King's High School has enhanced its reputation as one of NZ's top hockey schools by winning NZ's premier secondary schools' tournament, the Rankin Cup. This fantastic achievement comes on the back of many years of tremendous performances. The school has been consistently ranked in the top eight teams in NZ for the past six years.
All King's students have access to an on-site artificial training surface enabling students to develop their skill level under the guidance of King's teacher and former Black Sticks player, Mr Dave Ross.
Teams compete in the local Secondary School Competition at the McMillan Centre. This covers all grades, and being held after school every Tuesday, allows players to play other sports during the weekend. The 1st XI team also plays interschools against Otago Boys', Waitaki Boys', and Southland Boys' High Schools.
King's has produced many Otago and NZ Representatives over the years. The most prominent Old Boy is Darren Smith, who played over 200 games for the Black Sticks, and is the current Black Sticks Men’s Coach. In recent years a number of former pupils have represented New Zealand at Black Sticks level (Malachi Buschl), NZ Maori (Dylan Thomas), NZ U21 Level (Jordan Ward, Malachi Buschl, Finn Ward), and NZ U18 Level (Ethan Booth, Zeke Buschl, and James Nicolson).
For more information contact:
Mr Dave Ross
Teacher in Charge