Sir John Graham – Sportsman, Master, Mentor

By Bill Francis

He prickled Cabinet ministers, told rugby officials where they were going wrong, wouldn’t appoint female teachers to his staff at Auckland Grammar and, though he had been an All Black captain, refused to attend matches during the 1981 Springbok tour. This is just a taste of the extraordinary life of Sir John Graham, for two decades New Zealand’s leading boys educationist. Author Bill Francis has discovered while researching Sir John Graham – Sportsman, Master, Mentor just what a multi-faceted personality Graham has been. Headmaster, All Black, Black Caps manager, business leader, university Chancellor, Mr Fix-it  –  nothing has seemed beyond the capabilities of this inspiring New Zealander. His story is well worth reading.