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Whakatane High School Centennial 12 April, 2020

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Whakatane High School has a proud 99 year history as a co-educational public high school. We support a roll of around 1000 students and offer every student an equal opportunity to succeed with strong values around responsibility, respect and achievement.

Whakatane High School offers a number of unique programmes:

Advanced Learning Programme

International Student Programme 

Marine Studies

Te Aka Matua

Outdoor Education

Students also have the opportunity to join extracurricular activities such as; vocal or instrument lessons, team sports such as; hockey, soccer, rugby, basketball, volleyball, cricket, tennis, netball etc. Whakatane High School has a successful sporting history with current and alumni New Zealand sporting representatives.


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3 Feb 1920

The First Day of Secondary Education
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The Whakatane District High School commenced in February 1920 with 21 pupils and Mr Edgar Snell as the first HeadMaster.

22 Dec 1921

The First Dux awarded in 1921
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Wilforde (Billy) Goode became the first Dux of WDHS