Kelston Boys' High School

Kelston Boys' High School ("KBHS") (Te kura tuarua o nga tamatane o kerehana)[2] is an all-boys state secondary school in Kelston, a suburb in the Waitakere region of Auckland, New Zealand. It was created in 1963 when the roll of Kelston High School (formed in 1954) became too large for the site on the corner of Archibald and Gt North Rds. The boys moved to a new site further down Archibald Road, leaving the original site to be the home of Kelston Girls High School (now Kelston Girls' College).

Kelston Boys' High School
Archibald Road,
Coordinates36.8997°S 174.6656°E / -36.8997; 174.6656
TypeState single-sex boys secondary (Year 9-13)
MottoTo wisdom with honour
Established1963; 56 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no.83
PrincipalMrs Adeline Blair
School roll840 (November 2019)
Socio-economic decile3H[1]
NewspaperThe Kelstonian

Although the school is known for the strength of its various sports teams, it has also had some notable achievements in music, dance and theatresports and produced some outstanding academic results.

The school has consistently had strong rugby teams in the top Auckland division, producing several All Blacks and international players. Kelston Boys have won the National top 4 rugby tournament five times (1989, 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2011) sharing the most wins with Wesley College. Kelston Boys have also won the Condor National sevens tournament five times (2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). The former All Black coach Graham Henry is a former headmaster. The previous principal, who retired in April 2011, Stephen Watt played for the Auckland regional team in the 1970s (where he was affectionately nicknamed 'The Kicking Prop' for his unusual goalkicking prowess). Brian Evans is the current principal; he coached the women's Black Ferns national side to rugby world cup victory in 2010.

Long standing Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Representatives Jonathan Hunt taught history at Kelston Boys'.


The school offers Korean,[3] French and Japanese courses[4] with the option to visit a country upon completion.[5][3]

The school also have Samoan, Niuean and Tongan culture groups.[3]


The school provides various sport activities which include:

In 1987 the school won 9-0 against Sacred Heart in Senior A1 Tennis but lost 5-4 to Auckland Grammar School. The same year, the schools softball league lost only one game in the whole season.[4]

In 1995 the school won in debating against Western Springs AFC but lost to Green Bay.[6]

The same year the school had excelled in soccer by winning 1-0 against Avondale, a 4-4 draw with Mount Albert Grammar School and a 6-2 victory over Mount Roskill Grammar School.[6]

During the 1995 rugby season KBHS had won 27-0 against Papakura and had 98 wins over Rotorua Boys' High School, Te Awamutu and Morrinsville, all of which scored three each. The same year, the school won 17-0 against Saint Kentigern College in a semi-final but then lost 30-10 to Auckland Grammar School.[6]

The school was also a winner in judo at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships which were held in Hamilton in August 1995 and won 4 out of 5 games in badminton.[6]

In 1995 the Junior A3 Tennis won all five games.[6]

In 1997 the school's trampoline diver Todd Anderson came in first place with 134.6 points while Bruce Utatao scored 78 in golf. The same year the school lost to Otahuhu College in the touch rugby final but won every other game prior to the loss.[5]

In 2006 the school won every match in football as well as softball but lost two games in that game.[3]


According to the 2012 Education Review Office report the school had 949 pupils out of which 28 were international. Out of those, 20% are Māori, 13% are Pākehā, 29% are Samoan, 8% Tongan, 4% Asian, 19% are identified as Pacific Islanders, 3% are Cook Island Māori, 2% are Niuean, 8% are of other ethnicity and 10% Indian and Fijian (5% each).[7]

Notable alumni

The Arts

  • Ewen Gilmour - comedian (and local body politician)
  • Ian Scott - painter
  • Sweet & Sour Dance Crew - World champion hip-hop dance crew[8]


Public service



  • Danny Codling - Bronze medalist (welterweight) 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games



Rugby League

Rugby Union


Touch Rugby


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