Hastings Boys' High School

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Hastings Boys' High School
800 South Karamu Road, Hastings, New Zealand
Coordinates 39°39′00″S 176°50′09″E / 39.6501°S 176.8357°E / -39.6501; 176.8357Coordinates: 39°39′00″S 176°50′09″E / 39.6501°S 176.8357°E / -39.6501; 176.8357
Type State single-sex boys, Secondary (Year 9-13)
Motto "Young men united by respect"
Established 1904
Ministry of Education Institution no. 227
Headmaster R.G. Sturch
School roll 785[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 2F[2]

Hastings Boys' High School is a boys' secondary school in Hastings, New Zealand. The school is part of the Super 8. The school was founded in 1904 as Hastings High School. In 1922, it became Hastings Technical School under the leadership of William Penlington, who remained headmaster until 1949.[3][4]

In the mid-1950s, the school split into Hastings Girls' High School and Hastings Boys' School.[3] It has four Houses, Te Mata (red), Heretaunga (blue), Te Kahu (grey) and Mana Huia (black). These houses compete in many sporting events with each other throughout the year.

Students at Hastings Boys' High School organised a conference in 1999 to consider cloning the Huia, their school emblem.[5][6] The Maori tribe Ngati Huia agreed, in principle, to support the endeavour, which would be carried out at the University of Otago, and a California-based Internet start-up volunteered $100,000 of funding.[7] However, as of 2008, the cloning has not taken place.

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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. ^ a b "History". Hastings Boys' High School. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Boyd, Mary. "William Arthur Greener Penlington". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Boys Cloning Birds, New Zealand Science Monthly, September 2000. Retrieved on 15 December 2008.
  6. ^ "CNN - Cloning of extinct Huia bird approved". CNN website. CNN news. July 20, 1999. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  7. ^ Dorey, Emma (1999). "Huia cloned back to life?". Nature Biotechnology. 17 (8): 736. doi:10.1038/11628. PMID 10429272. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  8. ^ Moore, Christopher (8 June 2013). "Conjuring space and freedom". The Press. Christchurch. p. C3. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 310.
  10. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 324.