OBHS book Above the City

By OBHS Foundation | Posted: Wednesday May 11, 2016

Available from the school office for $65 plus postage and packaging.

This is the first published history of one of New Zealand’s oldest secondary schools. Commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Otago Boys’ High School in 1863, this book traces its early tribulations, its growth and development, and its response to the challenges of social and educational change. The author has drawn on a wide range of private and official documents, along with hundreds of personal reminiscences and interviews with former pupils and staff members.

Dr Rory Sweetman is an Irish-born New Zealander, who holds degrees in history from Dublin and Cambridge universities. His most recent book in this field was ‘A Fair and Just Solution’? A history of the integration of private schools in New Zealand (2002).


1 Thomas Campbell 

2 Beginnings 

3 Frank Simmons 

4 Stuart Hawthorne 

5 William Norrie 

6 William Macdonald 

7 Henry Belcher 

8 Alexander Wilson 

9 William Morrell 

10 Percy Kidson 

11 Edward Aim 

12 Donald MacLachlan 

13 Michael McMillan 

14 Clive Rennie