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The DHS family is proud of the achievements of our staff and pupils over the years. Here are some of the outstanding achievements by Old Boys and past teachers.

Notable Staff

  • Robert Russell – Scottish born educator and first Head Master (1866–1875).
  • Lt.Col A.C. Martin – Military Cross. Head Master 1943-1952(German prisoner of war during the first two years of his appointment).
  • Izak Van Heerden – School, Natal, Springbok and Argentina rugby coach. POW in Germany with another DHS teacher, Bill Payn. Taught at DHS for 39 years.
  • George Armstrong – first ‘old boy’ Head Master of the school 1952-1959.
  • ‘Skonk’ Nicholson – renowned schools rugby coach. Coached seven Springboks including Joel Stransky and Butch James, both world cup winning fly-halves. DHS First XV rugby, First XI cricket and Head Prefect. Natal School’s Rugby.
  • L.C.W. Theobald – Latin Master and school and SA School’s cricket coach. Master-in-charge of cricket 1949-1967.Coached eight SA cricketers including Barry Richards, Lee Irvine, Hugh Tayfield and Trevor Goddard. First XI cricket.
  • Bill Payn – Springbok rugby. Taught at the school from 1915-1953. Bill fought in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Medal in 1941, aged 47,while in action in the Western Desert. Prisoner of war in Germany with fellow DHS teacher Izak Van Heerden. Ran the 90 km Comrades Marathon in rugby boots. Provincial cricket, baseball, athletics and boxing.
  • Rev. J. Richardson – SA tennis.
  • T.H. Blackmore – Senior Master(1903–1934).
  • Tony Human – Senior Boarder Master and Science teacher(1965–2013).The school’s longest serving teacher.
  • Pierre-Louise-Joseph d’Hotman de Villiers – Comte de St.Pol, French Master at the school for 28 years.
  • Norman Lucas – inspirational teacher who taught science at the school for 41 years(1947-1988).
  • Tom Howard – Vice-principal. Born in Wiltshire UK, he joined the staff in 1931 and taught for 40 years.
  • A S Langley – Head Master 1910-1931. Introduced rugby to the school.
'Skonk' Nicholson

Notable DHS Alumni

  • Business
    Chris Seabrooke, B.Com, B. Acc, MBA, FCMA – CEO of Sabvest Limited and Chairman or a directorof over 25 JSE listed companies over the years
  • Howard Buttery
  • Stephen Saad


  • Alec Erwin MP, SA Minister of Trade and Industry
  • Dr Ernest George Jansen MP, Governor- General of the Union of South Africa (1950–1959).
  • Sir Albert Robinson, MP and High Commissioner for the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.
  • Sir Gavyn Arthur, Lord Mayor of London,2002.
  • Senator Charles Clarkson OBE. SA Minister of the Interior, 1943-1948.
  • Leif Egeland MP, Rhodes Scholar. Ambassador to Sweden and the Hague.SA High Commissioner in London. Dux 1918.
  • Denis Shepstone. Administrator of Natal Province, Chancellor of the University of Natal.
  • John Lloyd. Former Labour Party Leader, Exeter City Council UK. Barrister and anti- apartheid campaigner.
  • Roger Hulley MP
  • Townley Williams MP
  • Miles Cadman,MP
  • Nigel Wood, MP.
  • Graham Mackeurtan MP. King’s Counsel and Historian.First in the Final Law Examinations of The Inner Temple, London.
  • Dr Vernon Shearer, Mayor of Durban.
  • Radclyffe Cadman, MP. Leader of the New Republic Party. Administrator of Natal.
  • Rupert Ellis-Brown, Mayor of Durban. Represented SA Sailing in 1924,(Paris) and 1928,(Amsterdam) Olympic Games.


  • Justice A E Carlisle.
  • Justice Leo Caney.
  • Justice Neville (G N) Holmes, Judge of the Appellate Division.
  • Justice Ramon Nigel Leon.
  • Justice B D Burne
  • Justice David Friedman, Dux 1952
  • Justice Brian Law
  • Justice Alan Magid
  • Justice Jonathan Heher, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, formerly the Appellate Division
  • Justice Malcolm Wallis, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal and honorary Professor of Law in the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Chris Seabrooke
Alec Erwin MP


  • Sir Aaron Klug, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1982. Scientific Advisor to the British Government. President of The Royal Society, Governor at the Scripps Research Institute, USA. Dux 1941
  • Dr Trevor Wadley, invented the Tellurometer in 1957, the Wadley Loop and an Ionosonde.
  • Dr Phillip V. Tobias, Professor of Palaeoanthropology at Wits. Nominated three times for a Nobel Prize. Dux 1942.
  • Dr Alan Gelb, Rhodes Scholar. Director of The World Bank, Washington DC.
  • Dr Dudley Goodhead, OBE. Professor and Director of Medical Research Council Radiation and Genome Stability Unit, Harwell, UK. School Dux 1956.
  • Nils Eckhoff. Senior Surgeon at Guy’s Hospital and consulting surgeon of Harvard University. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, London.
  • Dr David Papineau. Professor of the Philosophy of Science, King’s College London. Dux 1963.
  • Dennis Schauffer, Professor Emeritus, Drama Studies, University KwaZulu Natal. Associate Professor Visual Arts and Design, Vaal Univ.
  • Prof. Nigel Blamey, affiliated with University of Aberdeen (Scotland), Brock University (Canada) and New Mexico Tech (USA).  Published in Nature on methane in martian meteorites.  World leader in quantitative fluid inclusion gas analysis by mass spectrometry.


  • Dr Percy Deift. Professor of Mathematics at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. Awarded The George Polya Prize, 1998. Dux 1962
  • Dr Peter Disler, Professor of Medicine at Melbourne and Monash Universities, Australia. Dux 1964.
  • Dr Peter de Villiers, Rhodes Scholar. Professor of Psychology, Smith College USA. Won the Decathlon at the British AAA in 1969 while at Oxford University.
  • Dr Garth Allardice. Orthopaedic surgeon, Northwick Park Hospital UK. Played centre half for Kaizer Chiefs FC, at the time the best football team in the country, while at Wits Medical School. Natal School’s rugby, athletics and football.
  • Dr Jacques Joubert, Professor of Neurology at UNISA, the largest university in Africa, and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia.
  • Dr Charles Alfred Keogh, Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  • Thomas John L’Anson Bromwich. Professor of Mathematics, Galway University, Ireland. Senior Wrangler, Cambridge, 1895.
  • Dr EV Axelson. Professor of History, University of Cape Town.
  • Dr David Levy. Professor Electrical and Information Engineering, Sydney University.
  • Professor Bruce Sparks, Head of Family Medicine, Wits Medical School, JHB. Elected World Organisation of Family Doctors (Wonca) President in 2004.
  • Dr Clive Leeman, Professor of English, Moorpark College, California, USA.
  • Dr Alistair McEwan Lamont. Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pretoria.
  • Alan Crump, Professor of Fine Arts, Wits University.
  • Dr Ian Robertson, US author and sociologist. Former NUSAS President.
  • Dr David Bourne. Switched from a career in nuclear physics to become a Chief Research Officer in the Infections Disease Epidemiology Unit at UCT.
  • Dr Jeffrey Greenstein, neurologist. Head of Multiple Sclerosis Research Institute, Philadelphia, USA.
  • Professor David Brokensha, Universities of Ghana and California. International anthropologist and author. German prisoner of war (1942-1945).
  • Professor David Henderson-Smart, Sydney University. Awarded Order of Australia in 2006. Director of Neonatal Intensive Care at King George V Hospital, Sydney.
  • Dr Mike Kirkwood poet, author, anti-apartheid campaigner and editor of Bolt, Ravan Press and Staffrider. First XV rugby.

Sir Aaron Klug


  • Presidents of the National Union of South African Students:
    Phillip V. Tobias, 1948.
    Ian Robertson, 1966
  • Karel Tip, 1975, Advocate. Senior Counsel.
  • Charles Nupen, attorney. Chief Technical Adviser of the International Labour Organisation Business
  • Bronek Masojada, Rhodes Scholar. CEO Hiscox Insurance, London. Past President of Insurance Institute of London and Director of Lloyd’s of London.
  • Dr Jonathan Beare, International financier and philanthropist.
  • Dr Cecil Renaud, international financier and philanthropist.
  • Stephen Bradley Saad, Founder and CEO of Aspen Pharmaceuticals, Africa’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. First XV rugby.
  • Graeme Robertson, Direct marketing advertising guru in the UK. The Graeme Robertson Trust was established in 1991 in his honour. First XV rugby.
  • Alan J Hellman, Founder and original CEO of Game Stores, Africa’s largest discount retailer.
  • Howard Buttery, CEO of Bell Equipment, Africa’s largest manufacturer of heavy earth- moving equipment. The company is the largest producer of Articulated Dump Trucks in the world.
  • Vernon Crookes, CEO of Crookes Brothers, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s oldest companies.
  • Dr Graham Bell, Founder and CEO of E-Nose Pty Ltd (Biotechnology), Sydney Australia.



DHS is a great school and cricket is the sport in which it has always excelled. To produce good cricketers a school needs a cricket culture ‐ something DHS has always had ‐ from the ability of the coaches and the players to the necessary preparation of wickets on which to practice and play. This has resulted in DHS easily providing the highest number of cricketing Springboks and Proteas of all the schools in South Africa.

These Old Boys have all represented South Africa:

    • Hashim Amla. World Cup 2007 and 2011. His 311 not out in the first test at The Oval in 2012 is the highest by a SA batsman in test cricket. Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2013.
    • Lance Klusener. ICC 1999 World Cup Man of the Tournament, Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2000. Took 8/64 in India’s second innings on debut in Kolkata in 1996.
  • Barry Richards. Broke Don Bradman’s record for the number of runs in a season playing for South Australia, 1970/71.In ten first class matches he scored 1538 runs at an average of 109.86. Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1969. Scored 80 first class centuries. His average of 79.14 in World Series Cricket was 23 higher than the second highest average. Test umpire Dickie Bird rated him the best batsman he ever saw. Don Bradman selected Richards as an opening batsman in his World XI. Named ‘Leading cricketer in the world’, for 1973 by Wisden.
  • Hugh Tayfield. Took 9/113 in England’s second innings at The Wanderers in 1957. Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1956. Bowled 137 consecutive balls in the Durban Test in 1957 against England without conceding a run.
  • Geoff Griffin. The only South African to take a hat-trick in a test match (Lords 1960).
  • Trevor Goddard. SA captain and opening bat and Test cricket’s most economical bowler (av 1.64/over).
  • HG Deane. SA captain.
  • Lee Irvine Highest First XI batting average at DHS in a season. Scored 1310 runs at an average of 68.95 in 21 innings.
  • DV Dyer.
  • Jon Kent.
  • Mike Rindel.
  • Imraan Khan. Not the ex-Pakistan captain. Opened the innings in the third test against Australia in Cape Town in the absence of SA captain Graeme Smith (2009).
  • I J Siedle. Scored the first provincial and test century on a turf wicket in South Africa.
  • JFW Nicolson, Rhodes Scholar.Holds the record, set with another old boy, I J ‘Jack’ Siedle, of 424 runs for the first wicket in provincial cricket in SA.
  • G.H. Shepstone.
  • V.C. Robbins. Played for SA against S B Joel’s XI, captained by Lord Tennyson (1924/5). They were not test matches.
  • B.C. Cooley, toured England in 1901 with the SA team.
  • J.A.J Christy.
  • Neville Lindsay.
  • Nick Compton. Toured England with the DHS first XI captained by Hashim Amla. Averaged 99.60 for Somerset in county cricket in 2012. Tests for England beginning 2012. Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2013.
  • Ainsley Ndlovu. In June 2019, he was named in Zimbabwe’s squad for their series against the Netherlands. He made his ODI debut for Zimbabwe against the Netherlands on 19 June 2019.He became the 26th bowler to take a wicket with his first delivery in an ODI match, when he dismissed Tobias Visee.

Over 150 old boys have played first class provincial or county cricket in SA and the UK.


  • Alistair Hargreaves, South Africa – Springboks, Position – Lock.Captain of the SA under 19 team that won the World Cup in 2005.
  • Greg Rawlinson, New Zealand – All Blacks, Position – Lock.
  • B.J. Botha, South Africa – Springboks, Position – Prop. World Cup Winner, Rugby World Cup 2007.
  • Andrew Aitken, South Africa – Springboks, Position – Flank & Eighth man.
  • Neville ‘Jacko’ Tod, South Africa – Springboks (1928), Position – Wing.
  • Matthew Alexander, USA – Eagles, Position – Flyhalf. Scored 286 points for the Eagles (1995-1998).
  • Graham Downes, USA – Eagles, Position – Prop.
  • Antonie Claassen, France, position- flank. Natal and SA School’s rugby and Head Prefect.
  • Guy Manson-Bishop, Played on the flank for the British Barbarians against the Springboks at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, 1994. Natal School’s Rugby and First XI cricket.
  • Garth Williamson, Natal and Junior Springbok scrumhalf.
  • Robbie Savage, Natal centre. Played in the Natal teams that drew 6-6 with the 1960 All Blacks and beat the Wallabies 14-13 in 1963.
  • ‘Skonk’ Nicholson, renowned rugby coach at Maritzburg College.Under his guidance the ‘College’ First XV were unbeaten at home for 11 years, finally losing in 1961 to his old school. ‘Skonk’ coached 10 unbeaten College teams. He coached the College first XV from 1948-1982. First XV Rugby, First XI Cricket and Head Prefect.Natal School’s Rugby.


  • Clarence Oldfield, Silver medal 4x400m relay in 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Sydney Atkinson, Gold medal 110m hurdles, 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, silver in the same event in 1924 Olympics in Paris.
  • H. Knowles, SA Athletics.
  • Peter de Villiers, broke the SA Decathlon record when winning the Decathlon at the AAA in the UK in 1970.

Surfing and lifesaving

  • Travis Logie, 2002 ISA World Champion Surfer.
  • Jason Ribbink, surfer. Ranked #2 longboard surfer in the world in 2001. Captain of the winning SA team at the 2002 ISA World Games.
  • David Weare, international surfer.
  • Alan Burt, SA Lifesaving.
  • T.Scott, SA Lifesaving.
  • C.Murray, SA Lifesaving.
  • Guy Nothard, SA Lifesaving.
  • R Coetzee, SA Lifesaving.
  • T Dumas, SA Lifesaving.
  • B Edwards, SA Lifesaving.
  • Lester Kitto, SA Lifesaving.
  • M Hardaker. SA Lifesaving.
  • J Zwart, SA Lifesaving.

Swimming and Water-polo

  • Michael Bolstridge, SA Swimming. Chosen to swim at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal (1976). The team was banned from participating.
  • G May, SA Swimming.
  • Leandro Jorge, Swam for Mocambique in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, 1996.
  • D Collopy, SA Water-polo and Lifesaving.
  • Colin Woodcock, SA Water-polo. Head Prefect and Natal School’s rugby.
  • Merlin Fredericks, SA Swimming.
  • Andrew Shedlock, SA Water-polo


  • Rory Sabbatini. Won the World Cup of Golf in 2003 partnered by Trevor Immelman. Finished second in the 2007 Masters Tournament.


  • Vernon G Kirby, SA Davis Cup.
  • David Adams, SA Davis Cup.
  • C J J Robbins, SA Tennis.
  • E Getaz, SA Tennis.
  • J Hendrie, SA Tennis.
  • John Yuill, Professional tennis player.

Hockey – South African Representatives

  • Mike Cullen, SA.
  • Grant Smith, SA.
  • Geoff Abbott, SA.
  • S de Wet, SA.
  • B Pearse, SA.
  • P Woods, SA.
  • Shaun Davenhill, SA.
  • Richard Curtis,SA.
  • Grant Robertson, SA.

Other sports

  • Rory Donnellan, Rhodes Scholar. SA Equestrian.
  • David Uniacke, SA Basketball.
  • Lt.J F Britz, Military Medal. SA Boxing.
  • Dr Garth Allardice, centre half, Kaizer Chiefs Football Club.
  • E J W Browne, SA Rowing.
  • Reneshan Naidoo, SA Badminton(2012) while still at school.
  • Mike Sellick-SA Casting. First XV rugby.
  • Rupert Ellis-Brown, represented SA in sailing in 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games.
  • D Napier-SA Baseball.
  • J. Banks-SA Shooting.
  • L.A. Evans-SA Yachting.
  • L.N. Horsfield– SA Yachting.
  • M. Statham, SA Yachting (1995, 1998, 1999)
  • Robin Lowe, centre half, Durban United and Addington football clubs. Killed in a motor accident in 1970. SA Footballer of the Year, 1966.
  • Johnny Sinclair, Durban United footballer(midfielder).
  • Gareth Irvine, Durban United goalkeeper.
  • Eric Dalton-SA Golf, Tennis and Cricket.
  • Hank McGregor, SA Surfski
Lance Klusener
Barry Richards
Ainsley Ndlovu
Hashim Amla
BJ Botha
Sydney Atkinson
Jason Ribbink
Rory Sabbatini
Hank McGregor


  • Major Edwin Swales VC, DFC. SAAF and RAF. Pathfinder ‘Master’ Bomber.
  • Captain JFO Davis, SAAF and 601 Squadron, RAF. DFC and Bar and, Air Medal 1st and 2nd clusters.
  • J.J.le Roux. RAF, Squadron Leader 602 Squadron. DFC and 2 Bars. His squadron wounded Field Marshall Erwin Rommel when his car overturned during an aerial attack.
  • Major EC Saville, RAF and SAAF. DFC and Bar and American DFC.
  • Paddy Roberts, Lawyer and WW 2 RAF pilot. Turned to songwriting and singing, writing numerous UK hits and film scores. Won five Ivor Novello Awards.
  • Captain W L O Moon, SAAF, DFC and Bar.
  • Lt.-Col J A C Rademan, SAAF, DSO and DFC.Head of Civil Aviation in RSA.
  • Lt.-Col E M Baker, SAAF,DSO, DFC.
  • Lt.-Comdr. J E H McBeath, RN,DSO, OM.
  • Sq.Ldr. ‘Paddy’ Hopkins, RAF Coastal Command. AFC and DFC.
  • Wing-Commander David Haysom, RAF, DSO and DFC.
  • Major G R O Edwards, DSO and Bar.
  • Lt-Col.A Winter Evans, DSO,DCM.
  • Lt. J F Britz, Royal Marines, MM. SA Boxing.
  • Sgt Peter Keogh, Royal Irish Regiment. Military Cross, Afghanistan 2010.
  • Lt.-Col O S Hampson, VD Commanding Officer Royal Durban Light Infantry
  • Lt. H E Towersey, MC and B.E.M.
  • Lt.John Rorich, MC.
  • Captain L M Jacobs, Royal Durban Light Infantry, MC.
  • Lt.R.E.Morrison, Military Cross and Bar.
  • Capt.L.C.Grice MC.
  • Sq.Ldr. W S Bowyer, RAF.
  • Major Clive Shenton, Black Watch and Parachute Regiment. Left the Army and studied law at Edinburgh University. Admitted to the Scottish Bar(1975) and English Bar and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1990. Distinguished Service Cross
  • Lt. Guy Brokensha, Distinguished Service Cross, Fleet Air Arm (888 Squadron).
  • Michael Turner, SAAF and RAF pilot. Became a film and TV actor in Britain after WW2.
  • Lt.Col Wilfred Clark, 15 and 31 Squadrons,SAAF. Served in North Africa, Malta, Italy, Poland and Germany during WW II.
  • Lt. M O Grunder, SAAF. AFC (American), Korean War. Killed in action September 1951.

Over 250 old boys died, and more than 2000 were injured in both World Wars. I Victoria Cross (VC), 27 Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFC), 21 Military Crosses (MC), 10 Military Medals (MM) and 8 Distinguished Service Orders (DSO) were awarded to old boys in these and subsequent conflicts. In the battle of Delville Wood in 1916, 12 old boys were killed, 9 wounded and 3 were taken prisoner.

The arts and media

  • Roy Campbell, poet, author and adventurer.
  • Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet. Won the Queen Victoria Memorial Prize for English, for best paper in English, in 1903. One of the most significant poets of the 20th century. Poet Laureate of Portugal. Also wrote poetry in French and English.
  • Marc Raubenheimer, concert pianist. Won the Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in 1982.Killed in the Barajas Airport tragedy in 1983 aged 32.Acclaimed in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, London and New York.
  • Noel Langley, novelist and playwright. Wrote the film scenario for The Wizard of Oz.
  • Howard Carpendale, ‘Schlager’ singer and songwriter. Had number one hits in all German speaking countries. Received Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Echo Awards. Sold over 25 million records. Won Goldene Europa awards in 1978 and 1987. School First XI cricket, First XV rugby and Natal School’s athletics.
  • Jack Cope, author.
  • Professor Geoffrey Smithers, Rhodes Scholar. World authority on Middle English. King’s College, Oxford and Durham Universities.
  • Conrad Arthur Skinner, author. Wrote under the pseudonym Michael Maurice. Cox to the Cambridge eight for three years.
  • Victor Stiebel. London fashion designer.
  • Stephen Mulholland. Editor of Financial Mail (JHB) and CEO of South African Associated Newspapers, now Times Media and the Fairfax Group(Australia). All American swimming champion(1960) while at Purdue University.
  • Anthony Heard, Editor. Special adviser to the SA government, Pringle Press Award, Golden Pen Award (World Association of Newspapers)in 1986.
  • Laurence Gandar, Editor the Rand Daily Mail. Received the World Press Achievement Award by the American Newspaper Proprietors Association in 1966 and named a World Press Freedom Hero in 2010.
  • Professor Tim Couzens, literary and social historian.
  • Paul Herman Robinson, cartoonist for The Natal Mercury newspaper in Durban.
  • Antony Bullimore, ‘Planet Cake’ a reality television show, Australia.
  • Austin Ferraz, editor Sunday Mail, Salisbury.
  • Peter Court, author of Hear the Ringdove Call and A Man Alone.
Edwin Swales
Fernando Pessoa