Tokomairiro High School

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Tokomairiro High School
TokoHSbadge.jpg
Address
Union Street, Milton, New Zealand
Coordinates 46°06′48″S 169°57′56″E / 46.1134°S 169.9656°E / -46.1134; 169.9656Coordinates: 46°06′48″S 169°57′56″E / 46.1134°S 169.9656°E / -46.1134; 169.9656
Information
Motto Disciplina Moderatio Comitas
Established 1856
Ministry of Education Institution no. 392
Principal Glenis Sim
School roll 261[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 4K[2]
Website

Tokomairiro High School is a co-educational, state secondary school in Milton, New Zealand, often simply known as "Toko".

History[edit]

Founded in 1856 as Tokomairiro School, it is one of New Zealand's oldest schools. It was originally established at Fairfax (now Tokoiti) in the southeast of Milton, with Alexander Ayson as the first teacher. As Milton grew in size due to the Central Otago goldrush in the early 1860s, a larger school was soon needed. This was erected close to the centre of Milton in Spenser Street in 1863. In 1868, the Otago Provincial Government named Toko as one of the province's four grammar schools.

Tokomairiro High School

By the late 1870s, the school had swollen in size from its original 24 pupils to over 300. A new building was needed, as the Spenser Street site had been made to accommodate only some 200 children. The new school, on the present site at the north end of Union Street, was opened in 1880. The current school buildings were added to this stone building during the mid 20th century, and "the old stone school" erected in 1880 was finally demolished in 1970.

During the 1880s, the school moved towards a more technical and scientific curriculum. The school's headmaster (its fourth) James Reid, was a keen student of chemistry, and technical subjects taught ranged from the "pure" sciences to agricultural studies and woodworking. Reid was headmaster for 26 years, from 1880 to 1906.

During the 1930s, the school officially became a District High School. This was finally split into the current Tokomairiro High School (with intermediate and secondary classes) and Milton Primary School in 1966. Most of the current school buildings date from around or after this time.

Notable staff[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Thomson, A.D. "Cockayne, Leonard". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  4. ^ McCallum, Janet. "Ross, Forrestina Elizabeth and Ross, Malcolm". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Knight, Lindsay. "Ken Bloxham". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Porter, Frances. "Scholefield, Guy Hardy". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 October 2015.