Rotorua Lakes High School is a co-educational, state secondary school, which was founded in November 1971. It is situated in the eastern suburban part of Rotorua City. Its tributary area consists of the eastern slice of the urban area plus a large tract of rural hinterland from Lake Tarawera to Lake Rotoma – hence “Rotorua Lakes”. The area is rich in Maori history and legend abounds. Many marae are found – especially around the shores of Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti.
The school is on an attractive undulating site of some 5 hectares which has spectacular sweeping views over Lake Rotorua. The grounds have been landscaped and planted with many indigenous shrubs.
The school motto is “Mauria Te Pono” (Keep Steadfast to the Truth) and the emblem – the outline shape of a stylised Maori Wahaika with the inside designed to picture the shapes of the Rotorua lakes – is based on the form and history of the area.