Between 1978 and 1985, Turoa Royal held the position of Principal of Wellington High School. During that period he saw many changes from the erection of the Main and Science Block buildings to the introduction of the Whanau System, to bringing in computers as one of New Zealand's first secondary school to teach IT. Now 83 he speaks to WHS Archivist Carey Clements about some of those changes as well as his vast background in Education, which saw him rise to be awarded a CMNZ in 2015.
Between 1943 and 1948, Trevor McMahon attended Wellington Technical College as an Engineering Student. It was however in sport he exceled and was a member of both the rugby first XV and cricket first XI. Within six years of leaving school he began playing first class cricket and in 1955-56 represented played for the New Zealand cricket side on its inaugural tour of India and Pakistan before playing two Test against the West Indies at home. In doing so he became the seventh and to date last male Test cricketer to have come out from this school. The 88 year-old McMahon sat down with the Wellington High School archivist Carey Clements to discuss his time at the school, which when he first began, was in the middle of World War Two.
Between 1948 and 1950, Eddie Tonks CBE, attended Wellington Technical College before going onto become a successful businessman and Director of more than ten companies. Between 1990 and 1997 he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and Chairman of the International Rugby Board. He was made a Life Member of the NZRFU in 2004. For the first time in his high profile life, he looks back on his secondary school days with the WHS Archivist, Carey Clements.
In October 2016, Wellington High's oldest known ex living student, 96 year old Nancy Wareham recalled her memories of the school more than 80 years earlier in a video interview at a time when it was then known as Wellington Technical College.
Better known as the 'Mad Butcher', New Zealand Rugby League icon Sir Peter Leitch shares some memories around his uncomfortable days as a Wellington Technical College student in the late 1950's before giving some sage advice to slow learners.