New Plymouth Boys' High School

New Plymouth Boys' High School
Te Kura Tuarua mō ngā Tamatoa o Pukeāriki

View of New Plymouth Boys High School
Et comitate, Et virtute, Et Sapientia
"Comradeship, Valour and Wisdom"
Coronation Avenue
New Plymouth
New Zealand
Coordinates 39°03′41″S 174°05′12″E / 39.0613°S 174.0866°E / -39.0613; 174.0866Coordinates: 39°03′41″S 174°05′12″E / 39.0613°S 174.0866°E / -39.0613; 174.0866
Type State single sex boys' secondary (Year 9-13) with boarding facilities
Established 1882
Ministry of Education Institution no. 171
Headmaster Paul Verić
School roll 1207[1] (July 2016)
Socio-economic decile 7O[2]

New Plymouth Boys' High School is a single-sex boys' state secondary school in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

The school currently caters for approximately 1300 students, including 210 boarders, on its 15 hectares (37 acres) site.[3]

The school often collaborates with the very close-by New Plymouth Girls' High School. For example, the Hillary Challenge team for New Plymouth always draws students from both schools and the jazz band and concert band include musicians from both schools.


New Plymouth Boys' High School was founded in 1882 and celebrated its 125th Jubilee in 2007.[4] Thomas Shailer Weston was for some time a governor of the school.[5]


New Plymouth Boys' High School currently has four houses, with Hatherly being the boarder house.


The school recently acquired a new wing (now known as the French-Wright Block, named for the former headmaster Lyal French-Wright) with facilities for administration, science and mathematics. The wing incorporates modern architecture to add a new flavor to the traditional school. The wing was opened by the Prime Minister at the time, Helen Clark.

The school has a Boarding Hostel, providing accommodation for up to 200 boys.

Student-based radio station

New Plymouth Boys' High also had their own radio station named "Gully FM", as the school's gully is a major part of New Plymouth Boys' High. Gully FM broadcast locally to New Plymouth on 87.9 FM. Gully FM was founded in 2011 after a small group of students got together and put forward a proposal to the headmaster. Gully FM mainly broadcast pop, modern rock and dubstep aimed at the students of the school.[6]

United Space School

New Plymouth Boys' High School and New Plymouth Girls' High School are the only New Zealand schools to take part in the Foundation for International Space Education's United Space School which is held in Houston, Texas each year. One student from each school (and in 2009 a teacher[7]), is selected to attend.

Exchange programme

An exchange relationship has been established with a Chilean High School so that every year, students alternate exchanges. In 2006, NPBHS travelled to Chile and in 2007, students from Chile came to NPBHS. The school also associates with schools in New Plymouth's sister cities in China and Japan.

Controversy over bullying

After an incident in 2008 when a boarder was beaten by four other students[8] the school's board of trustees commissioned an independent report on bullying in November 2008. The report, released in late January 2009, identified a culture of bullying amongst students in the school's hostel, although the school's board of trustees disputed some of the report's findings.[9] A 2010 Education Review Office review of the school did not highlight any bullying issues, and gave the school a positive report.[10]

Notable alumni

Many successful men have come from the school, including Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, musicians Matt Thomas, Gareth Thomas, Hayden Chisholm, former Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy Rear Admiral Tony Parr,[11] the author and journalist John McBeth and 24 All Blacks. New Plymouth Boys' High Schools sporting teams and musical groups have large reputations nationally and in some cases internationally.

Members of Parliament who attended the school include Andrew Little, John Armstrong, Bruce Beetham, Merv Wellington, Cam Calder, Ken Comber,.[12]

See also


  1. "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  2. "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Scholefield, Guy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : M–Addenda (PDF). II. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. p. 484. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. Moir, Jo (15 August 2011), School radio gets too close for comfort, Taranaki Daily News Online, retrieved 2 December 2011
  6. Palmer, Harriet (10 June 2009). "Teacher first for space camp". Taranaki Daily News. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  7. "Four Teens Given Diversion Over School Bullying". 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  8. "Bullying culture revealed at Taranaki school". The New Zealand Herald. 31 January 2009.
  9. "New Plymouth Boys' High School". Education Review Office. 13 December 2010. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  10. Archived December 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 304. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.

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