New Plymouth Boys’ High School has a vertical house structure based around four well-known Old Boys. Each student in the school is allocated a House when they begin their education at the school. Where there are brothers they are all placed in the same house. Day students are distributed alphabetically, based on their surname, into three Houses, Donnelly, Barak and Syme (A – H: Donnelly / I – P: Barak / Q – Z: Syme). Students who reside in boarding are allocated, irrespective of their surname, to Hatherly House.
The House structure is based on vertical grouping with the 3 day-houses having 16 groups and the boarding house (Hatherly) having 8 groups. Each group has students from Year 9 through to Year 13 in it with a teacher in charge of each group. Each house has a teacher as Senior Housemaster and a Year 13 student as Head of House. Depending on where in the alphabet the student’s surname is depends on which house they are placed in. For example a student whose surname begins with M would be in Barak house. Each group has the first letter of their house (B, D or S) and a number eg. Barak 13 is called B13.
House Colour - Green
Dr Monty Barak attended school from 1916 – 1920 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1926 to study at Oxford University. His specialist field was in electrochemistry.
House Colour - Blue
Martin Donnelly attended school from 1930 – 1936. Martin Donnelly was a New Zealand test cricketer as well as an English rugby union player. He was selected for the NZ tour of England in 1937 at the age of 19 and was the first New Zealander to make a double-century at Lords.
House Colour - Red
John Hatherly attended school from 1928 – 1933. He returned to school as a teaching master from 1940 – 1978. During that time he was a boarding master for all but two years from 1940 – 1976.
House Colour - Yellow
Sir Ronald Syme was at school from 1918 – 1920. Sir Ronald was associated with Oxford University where he is widely regarded as the 20th century’s greatest historian on ancient Rome.
Each of the Houses competes for the Cramond Cup - for Overall House Champion.
This competition is competed for in:
- Swimming in February
- Athletics in March
- Summer sports in April
- Winter sports in September
- Cross Country in May
- Haka in May
- Music in August
- Cultural in August
All boys are encouraged to participate and earn points for their respective Houses. As you can see there is a range of competitive events and more social events which allow boys to earn points for their House.