About the
DHS Foundation

Durban High School is the oldest school in Durban with an illustrious history that has produced leaders in all areas of endeavour from academics to sport and politics. We have, for long periods rested on our past, but today, our boys continue to bring esteem to the school, and we intend on maintaining our rank as one of the top boys’ high schools in the country.

The DHS Foundation Trust was established shortly after the Second World War, and its purpose is to develop and uplift the Durban High School through partnership with the school community of Old Boys, parents, staff, and learners. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to generate financial support for DHS, and to ensure that the strategic objectives of the Durban High School are met, now and in the future. Those objectives bear repeating:

“Our driving ambition is to maximize the potential of every learner to be the best that he can be in the classroom, on the sporting field, and in all cultural activities. The key focus is to produce a well-balanced learner who can enter tertiary education with confidence, a strong value system, and the ability to interact with all cultures locally and abroad.”

The  DHS Foundation Trust is committed to the development and upliftment of Durban High School. The DHS Foundation Trust is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and also enjoys Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status. It is managed by a Board of Trustees and is subject to an annual audit.

The DHS Foundation Trust provides opportunities to pledge support, whether it be financial or in the form of sharing expertise, in order to ensure that the strategic objectives of Durban High School are met now and in the future. We aim to ensure the continued growth of DHS as a centre of excellence, learning and opportunity.

 

Our Mission

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.

Trust Commitment
DHS Foundation

The DHS Foundation Trust and its Board of Trustees welcome the support and involvement of the DHS Old Boys Community, parents, staff, and learners.

Our main purpose is to maintain and strengthen the heritage, tradition, and legacy of Durban High School and provide boys the opportunity to enhance these beliefs, by providing them with a sound education and schooling.

Trustees

Chairman – DHS Old Boy

SIZWE NXEDLANA

Sizwe matriculated in 1999 and was a member of Blackmore House. He was a keen sportsman who participated in Athletics, Rugby and Basketball. Sizwe represented KZN at U16 and U18 School Rugby levels.

Trustee – DHS Old Boy

DAMIAN JUDGE CA (SA)

Damian Judge CA (SA) (Fincom) matriculated in 2001. He was Head Boy of Blackmore House, a School Prefect, a member of the Learner Representative Council and played 1st team Waterpolo.

Trustee – DHS Old Boy

DR FAISAL SULIMAN

Dr Suliman holds a MBBCh degree from WITS, Diploma in Anaesthesia from the College of Medicine and a MBA cum laude from UKZN(UDW). He is in private medical practice in Durban.

Trustee – DHS Old Boy

LINDA ZONDI

Linda is the current Chairman of the South African cricket selectors.

Trustee – DHS Old Boy

DON ALLAWAY

Born in Durban on 22nd January 1947. Attended DPHS & DHS (Class of 64). Won the DHS talent contest in 1962 as a member of Howard Carpendale’s Rock Band, The Strangers.

Awarded Half Colours for Rugby in 1963 and played in the 2nd XV that beat College that year.

Played First XV Rugby in 1964 and was awarded First XV Colours. Part of the First XV touring party that toured Zimbabwe in the July Holidays.

Married to Rosy for 46 years. Two Children, David (Class of 97) and Jane (now Jacob) Durban Girls College (Class of 2000)

The Team

CEO

Andrew Shedlock

Andrew “Shedders” Shedlock, the Director of Cricket at Durban High School, is a University of Stellenbosch sports science graduate and internationally respected coach and cricket-specific fitness and conditioning consultant, with the CV to prove it. Andrew is a DHS Old Boy (Class of 1981) and was a top international sportsman in his day, captaining the SA Schools Water Polo team and representing South Africa in Men’s Water Polo. His name can be found on the honours’ board in the Hall foyer.

In April 2019 “Shedders” came on board as the new CEO of the DHS Foundation Trust. With his experience and as an Old Boys himself, he was the perfect candidate to take over from his predecessor Louis Arde. Andrew has made incredible progress in increasing support structures through his relationships with Old Boys who are in a position to help DHS financially.

Foundation Office Manager

Liezl Basson

Liezl Basson completed her National Executive Secretarial Diploma at the Technikon Pretoria and has an open and clear communication style. She has 25 years experience in the corporate world!

Liezl started at the DHS Foundation as Office Manager in January 2020 and is looking forward to this exciting challenge and is making a difference!

She hopes to bring renewed energy to the Foundation along with her colleague and CEO of the Foundation, Andrew Shedlock where they intend to make great strides in the betterment of the foundation and support of the DHS School.