Black
- Steve Hansen - All Blacks coach, Wales coach
- Sir Graham Henry - All Blacks coach, Wales coach
- David Hewett - All Black
- Anton Lienert-Brown - All Black
- Richard Loe - All Black
- Aaron Mauger - All Black
- Nathan Mauger - All Black
- Fergie McCormick - All Black
- Andrew Mehrtens - All Black
- James Paterson - USA Eagle
- Brodie Retallick - All Black
- Luke Romano - All Black
- Colin Slade - All Black
- Matt Todd - All Black
- Adam Thomson - All Black
- Patrick Vincent - All Black captain
- Kosei Ono - Japan national rugby union team
- Greg Graham - New Zealand JR Rally Champion three times, Trans Tasman Rally Championship Winner, Works Rally Driver for Subaru New Zealand/Australia/Asia.
- Ivan Mauger, OBE, MBE - Six time Speedway World Champion
- Anton Cooper - Commonwealth Games Gold 2014
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