On Wednesday August 8th, 1900 a meeting of old boys was held in the
School and over 70 were present. Dr Thacker took the chair and with a
few opening words explained the objective of the meeting was the
formation of an Old Boys Football Club.
These words neatly handwritten in an old minute book record the
first meeting of the Christchurch High School Old Boys Rugby Club. The
proposal to form the club was moved by Bob Speight and seconded by Tom
Reese. It was a simple beginning for a club that has played a
significant role in New Zealand's national sport, launching 23 players
into All Black teams in its first century.
Christchurch High School Old Boys, affectionately known as the 'Old
Boys' or 'Polar Bears', maintains ties with several schools to continue
building on a tradition of excellence both on and off the field. The
club is now the home to nine senior and 11 junior rugby teams.
To many, Old Boys is 'the Greatest Little Rugby Club in the World'. The club's doors are always open
we welcome players, neighbours, rivals, tourists, mothers, wives,
partners, girlfriends, boyfriends, sisters, brothers and family. The
club is a place where members trade stories, exchange ideas and
celebrate good times.