Palmerston North Boys' High School
is a state secondary school for boys located in Palmerston North
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, New Zealand
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Palmerston North Boys' High School is located on Featherston Street, between the intersections of Rangitikei Street and North Street.
Students and school culture
Most of the school's approximately 1,700 students are day boys from Palmerston North and surrounding townships such as Ashhurst
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, and Feilding. Around 170 boys are housed in an onsite boarding hostel - College House (Also known as 'Murray House,' after former Rector John Murray; his former home is part of the hostel).
The school's mission is to "Develop educated men of outstanding character" and the core values are:
In 1902, Palmerston North High School was established as a co-educational secondary school with an initial roll of 84 students (40 boys and 44 girls, the first person being on the roll was a girl). The first classes were held at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Sunday School hall. In 1920, Palmerston North High School was split into two single-sex schools: Palmerston North Girls' High School and Palmerston North Boys' High School.
In a 1990 case, M & R v Syms and the Board of Trustees of Palmerston North Boys High School
 NZAR 705, the plaintiffs challenged the steps taken by the Rector in suspending both students for consumption of alcohol, and later by the Board expelling M. McGechan J gave judgment for the plaintiffs holding that the Rector's discretion as to whether to suspend the pupils "is not to be ignored, as if non-existent. Nor is it to be fettered by a Principal through self imposed rules permitting no exceptions". The Judge further found that the Board did not exercise its mind on the ultimate discretion whether or not to uplift suspension or procure removal.
In September 2006 the school had an outbreak of tuberculosis in which a substantial number of students contracted a latent form of tuberculosis, as well as a small amount of students who had active tuberculosis. However this outbreak was resolved and the school has since been running normally.
Rector Tim O'Connor was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship and the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award in 2007.
The school has had nine rectors:
|1902 - 1918
||John E. Vernon
|1919 - 1946
|1947 - 1954
||O. J. Begg
|1954 - 1963
||Edward S. Craven
|1963 - 1970
||Percy A. Muirhead
|1971 - 1987
||Eric D. P. White
|1987 - 2002
||David A. Syms
|2002 - present
||Timothy M. O'Connor
- boarding facilities for approximately 200 students
- Ian Colquhoun Memorial Hall (1700 Seats)
- computer suites
- Spiers Centre (Music Rehearsal Suite and David A. Syms Auditorium - 400 seats)
- Little Theatre (80 Seats)
- 2 gymnasiums
- weights room and heated indoor pool
- 2 rugby fields and 2 football fields
- 3 artificial cricket wickets and a grass wicket
- 8 cricket nets
- 8 tennis courts/2 hockey turfs
- technology/workshop block
Palmerston North Boys' High School is divided into six clubs (or houses). On enrolment students are placed in a club at random, or into a house with a family tie. Staff are also placed in clubs, with the sole exception of the Rector.
|| Reason for name
|| Named for the founding club secretary
|| Named for the founding club secretary
|| Kia Ora
|| The reason for this name unknown. See: Kia Ora
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|| Named for former Rector Mr John Murray
|| Named for the Phoenix on the school crest
|| Named for the school's second Rector, Mr J. Vernon
Murray Club is also known as College House, is composed of the school's boarding students.
The Clubs compete in a wide range of sports and codes, including team sports, individual sports, and whole club activities, such as Road-Race and Marching competitions. For each code the clubs are ranked first to last, with the winning club gaining one point, and the loser gaining six. The club with the least points at the end of the school year wins the Shand Shield.
The school is known for its success in cricket, and has won the Gillette Cup
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more times than any other school. It is known for producing future Black Caps, under the cricket development program employed by the school, which allows talent to be identified and nurtured successfully. It has also experienced success nationally in other sports such as soccer, badminton, squash, hockey and rugby.
The rugby union 1st XV plays in an all-white strip. Other rugby teams from Boys' High are likely to play in blue and white hooped jerseys, similar to Auckland or St Kentigern College
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