Barry is an extremely proud DHS and DPHS Old Boy and matriculated from DHS in 1978. Barry recently announced his retirement after 36 years in education. “I can now look forward to being in the audience for Grandparents Day and enjoy the biscuits and sprinkles,” said Barry shortly after he announced his retirement.
“As a DHS Old Boy, when I was at High School there was a teacher of a subject, I wasn’t very good at, but he still made the lessons so warm and encouraging, it inspired me to go into education,” said Barry.
After school Barry studied at Edgewood Teachers College and after qualifying to become a teacher, he started his teaching career in 1985, with his first post being at DPHS.
Barry taught at DPHS for 19 years where he was HOD and lead the Grade 7 phase. During this time, he also coached the 1st XV and 1st XI.
In 2003, Barry was promoted to Deputy Principal at Northlands Primary and became the Headmaster in 2011 and served as Headmaster for 7 years.
In 2017 he was appointed Headmaster at DPHS where he has currently served for the past five years.
Barry has coached many sports during his teaching career with rugby being his main passion. Amongst the teams he has coached include:
• DHS 1st XV
• DHS Old Boys 1st XV and u/20
• Jaguars Club 1st XV
• Natal U19 coach
• Coached Sharks Craven Week Primary Schools XV
Over and above his coaching accomplishments Barry was also a KZN Society Referee.
He presently serves on the SA Schools Rugby Committee and KZNRU Council. For many years Barry has been the Sharks Primary Schools Rugby Chairman.
With many years of classroom experience, Barry said his advice to your teachers would be “to approach each day knowing that you are going to make an ordinary day into an extraordinary day for somebody.”
After his retirement from DPHS, Barry and his wife Melanie are planning to move to Cape Town so they can spend more time with family especially their three grandchildren.
We wish you a very happy retirement and thank you for all the ‘ordinary days that you have turned into extraordinary days for many many schoolboys.’
There is no more passionate and dedicate teacher and headmaster than you, and we THANK YOU BARRY WILSON.