Christchurch Boys' High School

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Christchurch Boys' High School
CBHS Angel.jpg
Christchurch Boys' High 11.JPG
The school's main entrance
Straven Road,
Coordinates 43°31′29″S 172°35′57″E / 43.5246°S 172.5992°E / -43.5246; 172.5992Coordinates: 43°31′29″S 172°35′57″E / 43.5246°S 172.5992°E / -43.5246; 172.5992
Type State school
Day and boarding school
Motto Latin: Altiora Peto
(I Seek Higher Things)
Established 18 May 1881
Ministry of Education Institution no. 327
Headmaster Nicholas Hill
Years 913
Gender Boys
School roll 1401[1] (February 2018)
Socio-economic decile 10Z[2]

Christchurch Boys' High School, often referred to as CBHS, is a single sex state secondary school in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is situated on a 12-hectare (30-acre) site between the suburbs of Riccarton and Fendalton, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the west of central Christchurch. The school also provides boarding facilities for 130 boys in a residence called Adams House located about 500 metres (1,600 ft) to the east. The school's colours are deep blue and black with an occasional flash of gold.


Christchurch Boys' High in July 2012

Established in 1881, the prime purpose of Christchurch Boys' High School was to prepare students for enrolment into the then newly formed Canterbury College, now known as the University of Canterbury.[3] Consequently, it was initially co-located with the College in downtown Christchurch, at the site of the modern-day Christchurch Arts Centre. As the university and school expanded, the school moved to its present location on Straven Road in 1926.[4] The school's present site was originally a farm owned by Canterbury’s pioneer settlers, the Deans, and several buildings from the Deans' farm still stand on the grounds. The school's main building is registered by Heritage New Zealand as a Category I heritage building, with registration number 3658.[5]

Christchurch Boys' High School has a rich sporting and academic history and boasts many traditions. The school has produced many All Blacks, with only Auckland Grammar School having produced more. The school can also lay claim to several famous cricketers. There is a unique ANZAC Day service each year that is compulsory for new students of the school to attend to commemorate the hundreds of Old Boys' that fought and died in the two World Wars. The school song 'Altiora Peto' has a third verse that is only heard on this day. In 2004 CBHS provided 2 of New Zealands 'top scholars', one of only 3 schools to do so with the other two both being girls-only schools in the Auckland region.[6]

Of note is the fierce rivalry Boys' High has with Christ's College, Christchurch and the annual Christ's College / Boys' High rugby match is a major event in any calendar year. This rivalry harks back over a hundred years to when the schools were not only the first two all male schools to be founded in Canterbury, but also conveniently situated within 100 m (330 ft) of each other.

The new hall opening September, 2017

Of late, the school's cultural activities have gained some prominence, in particular its dramatic and musical productions[7] where it often joins forces with its sister school, Christchurch Girls' High School.

Notable alumni

Christchurch Boys HS 2006 Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament champions at Global Arena





Aerial view of CBHS, December 2005



CBHS vs. Nagasaki Kita HS, Global Arena, 2006

Christchurch Boys' High has one of the richest sporting alumni of any school in New Zealand, having produced the Hadlee brothers (cricket) and numerous All Black rugby footballers (46 in total)[12][better source needed] who have gone on to represent New Zealand with great distinction.




  • Anton Cooper - Commonwealth Games gold medallist 2014, silver medallist 2018



Lawn Bowls

Rugby Union





  • Paul Coll - Commonwealth games silver medallist 2018

See also


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 14 March 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Cresswell, Douglas (1956). Eight Christchurch Schools. Christchurch: The Pegasus Press. p. 5.  As quoted in Mercurio, Joseph A. (1972), Caning: Educational Ritual (PDF), Syracuse University, p. 6, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-13 
  4. ^ CBHS 2004 Prospectus Archived 2004-05-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Christchurch Boys' High School (Main Block)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  6. ^ CBHS. "Top Scholars Announced". Retrieved 2006-07-11. [dead link]
  7. ^ On Chunuk Bair. p7: The Christchurch Press. 2002-08-27. 
  8. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 299.
  9. ^ Gustafson 1986, p. 311.
  10. ^ "Charles Seymour Luney (Chas), QSO, CNZM 1905–2006". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  11. ^
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External links

  • Official Christchurch Boys' High School website
  • Adams House Boarding Hostel
  • Christchurch Boys' HS Rugby Club Official Website
  • Education Review Office (ERO) reports
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