Hamilton Boys' High School

Hamilton Boys' High School

Infobox NZ school
name = Hamilton Boys' High School
motto = Sapiens fortunam fingit sibi
badge =
type = State single-sex boys, Secondary (Year 9-13) with Boarding Facilities
established = 1911
address = Private Bag 3201, Hamilton
principal = Susan Hassall
head_label =Headmaster
roll = 1800
decile = 8
MOE = 131
homepage = [http://www.hbhs.school.nz www.hbhs.school.nz]

Hamilton Boys' High School is a boys' secondary school in Hamilton, New Zealand. The school was established as Hamilton High School in 1911 but was later split into separate boys' and girls' schools. The school crest features a lion, sash and star, and bears the motto "Sapiens Fortunam Fingit Sibi" which translates to "a wise man carves his own fortune". The school colours are black and red.

Most of the school's approximately 1800 students are day boys from Hamilton and surrounding townships such as Cambridge, Te Awamutu, and Morrinsville. Around 120 boys are housed in an onsite boarding hostel, Argyle House, which forms one of the six houses into which the school is divided. The boarding house is located on the school grounds, but is essentially a private institution, with students paying approximately $9,000 per year to attend.

In 1999 the school appointed Susan Hassall to head the school. In doing so the school became one of the first boys' schools in New Zealand to appoint a female headmaster. [cite web|url=http://www.educationforum.org.nz/documents/e_newsletter/05_04/May04_ABS.htm|title=Boys' schools flexing their ABS|publisher=Subtext: The newsletter of the Education Forum|month=May | year=2004]


The school offers both the state run NCEA and external Cambridge International Examinations for students to undertake.cite web
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Hamilton Boys' High School fields a number of sports teams in a variety of codes. In recent years it has won the New Zealand secondary schools competitions for rowing, cricket, rugby, touch rugby, rugby sevens and clay target shooting. Its football and hockey teams are also often in the top ten teams in New Zealand.

In particular, the school has won the Gillette Cup for schoolboy cricket twice since it was established in 1990, and it has won the Maadi Cup for rowing Eights five times and the Springbok Shield for Fours eight times, including the last four years consecutively. In 2008 it comprehensively won the Star trophy for top rowing school in New Zealand.

The school is one of the Super 8 schools.

Hamilton Boys' High School competes regularly against another Hamilton school, St Paul's Collegiate. The two schools are traditional foes, and games between them generate intense but good-natured rivalry.


Hamilton Boys' High School currently has six houses. All of the day boy houses are named after former headmasters of the school.
* Tait - Red
* Taylor - Green
* Wilson - Blue
* Steel - Grey
* Baigent - Yellow
* Argyle - Black


Like all previously selective state schools, Hamilton Boys' High School operates an enrolment scheme.

Enrolment was traditionally by academic examination followed by an interview. Alternatively a student might be enrolled if he had a family connection to the school. The school still examines new students but only for the purposes of streaming students.

Notable Old Boys

As well as a number of All Blacks and All Whites, the following people are Old Boys of Hamilton Boys' High School:
* Dick Quax - Olympic Games Silver Medallist, 1976 5000 metres and later world record holder 5000m.
* Frank Sargeson - Author.
* Scott Styris - NZ Black Caps cricket player.
* David Smail - New Zealand Open golf champion, 2001.
* Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott - Chief of the Royal New Zealand Air Force
* The Hon. John Luxton - Cabinet Minister 1990-1999.
* Garry Mallett - President of ACT New Zealand.
* Warren Gatland - NZ All Black and Welsh national rugby coach.
* Daniel Gillies - Actor.
* Tony Martin - Australia-based comedian and writer.
* Jonathan Perry - All White NZ Soccer Player
* Daryl Halligan - ARL Football Player and TV Commentator
* Richard Petherick - NZ Black Stick
* Doug Woolerton - MP and former President of New Zealand First
* Sir Colin Allan - Former governor of Seychelles


* Eben Wilson MA 1911 - 1937
* Harold Tait MA, OBE 1938 - 1957
* Aubrey Baigent MA, BCom 1958 - 1969
* Richard Taylor BA, BSc 1970 - 1979
* Tony Steel MA ("hons") 1980 - 1989
* James Bennett DipEd, MNZM, JP 1990 - 1999
* Susan Hassall MA ("hons"), DipTchg 1999 -

External links

* [http://www.hbhs.school.nz/ hbhs.School.nz] – Official website


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