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Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.

Gisborne Intermediate School

Gisborne Intermediate School

Opened on 20 May, 1940, the Gisborne Intermediate School ranks among the best designed schools in the Dominion. It is constructed of wood, but the facade of the main block is finished in plaster. There is accommodation for 600 pupils. A model flat, equipped with modern appliances, is a feature of the upper storey. On the opening day the school roll contained the names of 440 pupils drawn from Standards V and VI of the five town schools to become students of Forms I and II. Eligible pupils from country schools now also attend. On 1 June, 1949, the roll number stood at 573. F. R. Slevin, B.A., M.C. (headmaster of the Intermediate School at Napier) was the first headmaster. He resigned in 1945 to become headmaster of the Normal Intermediate School at Mt. Albert, Auckland, and was succeeded by R. McGlashen, headmaster of the Nelson Park School at Napier, who had also served as an inspector for two years under the Hawke's Bay Board of Education.