Durban High School
|Durban High School (D.H.S.)|
|Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa|
|Type||All-Boys Public School(state)|
|Motto||Deo Fretus (In God We Trust)|
|Locale||Urban (125 st.Thomas Road,Durban)|
|Number of students||1000|
|Houses||Swales, Grice, Langley, Campbell and Payn|
|School color(s)||Oxford blue and old gold!|
DHS opened its doors in 1866 in two rooms and with seven pupils in Smith Street. From there it moved to a disused granary in Cato Square in 1880, just after the Zulu War, and then to the Old Hospital on the foreshore. In 1895, it moved up onto the healthier Berea to its present site, where it flourished. The ten acres (four ha) plot was granted to the School by the Durban Town Council. The first enrolled student was a boy called Eben Coakes and he was also the first Head-boy. There is also a related primary school: Durban Preparatory High School (D.P.H.S.). The school has approximately 1000 enrolled students, all boys, and includes a small boarding establishment and over 75 teachers. The headmaster is Mr. Leon Erasmus. It is the oldest standing school in Durban and one of the oldest in South Africa.
- 1 Houses
- 2 Sports
- 3 Notable people
- 3.1 Staff
- 3.2 Alumni
- 4 References
- 5 External links
There are six houses:
- Swales – Old Gold
- Grice – Turquoise
- Langley – Red
- Campbell – Green
- Payn – Oxford Blue
- Blackmore (the boarders' house) – White
Blackmore House is a home for over 140 boys. The boys' needs are catered for by food provision and dormitories with a maximum of 6 boys per dorm. The boys can go home most weekends and return on Monday mornings.
A wide range of sports and activities are offered including climbing, golf, fishing, surfing, chess, football, basketball, and hardball as well as the more traditional athletics, cricket, hockey, and rugby which have been played at the school for over a hundred years.
- Lt Col A C Martin, Military Cross. Headmaster from 1943-1952. German prisoner of war for 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. Izak died at the school in 1973.
- 'Skonk' Nicholson,renowned schools rugby coach.Coached seven Springboks including Joel Stransky and Butch James, both world cup winning fly-halves when he coached the first XV at Maritzburg College. DHS First XV rugby, First XI cricket and Head Prefect. Natal School's Rugby.
- Bill Payne, 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. Provincial cricket, boxing, baseball and athletics. German prisoner of war with another DHS teacher Izak Van Heerden.
- Sqd Ldr G F Chater, RAF. Distinguished Flying Cross, Battle of Britain pilot..
- LCW Theobald. Latin teacher and first XI coach from 1949 to 1967.Coached eight SA cricketers including Trevor Goddard, Hugh Tayfield, Barry Richards, Lee Irvine, Dennis Gamsy. First XI cricket.
- Aubrey Samuel Langley, Headmaster from 1910–1931. Introduced rugby to the school (he hated soccer) and was responsible for establishing the Prep School which has produced 70 international sportsmen, including 4 England Rugby players, an All Black and the New Zealand wicketkeeper.
- Norman Lucas, inspirational Science teacher at the school for 41 years.
- Tony Human, Senior Boarder Master and Science teacher. The school's longest serving teacher, 1965-2014.
- Dr Ernest George Jansen MP, Governor- General of the Union of South Africa (1950–1959).
- Sir Gavyn Arthur, former Lord Mayor of London. Another DHS boy to end up at Harrow School.
- Sir Albert Robinson MP. Read Law at Stellenbosch and Cambridge universities. Served as High Commissioner to Britain for the Central African Federation.
- Alec Erwin, MP. Minister of Trade and Industry. President ; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(1996-2000).
- John Lloyd, Barrister and former Labour Party Leader, Exeter City Council.Anti-Apartheid campaigner.
- Senator Charles Clarkson OBE. SA Minister of the Interior(Home Affairs) 1943-1948.
- Leif Egeland MP and Rhodes Scholar. Ambassador to Sweden and the Hague. SA High Commissioner in London. Dux 1918.
- Dr Vernon Shearer, Mayor of Durban.
- Graham Mackeurtan, LL.B(Cantab). MP and King's Counsel and Historian. First in the Final Law exams of the Inner Temple, London.
- Roger Hulley, MP.
- Townley Williams, MP.
- Rupert Ellis-Brown, Mayor of Durban. Represented SA Sailing at 1924(Paris) and 1928(Amsterdam) Olympic Games
- Dennis Shepstone, Administrator of Natal Province. Chancellor of University of Natal.
- Miles Cadman, MP.
- Radclyffe Cadman, Leader of The New Republic Party. Administrator of Natal. MA(Cantab) LL.B. Royal Navy in WW2.
- 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. Awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal in 1970.
- Dr Percy Deift. Professor of Mathematics at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. Awarded The George Polya Prize, 1998. Ph.D-Princeton University. Dux 1962
- Dr Mervyn Susser, member Royal College of Physicians(Edinburgh). Sergievsky Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University New York,USA.
- Thomas John I'Anson Bromwich. Professor of Mathematics, Queen's College, Galway, Ireland. Fellow of the Royal Society.Senior Wrangler, Cambridge 1897.
- Professor Dudley Goodhead, OBE. Director of the Medical Research Council's Radiation and Genome Stability Unit, Harwell UK. D.Phil, Oxford. Dux 1956. Presented with the Gray Medal in 2011,The Weiss Medal(UK), Failla Medal(USA), Bacq & Alexander Medal(Europe).
- Dr Alan Gelb, Rhodes Scholar, Director of the World Bank Washington D C .Ph.D, Oxford.
- Dr John Bradford, Order of Canada 2013. Professor of Forensic Psychiatry University of Ottawa and Queen's University, Canada. Victoria Jubilee Medal.
- Dr David Bourne. Switched from a career in nuclear physics to become a Chief Research Officer in Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cape Town.
- Dr Ian Robertson, US sociologist and author. Former NUSAS president and Anti-Apartheid campaigner.
- Professor Phillip Tobias, palaeoanthropologist. Doctorates in medicine, genetics and palaeoanthropology. Nominated three times for a Nobel Prize.
- Dr David Papineau, King's College London. Professor of the Philosophy of Science. Ph.D-Cambridge. Dux 1963.
- Dr Peter Disler. Professor of Medicine Monash University, Australia.
- Dr David Levy. Professor of Electrical and Information Engineering, Sydney University.
- Dr Peter de Villiers, Rhodes Scholar. Professor of Psychology, Smith College USA. Ph.D- Harvard. Won the decathlon at the AAA Championships in England in 1969. British Universities decathlon champion in 1970, setting a SA record in the process. Head prefect.
- Dr David Henderson-Smart, Order of Australia. Professor of Medical Health,Sydney University.
- Dr Garth Allardice, orthopaedic surgeon at Northwick Park Hospital, UK. Played centre half for Kaizer Chiefs football team while at Wits Medical School. First XV rugby and athletics. Natal Schools rugby, football and athletics.
- Dr Jeffrey Greenstein, neurologist. Head of Multiple Sclerosis Research Institute (MSRI), Philadelphia USA. Professor of Neurology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.
- Dr Alistair McEwan Lamont, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pretoria.
- Professor Geoffrey Smithers, Rhodes Scholar. World authority on Middle English. King's College, Oxford and Durham universities.
- Nils Eckhoff, Senior Surgeon at Guy's Hospital and consulting surgeon at Harvard University.
- Dr E V Axelson. Professor of History, University of Cape Town. Discovered the first Diaz Cross in 1938.
- Dr Jacques Joubert, Professor of Neurology at UNISA, Africa's largest university and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia.
- Dr Charles Alfred Keogh. Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, England.
- Alan Crump, Professor of Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand. First XV, Athletics team.
- Dr Clive Leeman, Professor of English, Moorpark College, California USA.
- Professor David Brokensha, anthropologist. Universities of Ghana and California(Santa Barbara). German prisoner of war 1942-1945.
- Dr Mike Kirkwood, author, poet and anti-apartheid campaigner. Editor of Bolt, Ravan Press and Staffrider. First XV rugby.
- Professor Bruce Sparks, Head of Family Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand.Elected President of World Organisation of Family Doctors(WONCA) in 2004.
- Bronek Masojada, Rhodes Scholar. CEO Hiscox Insurance,London. Past President of Insurance Institute of London, Director of LLoyds of London.
- Stephen Bradley Saad, founder and CEO of Aspen Pharmacare, Africa's largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. First XV rugby.
- Alex Ritchie. Engineer, entrepreneur and hot air balloon pilot who saved Sir Richard Branson's life.
- Dr Jonathan Beare, International financier and philanthropist
- Dr Cecil Renaud, international financier and philanthropist.
- Alan J Hellman. Founder and original CEO of Game Stores, Africa's largest discount retailer.
- Vernon Crookes, CEO Crookes Brothers one of Kwa-Zulu's Natal's oldest companies.
- Dr Graham Bell, founder and CEO of E-Nose Pty Ltd(Biotechnology), Sydney Australia.
- Graeme Robertson. Direct marketing advertising guru in the UK. The Graeme Robertson Trust was established in his honour in 1991. First XV rugby.
- 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.
- Phillip V. Tobias, 1948 President of the National Union of South African Students.Professor of Palaeoanthropology at Wits.
- Karel Tip, Senior Council, trade union activist, Queen's Counsel.Adjunct Professor of Law at UCT.
- Ian Robertson. Banned for inviting Senator Robert Kennedy to South Africa. US author and sociologist.
- Charles Nupen, attorney. Chief Technical Advisor to the International Labour Organisation.
- Major Edwin Swales. Victoria Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross. SAAF and RAF. Pathfinder 'Master' Bomber.
- Lt-Col JFO Davis. SAAF(South African Air Force), Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar and Air Medal(American).
- Paddy Roberts. Lawyer and WW 2 Royal Air Force(RAF) pilot.Commercial BOAC pilot. Turned to songwriting and singing, writing numerous UK hits and film scores. Won five Ivor Novello Awards.
- Lt John Rorich, Military Cross.
- Lt-Col. E M Baker,DSO, DFC.
- Sqr Ldr Chris le Roux, 91, 111, 602 and 41 Squadrons RAF. DFC and 2 bars. His 602 squadron straffed a German staff car in late 1944 injuring General Erwin Rommel who was seriously injured and unable to command the German defences against the Allied invasion.
- Major E.C. Saville. SAAF and RAF, DFC and Bar, American Distinguished Flying Cross.
- Michael Turner. SAAF and RAF pilot. Became a stage,film and TV actor in Britain after WW2.
- Sq.Ldr 'Paddy' Hopkins, RAF Coastal Command. AFC and DFC.
- Lt-Col JAC Rademan, SAAF, DSO and DFC. Head of Civil Aviation in SA after WW2.
- Lt-Col Wilfred Clark 15 and 31 squadrons, SAAF. Served in North Africa, Malta, Italy, Poland and Germany during WW2.
- Sgt Peter Keogh, Royal Irish Regiment. Military Cross Afghanistan 2010.
- Major G R O Edwards, DSO and Bar.
- Major Clive Shenton, Black Watch and Parachute Regiment. Left the army and studied law at Edinburgh University. Admitted to Scottish Bar(1975) and English Bar. Became a Queen's Counsel in 1990. Distinguished Service Cross.
- Captain W L O Moon. SAAF, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar.
- Lt. Comdr J E H McBeath, Royal Navy. DSO and OM.
- Captain L M Jacobs, Royal Durban Light Infantry, Military Cross.
- Wing-Commander David Haysom. Royal Air Force, DSO and DFC.
- Lt Guy Brokensha, Distinguished Flying Cross, Fleet Air Arm(888 squadron).
- Lt J F Britz, Royal Marines.Military Medal and SA Boxing.
- Lt. H E Towersey, MC and B.E.M.
- Capt. L C Grice, MC.
- Lt M O Grunder, SAAF. Killed in action in the Korean War, September 1951. Air Force Cross(United States).
- Lt R E Morrison, Military Cross and Bar.
- Sq Ldr W S Bowyer, RAF. Battle of Britain.
Over 250 old boys died, and more than 2,000 were injured in both World Wars. I Victoria Cross(VC), 27 Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFC), 22 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.
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 literary figures of the 20th century and one of Portugal's greatest poets. Poet Laureate of Portugal. Antero de Quental Award in 1934. Also wrote 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.
- Jack Cope, author.
- Conrad Arthur Skinner, author. Wrote under the pseudonym Michael Maurice. Cox to the Cambridge eight for three years.
- Victor Stiebel. London fashion designer.
- Howard Carpendale. 'Schlager' singer, sold over 25 million records in German speaking countries. Won Goldene Europa Award in 1978 and 1987. First XV rugby,First XI cricket and Natal School's athletics.
- Laurence Gandar.Anti-apartheid campaigner and Editor, Rand Daily Mail. Named a World Press Freedom Hero in 2010. Captain in Sixth SA Armoured Division in Italy in WW2.
- Anthony Heard, anti-apartheid campaigner and editor the Cape Times. Special adviser to the Minister in the Presidency.
- 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 University.
- Professor Tim Couzens, literary and social historian.
- Antony Bullimore, of "Planet Cake" a reality TV series in Australia.
- Paul Herman Robinson, cartoonist for the Natal Mercury newspaper in Durban.
- Austin Ferraz, editor Sunday Mail, Salisbury(now Harare).
- Justice Brian Law.
- Justice A.E. Carlisle.
- Justice Leo Carney.
- Justice Ramon Nigel Leon.
- Justice B.D.Burne.
- Justice David Friedman. Dux 1952.
- Justice Alan Magid.
- Justice Neville(G N) Holmes, Judge of the Appellate Division.
- Justice Jonathan Heger, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, formally the Appellate Division.
- Justice Malcolm Wallis, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal and honorary Professor of Law in the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
All represented South Africa except where noted:
- Hashim Amla.SA captain. 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. Quickest SA batsman to score 20 test centuries and the fastest batsman from all countries to score 4000 runs in ODIs.
- Lance Klusener, "Zulu", ICC 1999 World Cup Man of the Tournament despite SA not playing in the final, 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. Scored 325 runs not out in a single day against Western Australia. 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. First XV rugby. **
- Jon Kent.
- Nummy Dean, SA captain.
- Nevil Lindsay.
- Geoff Griffin. Only South African to take a hat-trick in a test match (Lords 1960). First XV rugby, Natal School's Athletics,Natal U19 rugby, Rhodesia hockey. **
- Horace Chapman.
- Trevor Goddard. SA captain and opening bat and Test cricket's most economical bowler (av 1.64/over). Provincial football. **
- Richard Snell. World Cup 1992.
- Lee Irvine Highest First XI batting average at DHS in a season. Scored 1310 runs at an average of 68.95 in 21 innings. School first XV rugby and School Athletics.
- Tyron Henderson, First XV rugby.
- Mike Rindel.
- Jack Siedle.
- Imraan Khan. Opened the innings in the third test against Australia in Cape Town in the absence of SA captain Graeme Smith (2009). Not the Pakistan captain.
- George Shepstone, Maritzburg College, DHS and Repton School.
- Colin Wesley. First XV rugby. **
- Dennis Gamsy,wicketkeeper. First XV rugby.
- Jonathan Fellows-Smith. Rugby Blue, Oxford University. **
- Richard Dumbrill
- D P 'Conky' Conyngham.
- Eric Dalton. SA tennis and golf also.
- Sid Pegler
- Herbie Taylor. SA captain. Attended the Prep school when it was part of DHS and Michaelhouse. Military Cross in WW1. Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1925.
- 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. Head Boy, captain of cricket and rugby.
- JAJ Christy.
- Bertram Cooley, toured England in 1901 with the SA team.
- V C Robbins. Played for SA in two matches against SB Joel's XI captained by Lord Tennyson. They were not test matches.
- Nick Compton (represented England). 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. Hilton College and Harrow School(UK) also.
** - All five played in the Lords test match in 1960. Over 200 old boys have played provincial cricket in South Africa or county cricket in England.
- Greg Rawlinson, New Zealand - All Blacks, Position - Lock.
- Andrew Aitken, South Africa-8th man.
- Neville Tod-SA, wing.
- Alistair Hargreaves, South Africa- Lock. Captained the SA U19 team that won the U19 World Cup in 2004.
- BJ Botha. South Africa - Springboks, Position - Prop. World Cup Winner, Rugby World Cup 2007.
- Antonie Claassen, France flank/8th man. SA U19. Head Prefect. His father Wynand captained the Springboks.
- Graham Downes, prop, USA Eagles.
- Guy Manson-Bishop. Played on the flank for the British Barbarians against South Africa at Landsdowne Road Dublin 1994. South African XV.
- Matt Alexander, USA Eagles- Fly-Half(1995-1998). Scored 286 points for the United States national team.
- Garth Williamson, scrum half. Natal and Junior Springboks.
- Robbie Savage, centre. Played for Natal in the 6-6 draw against the All Blacks(1960) and the 14-13 defeat of Australia(1963).
- Clarence Oldfield, Silver medal 4x400m relay in 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium.
- Sydney Atkinson. Gold medal 110m hurdles, 1928 Summer Olympic Games in Amsterdam, silver in the same event in 1924 Olympics in Paris.
- Dr Peter de Villiers, Rhodes Scholar. SA Decathlon Champion. Won the Decathlon at the AAA Championships in England in 1969.
- H. Knowles, SA Athletics.
Surfing, swimming, and lifesaving
- Shaun Tomson, 1977 IPS World Champion Surfer.
- Travis Logie, surfer. Won the gold medal at 2002 ISA World Games.
- Jason Ribbink, surfer. Captain of the victorious SA team at the ISA World Games in 2002.
- David Weare, international surfer.
- Byron Jeffers, SA Swimming. 43 SA junior championship and 3 Africa junior championship records. 8 British age group records and youngest swimmer to medal in SA National Championships aged 14. First team All-American in 200m relay.
- Leandro Jorge. Swam for Mocambique in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
- Michael Bolstridge. Selected to swim for SA in the Olympic Games in Montreal(1972). The team was banned from participating.
- G. May, SA Swimming.
- Merlin Fredericks, SA Swimming.
- Alan Burt, SA Lifesaving. First XV rugby.
- C Murray, SA Lifesaving.
- Guy Nothard, SA Lifesaving.
- R Coetzee, SA Lifesaving.
- Tony Dumas, SA Lifesaving.
- Lester Kitto, SA Lifesaving. First XV rugby.
- M. Hardaker, SA Lifesaving.
- J. Zwart, SA Lifesaving.
- Colin Woodcock, SA Water-Polo. Head Prefect and Natal School's Rugby.
- D Collopy, SA Lifesaving and Water-Polo.
- Rory Sabbatini. Won the World Cup of Golf in 2003 partnered by Trevor Immelman.Finished second in the 2007 Masters Tournament.
- Vernon Kirby, SA Davis Cup.
- David Adams, SA Davis Cup.
- John Yuill, Professional tennis player.
- E Getaz,SA Tennis.
- J Hendrie, SA Tennis.
- C J J Robbins, SA Tennis.
- Eric Dalton, SA Davis Cup.
- Mike Cullen, SA. International Hockey Player of the Year, 2002.
- Grant Smith, SA.
- Geoff Abbott, SA.
- S de Wet,SA.
- B Pearse,SA.
- P Woods, SA.
- Shaun Davenhill, SA.
- Grant Robertson,SA.
- Richard Curtis, SA.
- Rory Donnellan. Rhodes Scholar, SA Equestrian.
- Hank Mcgregor. Three time K1 World Canoe Marathon Champion. Winner of the Dusi Canoe Marathon and 7X winner of the 240 km long Berg River Canoe Marathon.
- David Uniake, SA Basketball.
- E J W Browne, SA Rowing.
- Reneshan Naidoo, SA Badminton(2012) while still at school.
- Mike Sellick, SA Casting. First XV rugby.
- Lt J F Britz, Military Medal.SA Boxing.
- D Napier, SA Baseball.
- J Banks,SA Shooting.
- M Statham, SA Yachting(1995, 1998, 1999).
- L A Evans, SA Yachting.
- L H Horsfield, SA Yachting.
- Dr Garth Allardice, centre half at Kaizer Chiefs football club. First XV rugby and Natal School's rugby, football and athletics.
- Robin Lowe. Addington and Durban United football teams. SA Footballer of the Year(1966). Killed in a motor accident in 1968.
- Johnny Sinclair, midfielder, Durban United football club.
- Gareth Irvine, goalkeeper, Durban United. First XV rugby.
- Louis Arde, captain SA amateur football team.
- Basil Hollister, Durban City and SA amateur football team.
- Ernie Rodrigues, Durban City football.
- Patrick Destombes, Durban United football team.
- Rupert Ellis-Brown. Durban Mayor. Represented SA in sailing in Olympic Games in 1924(Paris) and 1928(Amsterdam).
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