Our History

Established in 1908 on the banks of the Mataura river, Gore High School was the first school and is the largest secondary school in Eastern Southland.The adjoining hostel was built in 1923 and the school opened on its present site in 1954.

The motto “Palma Non Sine Pulvere” translates as “No reward without effort”.  This traditional work ethic is still promulgated as an important factor in educational success.

The co-educational Year 9-13 school has a roll of 482 local students.  The school sits in nine acres of grounds in the heart of Southland surrounded by beautiful productive farm land, and close to stunning lakes and majestic mountain scenery. The community is dependent on a rural economy. Many of our students travel to school each day by bus.