Hamilton Girls' High School

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Hamilton Girls' High School
Ward Street
Hamilton Central
Hamilton 3204
New Zealand
Coordinates 37°47′23″S 175°16′37″E / 37.7896°S 175.2770°E / -37.7896; 175.2770Coordinates: 37°47′23″S 175°16′37″E / 37.7896°S 175.2770°E / -37.7896; 175.2770
Type State single-sex girls, Secondary (Year 9-13) with Boarding Facilities
Motto Sapiens Fortunam Fingit Sibi
"A wise woman shapes her own destiny"
Established 1911
Ministry of Education Institution no. 132
Principal Marie Gordon
School roll 1705[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]

Hamilton Girls' High School is a state single sex secondary school located in central Hamilton, New Zealand. The school caters for students in Years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18).


Hamilton High School was opened to students on 10 July 1911, on the current site of Hamilton Girls' High School. The first Principal was Mr Eben Wilson and he was followed by Mr H D Tait in 1937.

In 1955, Hamilton High school was divided into separate boys' and girls' schools, and Hamilton Girls' High School retained the original site with Miss Joan Ellis being the first Principal. She was followed by Miss Lesley Anderson in 1958, Miss Pat Edbrooke in 1969, Mrs Lyn Scott in 1982, Mrs Judith Miles in 1988, Mrs Lil Garland in 1998 and Mrs Mary Ann Baxter 2004. The current Principal is Mrs Marie Gordon who started in 2013.

The buildings have changed significantly over the years - all that remains of the original school is the front steps to the original building, and these now lead to the Wharenui and Wharekai and Maori Language area. There is a sense of history in the grounds[citation needed].

The school is supported by a boarding Hostel, Sonninghill, which caters for 130 girls.

The Hamilton High and Girls' High School Old Girls' Association supports Hamilton Girls' High School and has three functions a year which any past pupil can attend.[3]

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  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  4. ^ "Terina Te Tamaki". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 

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