Henderson High School, Auckland

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Henderson High School
Henderson High School logo.gif
Henderson Valley Road,
New Zealand
Coordinates36°53′00″S 174°37′38″E / 36.8832°S 174.6271°E / -36.8832; 174.6271Coordinates: 36°53′00″S 174°37′38″E / 36.8832°S 174.6271°E / -36.8832; 174.6271
TypeState, Co-educational, Secondary
MottoMens conscia recti
(A Mind Aware Of Right)
Ministry of Education Institution no.45
PrincipalMr Mike J. Purcell
School roll895[1] (March 2019)
Socio-economic decile3 [2]

Henderson High School is a co-educational secondary school in the west Auckland suburb of Henderson, New Zealand, catering for students from Year 9 to Year 13. In May 2013 the school celebrated its 60th Jubilee, with top New Zealand Fashion designer Trelise Cooper, who is a former pupil of the school.


Henderson High School was the first school constructed to a new common design plan, which were used during the post-World War II period to speed up secondary school construction; the "Henderson type school" was a single-storey all-timber school design, with long wings of classrooms facing onto corridors, fanning out from a central spine. It was a derivative of the "Naenae type school" (after its first use at Naenae College in Lower Hutt), which with two stories and mixed concrete and timber construction was too slow for a major school building programme; the Henderson school design lasted four years, 1953 to 1956, before it was replaced in 1957 with a new design centred on self-contained classroom blocks. Other school in the Auckland area built to the Henderson design include One Tree Hill College, Rangitoto College and Selwyn College.[3]

The school has a small independently owned and operated tuck shop.

International students[edit]

Henderson High School each year gets students from different countries, which include Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.[4]

In 2018 three students at the Henderson High had converted bicycles into electric bicycles.[5]

Notable staff[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Post-primary Schools -- 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ "International Students". Henderson High School. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Three intrepid Auckland high school students turning bicycles into e-bikes". TVNZ. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ Chisholm, Donna (June 2010). "Star of the west: a former "Westie" who grew up reading comics and hot-wiring cars, Gaven Martin is one of the finest mathematicians New Zealand has produced" (PDF). North & South. pp. 83–87.