010600 About Kings Our History Frontage C1920s

Our students benefit from our rich history and the strong community that has developed around the College since its foundation more than 120 years ago.

When King’s College was established in 1896, the founder and principal, Mr Graham Bruce, described the aim of the College as being able to provide “the best all-round education it is possible to obtain”.

WATCH: The story of our oak trees. Narration by John Bean, Archivist at King's.

WATCH: The Duces of King's College. Narration by John Bean, Archivist at King's.

While the College has seen many changes our commitment to providing an excellent all-round education, and to developing the mind, body and spirit of our students has remained the same.

King’s began in Remuera, but moved to Middlemore in 1922 thanks to steady growth in the roll, and amalgamation with St John’s Collegiate. The Remuera site is now King’s School. Many of our earliest buildings remain and are central to College life, including the Abbott Building, and our Memorial Chapel which opened in 1925.

Since opening on the Middlemore site, we have accommodated growth and development through a tireless building programme. Boarding houses have been re-sited on extensions to the property. A gymnasium, assembly hall (The Great Hall), science and art blocks, and the music school have all added valuable new spaces and facilities for our students.

Our centenary was marked by the opening of a new library, another science building, more classrooms, and a university-style lecture theatre.

More recently, we opened the Roy Kelley Design Technology Centre, the magnificent Campbell sports complex and the beautiful Chapel Close. Development of new buildings and the evolution of our College site is an ongoing activity as we look to support the success of our students and honour the history of our College.

2020 Kings College Timeline Website

A timeline history of King's. Click on image to enlarge.