History of Onehunga High School Campus

Founded in 1959

The History of Onehunga High School Campus

Onehunga High School was established in 1959 on its Pleasant Street site. 

The school has always served the catchment of Onehunga, Royal Oak, Hillsborough and Mangere Bridge and enrolments beyond this zone are also significant. 

Onehunga High School is situated in one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, overlooking the Manukau Harbour. Many of our families have long histories in the area, and we have many second or third generation students. This gives the school a strong sense of tradition and continuity.

The school’s proximity to the large commercial and retail area of Onehunga has been of great benefit. Links with some service clubs and businesses go back many years and numerous scholarships and trust funds, as well as significant financial and professional support, have arisen from this support base.



By the early 1980s the school had changed quite dramatically. More classrooms had been added, the Gymnasium, Library and S Block and a cafeteria completed, and prefabs lined much of the upper Pleasant St boundary.


Taken in the late 1990s Te Haerenga, the school Marae, opened in 1996 can be seen in the background. This photo records very well an area of the school where a number of changes were to shortly take place.

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