Throughout its long history, Rangiora High School has produced students who have gone on to make a national and international contribution to:

  • academia
  • religion
  • the military
  • the civil service
  • politics (including four NZ Cabinet Ministers)
  • sport (including five All Blacks).


Notable former students of Rangiora High School include:

  • Ralph Ballinger, OBE, AHRIH - Chairman, President, and Vice-Patron of Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
  • Todd Blackadder - All Black (1995-2000, including All Black Captain 1997-2000)
  • Dr Ian Blair, MBE - Head of Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Lincoln College (1936 -1973)
  • Dean Brettschneider - Professional Baker and Patissier with an international following
  • Professor David Buckingham - Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Otago
  • Sir Malcolm Burns, CBE, KBE - Agricultural Scientist, Principal of Lincoln College (later Lincoln University) and President of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Ron Chippindale - Chief Inspector of Air Accidents
  • Air Marshall David Crooks, CB, OBE - Chief of Defence Force
  • Dr Ian Cruickshank - Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO (Canberra)
  • Berkeley Dallard - Under-Secretary of the Department of Justice, Controller-General of Prisons
  • Dr Robin Dunlop, QSO - Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport and the Secretary for Transport
  • Professor David Gunby - Dean of Postgraduate Studies, University of Canterbury (Christchurch)
  • Brian Ford - All Black (1977-1979)
  • Frederick W Furby - Private Secretary to Prime Minister William Massey (1912-1919), later the Chief Postmaster of Christchurch 
  • Henry Garrett - Rhodes Scholar (1940), Associate Professor and Head of Farm Management Department, Canterbury Agricultural College [later Lincoln University] (1939-1964)
  • Tony Hawke - Canterbury Rams basketball player
  • Don Hawkins - Author of "Beyond the Waimakariri" (1957) and "Rangiora" (1983)
  • Hon Rodney Hide, QSO - former ACT Party leader, Cabinet Minister, MP for Epsom (1996-2011)
  • Graeme Higginson - All Black (1980-1983)
  • Trevor Hapi Howse, QSM - Member of the Ngai Tahu Trust Board
  • Cecilia Jenkins (Womersley) - Alpine Skier (represented NZ at 1960 Winter Olympic Games)
  • Andrew Johnstone - Canterbury Rams basketball player and national U20 basketball representative
  • The Most Reverend Bishop Edward Joyce - Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Christchurch (1950-1964)
  • Alex Kennedy - Rower (represented NZ at 2016 Summer Olympic Games)
  • Professor Bob Kirk - Emeritus Professor of Geography and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Canterbury (Christchurch)
  • Dr Colin Knight, ONZM - Principal, Christchurch College of Education (1986-1995) and President, NZ Council for Educational Research
  • Nuk Korako - National Party List MP
  • Murray McCaw - Chairman, New Zealand Rugby Union (1999-2000)
  • Ian MacRae - All Black (1963-1970, including Vice-captain 1967) and President, New Zealand Rugby Union (2013-2015)
  • Dr Arthur McIlrath - Senior Scientific Officer, Physics and Engineering Laboratory, New Zealand DSIR
  • Bishop Gordon McKenzie, OBE - Bishop in Cathedral Church of St Paul's, Wellington
  • Brigadier Reginald Miles, CBE, DSO and Bar - Military Leader, Prisoner of War
  • Angie Petty (nee Smit) - Middle Distance Runner (represented NZ at 2016 Summer Olympic Games)
  • Tim Price - Equestrian (represented NZ at 2016 Summer Olympic Games)
  • Professor Roger Reeves - Head of Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Canterbury (Christchurch)
  • Henry Richards - First Rhodes Scholar in Canterbury (1914) [killed in The Great War, 1918]
  • Professor Graeme Schofield, OBE - Dean of Medicine, Monash University (Melbourne)
  • Dr Jean Seabrook, OBE, MBE - Educationalist, Director of Speech Therapy at University of Canterbury (1964-1972)
  • William Sheat - Horticulturist and Author
  • Ian Sinclair - Test Cricketer (1956)


Rangiora High School wishes to acknowledge the work of Mr Ian (Ted) Piner (RHS: 1955-1957) whose research has allowed us to add to our list of notable former students.


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