Taylor House was established in 2006 and it is home to the day girls of King's College. Originally part of Middlemore Lodge, the differing needs of Day and Boarding girls meant that a new facility was required.
The opening of Taylor House on Friday 4 August 2006 marked an important occasion for King’s College. It signified the continually growing strength of the girls’ programme at the College. In late 2005, Headmaster Mr Roy Kelley decided that it was time to split Middlemore into two Houses to better are for the separate pastoral needs of Day and Boarding students.
In 1980, the first girls arrved at King’s – 15 in all. This rose to 52 by the end of the decade. Under the leadership of the Headmaster, John Taylor, this rose to 97 in 1995 and 125 by John Taylor’s retirement in 2002. John Taylor was a passionate supporter of girls at King’s College, hence the naming of the new House after him.
The statue in the garden (Mana Wahine) was a gift at the opening John Taylor, and his wife, Sarah.
The Taylor House colour is a deep purple. This was chosen for its regal and religious connections and its similarity in the colour palette to Middlemore Lodge’s maroon. It recognises the origins of girls at King’s.
The fleur-de-lys (flower of light) show feathers that are, in heraldry, the sign of willing obedience and serenity of mind. Ermine indicates leadership and the connection with Middlemore House through the symbol that appears on the right side.