Dannevirke High School encourages student involvement in sport and participation levels are higher than most schools.  The great majority of students represent their school in Secondary School competitions and inter-school fixtures.  Most sport is played either in Dannevirke or the Manawatu. 

Teams are fielded in:
Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Tennis, Canoe Polo, Squash

Students also have the opportunity to enter tournaments in:
Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf and Triathalon events.

Students have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

The school is fortunate in having a Multi Sport Committee and Advisory Boards supporting sport in the school