Epsom Girls' Grammar School have appointed a new principal.

Current deputy Lorraine Pound will take over from Madeline Gunn at the beginning of next year after a "nationwide recruitment process".

Board chairman Dr Gerald Young said the board was excited to adopt Mrs Pound's "magical paradox" of driving innovation while embracing the traditions built over the past 99 years

In a statement, he said Mrs Pound was highly regarded as a leader in the field of girls' education, and had been a Deputy Principal at the school for six years.

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She was formerly a Deputy Principal at St Mary's College and Diocesan School for Girls where she worked in a number of different senior leadership roles. She has also had two years managing student recruitment at the University of Auckland.

Students put on a surprise farewell assembly for current principal Madeline Gunn. Photo / Supplied
Students put on a surprise farewell assembly for current principal Madeline Gunn. Photo / Supplied

Mrs Pound described her EGGS appointment as a "great honour".

"It is tremendously exciting to be given the opportunity to lead an outstanding school like EGGS as it enters its second century."

In 2017, Epsom Girls' Grammar School celebrates 100 years as a leading girl's school in New Zealand.

Madeline Gunn resigned earlier this year after eight years at the head of the school.

The change is one of a number this year across Auckland, with around ten high schools, including Mount Albert Grammar School, King's College, St Peter's College, Manurewa High School and Mangere College also appointing new principals.