Henderson High School (Auckland)

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Henderson High School
Henderson High School logo.gif
Henderson Valley Road,
New Zealand
Coordinates 36°53′00″S 174°37′38″E / 36.8832°S 174.6271°E / -36.8832; 174.6271Coordinates: 36°53′00″S 174°37′38″E / 36.8832°S 174.6271°E / -36.8832; 174.6271
Type State, Co-educational, Secondary
Motto A Mind Aware Of Right
Established 1953
Ministry of Education Institution no. 45
Principal Mr Mike J. Purcell
School roll 724[1] (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 3I[2]

Henderson High School is a co-educational secondary school in the west Auckland suburb of Henderson, New Zealand, catering for students from Year 9 to Year 13. In May 2013 the school celebrated its 60th Jubilee, with top New Zealand Fashion designer Trelise Cooper, who is a former pupil of the school.


Henderson High School was the first school constructed to a new common design plan, which were used during the post-World War II period to speed up secondary school construction. The "Henderson type school" was a single-storey all-timber school design, with long wings of classrooms facing onto corridors, fanning out from a central spine. It was a derivative of the "Naenae type school" (after its first use at Naenae College in Lower Hutt), which with two stories and mixed concrete and timber construction was too slow for a major school building programme. The Henderson school design lasted four years, 1953 to 1956, before it was replaced in 1957 with a new design centred on self-contained classroom blocks. Other school in the Auckland area built to the Henderson design include One Tree Hill College, Rangitoto College and Selwyn College.[3]

The school has a small independently owned and operated tuck shop.

International Students[edit]

Henderson High School each year gets students from different countries, which include Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.[4]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Post-primary Schools -- 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.hhs.school.nz/Site/International_Students.ashx