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Timaru Boys' High School

Timaru Boys' High School
Timaru Boys' High School entrance
211 North Street,
West End,
New Zealand
Coordinates44°23′59″S 171°13′49″E / 44.3997°S 171.2302°E / -44.3997; 171.2302
TypeState boys school, years 9–13
MottoLatin: Scientia Postestas Est
(Knowledge is power)
Ministry of Education Institution no.360
ChairpersonBrent Isbister
RectorDavid Thorp
School roll747[1]
Socio-economic decile7O[2]

Timaru Boys' High School (also known as TBHS), established in 1880, is a single sex state (public) secondary school located in the port city of Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand. TBHS caters for years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 19 years).

At the beginning of the 2017 school year, the school had more than 650 students.


There are four houses, each named after a former rector and led by a house captain. Every one in the school competes in inter-house programs to earn points for their house. These include cross country, athletics, swimming sports, singing, volleyball, basketball and quadball tournaments. The houses compete annually for the Cleland Cup.[3]

Timaru Boys' house names and their colours
Dawson Named after L Halket-Dawson, rector 1880–1887
Hogben Named after George Hogben, rector 1888–1898
Simmers Named after George A Simmers, rector 1899–1912
Tait Named after Alan G Tait, rector 1935–1947


TBHS plays in 5 traditional interschool fixtures:


The Timaru Boys' High School 1st XV competes in the Crusaders' Region Secondary Schools' Rugby Championship "The UC Cup."

The 1st XV made it into the finals of the UC Cup for the first time in the 2017 season.

Thomas House boarding hostel

The Thomas House boarding hostel is attached to and is an integral part of the school. Built in 1907, Thomas House, named after the school's first rector, welcomed in its first eight boarders in 1908. In 2010 it held just over 80 boarders; by 2017, Thomas House reached capacity with 119 boarders. Thomas House has several wings. The Fraser Wing from 1962 is named after Hanson Fraser, who chaired the board of governors for two decades. The Jubilee Wing from 1984 commemorates the 75th jubilee of the boarding hostel. The Manning Wing commemorates several members of the Manning family who worked at the boarding hostel. The Lindsay Wing commemorates two cousins of the same name who both represented New Zealand internationally in 1928: David Lindsay went to the Olympics as a swimmer and Dave Lindsay was a member of the 1928 New Zealand rugby union tour of South Africa.[4][5]

Notable alumni


The arts


  • Sir Roy McKenzie (1922–2007), businessman & philanthropist


  • Sir William Manchester (1913-2001), plastic and reconstructive surgeon[7]

Public service



  1. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 14 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Houses". Timaru Boys' High School. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  4. ^ "History of Thomas House". Timaru Boys' High School. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Library gets memorabilia". The Timaru Herald. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Michael Houstoun". Timaru District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Manchester, Sir William Maxwell (1913 - 2001)". Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Thomas David Burnett". Timaru District Council. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 October 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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