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)|
|Grades||8 - 12|
|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.
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.
- 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. DHS First XV rugby, First XI cricket and Head Prefect. Natal School's Rugby.
- 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. Dux 1962
- Thomas John I'Anson Bromwich. Professor of Mathematics, Queen's College, Galway, Ireland. Fellow of the Royal Society.
- Major Edwin Swales VC, DFC. SAAF and RAF. Pathfinder 'Master' Bomber.
- Paddy Roberts. Lawyer and WW 2 RAF pilot.Commercial BOAC pilot. Turned to songwriting and singing, writing numerous UK hits and film scores. Won five Ivor Novello Awards.
- Sqr Ldr Chris le Roux, DFC and 2 bars.
Over 250 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.
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.
- Jack Cope, author
- Victor Stiebel. London fashion designer
All represented South Africa except where noted:
- 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. 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, 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. First XV rugby.*
- Geoff Griffin. The only South African to take a hat-trick in a test match (Lords 1960). First XV rugby and Natal School's Athletics, Natal U19 rugby, Rhodesia hockey.
- 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.
- Imraan Khan. Opened the innings in the third test against Australia in Cape Town in the absence of SA captain Graeme Smith (2009).
- Jonathan Fellows-Smith. Rugby Blue, Oxford University.
- Richard Dumbrill
- Sid Pegler
- 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.
- JAJ Christy
- 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.
- Greg Rawlinson, New Zealand - All Blacks, Position - Lock.
- BJ Botha. South Africa - Springboks, Position - Prop. World Cup Winner, Rugby World Cup 2007.
- Antonie Claassen, France flank/8th man. SA U19. Head Prefect.
- Graham Downes, prop, USA Eagles.
- 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.
- Shaun Tomson, 1977 IPS World Champion Surfer.
- Rory Sabbatini. Won the World Cup of Golf in 2003 partnered by Trevor Immelman.Finished second in the 2007 Masters Tournament.