We live in a country in which access to quality education, and the opportunity to attend a school such as Durban High School is an honour and a privilege.
Our informative years will no doubt always stir memories for us. Each one of us that attended school at 255 St Thomas Road will have carried experiences, and the privileged education we received, into our adulthood. In a modern world where the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” has continually widened globally over the past three decades, the relevance of an exceptional state school in Africa has never been greater. Most of the school’s old boys went into a world, which post the Great War, gave more equal opportunities across the classes – and prospered. It is just as important a century later for young people with the potential to be given an opportunity to achieve their potential.
The Foundation has been instrumental in maintaining and improving the school facilities, and in establishing bursaries to enable deserving learners to attend DHS who would otherwise not have had the means to do so. As a result of these efforts, DHS maintains its preeminent position as one of the top schools in the country, based on its academic, sporting, extra mural, cultural and other accomplishments.
DHS now offers the Cambridge learning system, as well as an extension learning programme, nonpareil. This makes DHS unique amongst the other leading government schools and private schools is Kwa-Zulu Natal & South Africa.
Among the improvements made to the school by various Old Boys and the Foundation:
• the refurbishment of Blackmore House,
• a world class music centre which is Trinity Internationally accredited,
• the revamping of the Seabrooke Theatre,
• the establishment of the Victor Daitz Mathematics and Science facility,
• the upgrade of our Media Centre as well as the DHS Museum,
• the Cambridge Academy, and
• the Indoor Cricket Centre.
Future projects include:
• a hockey AstroTurf,
• an Old Boys Pavilion, and
• an extension of the Cambridge Academy.
There has probably been no time in South Africa’s history when the kind of individual that DHS produces can make a greater contribution to the country, in the fields of politics, government service, education, the professions, business, and society generally. Indeed, the very viability of democracy in South Africa may depend on it.
DHS and the Foundation need your help to achieve our mission.