James Cook High School

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James Cook High School
Jc logo1.png
Dr Pickering Avenue,
New Zealand
Coordinates 37°02′09″S 174°53′08″E / 37.0358°S 174.8856°E / -37.0358; 174.8856Coordinates: 37°02′09″S 174°53′08″E / 37.0358°S 174.8856°E / -37.0358; 174.8856
Type State, co-educational, secondary (Years 9-13)
Motto Endeavour
Established 1968
Ministry of Education Institution no. 100
Principal Grant McMillan
School roll 1247[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile 1B[2]

James Cook High School is a state co-ed secondary school in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa, New Zealand.

School structure[edit]

The school's colours are royal blue and gold.


James Cook High School was opened in February 1968.

ERO findings[edit]

As of 2017 the school is struggling to meet students' needs when it comes to learning. The Education Review Office (ERO) had suggested external intervention to override the obstacles the school is facing.[3]

Between 2014 and 2016, the National Certificates of Education Achievement (NCEA) had observed some declining in student enrollment and suggested external intervention method to ERO. In 2016, New Zealand Qualifications Authority suggested to improve student participation level to meet its quality standards.[3]


According to a 2017 ERO report, the school gender balance is even. The school's racial composition is 46% Māori, 22% Samoan, 7% Tongan, 4% Indian, 1% Niue and 16% other. Pākehā and Middle Eastern make up 2% each.[3]

Notable alumni and teachers[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "James Cook High School". Education Review Office. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Richard Knowler (10 July 2009). "Masaga runs for Mum". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax NZ. Retrieved 24 June 2018.

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