Tauranga Boys' College

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Tauranga Boys' College
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  • 664 Cameron Road,
  • Tauranga,
  • New Zealand
Coordinates 37°42′09″S 176°09′26″E / 37.7026°S 176.1572°E / -37.7026; 176.1572Coordinates: 37°42′09″S 176°09′26″E / 37.7026°S 176.1572°E / -37.7026; 176.1572
Type State single-sex boys, Secondary (Year 9-13)
Motto Latin: Pergo et Perago English: I take up the work and I carry it through
Established 1958
Ministry of Education Institution no. 121
Principal Robert Mangan
School roll 1890[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 6N[2]

Tauranga Boys' College is a state secondary school for boys, located on the edge of the downtown area of Tauranga, New Zealand. The school was founded in 1946 as Tauranga College, before overcrowding saw the school become single sex in 1958. The school has a roll of 1890 students from years 9 to 13 (approx. ages 13 to 18) as of July 2017.[1]


Secondary education in Tauranga began in 1900,[3] with the establishment of a district high school joined with Tauranga School. By the mid-1930s, the buildings were inadequate for use, and a push for a separate secondary school began. In 1937, the education board purchased the motor camp "Hillsdene", originally one of the 10-acre (40,000 m2) blocks laid out after the Battle of Gate Pā. However, World War II delayed building on the site until 1944. After two years of building, Tauranga College was opened on 5 February 1946. The college ran until 1958 - due to overcrowding, female students moved to a newly built campus, which was named Tauranga Girls' College. Male students remained in Tauranga College, which became known as Tauranga Boys' College.[4][5]

The College seeks to honour the past in creating the future. This includes honours boards recognising top scholars and New Zealand representative sportsmen, the naming of buildings after former principals and assorted trees and memorials for World War II victims and students who died whilst enrolled.


  • 1958-1959: Mr A. G. Nicholson
  • 1959-1967: Mr G. I. N. Sim
  • 1967-1971: Mr R. E. K. Barton
  • 1971-1984: Mr N. D. Morris
  • 1984-2008: Mr G. S. Young[4] (resigned on 29 November 2007 and left 18 April 2008)[6]
  • 2008–present: Mr R. W. Mangan


Tauranga Boys' College has six houses. The houses are all named after prominent New Zealanders. In alphabetical order, they are:

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Brian Gould - Rhodes Scholar, UK Labour politician & Vice Chancellor University of Waikato
  • Rod Gover - Rhodes Scholar

The Arts[edit]

Public service[edit]

  • Tuariki Delamere - politician & Commonwealth Games athlete
  • Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson - KNZM, OBE, AFC Chief of New Zealand Defence Force
  • Todd Muller - Member of Parliament for the Bay of Plenty (2014 - present)



  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ McKinnon, Malcolm (2 March 2009). "Government - Bay of Plenty region". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.tbc.school.nz/elearning/departments/Humanities/Pages/Social_Studies/TBC%20Intro%20Booklet.pdf
  5. ^ Bay of Plenty - Government - Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  6. ^ Bay of Plenty Times: "Prominent Tauranga principal resigns" (Carly Udy), 29 November 2007
  7. ^ a b c Gillespie, Kiri (17 August 2016). "TBC trio inspires school with Rio efforts". Bay of Plenty Times. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Chch City Libraries". Christchurchcitylibraries.com. Retrieved 17 August 2016.