Durban High School

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Durban High School (D.H.S.)
Durban High School (D.H.S.) is located in South Africa
Durban High School (D.H.S.)
Durban High School (D.H.S.)
125 St. Thomas Road
Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
South Africa
Coordinates 29°50′40″S 30°59′52″E / 29.84444°S 30.99778°E / -29.84444; 30.99778
Type All-Boys Public School (state)
Motto Deo Fretus
(In God We Trust)
Established 1866
Locale Urban
Head Master Mr Leon Erasmus
Grades 8–12
Number of students 1100
Houses Swales, Grice, Langley, Campbell and Payne and Blackmore
School colour(s) Navy blue and Oxford gold
Newspaper The Herald
Boarding houses Blackmore

Durban High School is an all-boys public school in Durban, South Africa.

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 plot was granted to the School by the Durban Town Council. The first enrolled student was a boy called Eben Coates and he was also the first Head-boy. There is also a related primary school: Durban Preparatory High School. 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
  • Payne– 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 100 years. The school has produced over 125 international sportsmen in sports ranging from rugby and cricket to golf, badminton, baseball, surfing and powerlifting. Countries represented include France, New Zealand, England, Scotland and the USA. More than 30 old boys have played international cricket, six of whom were Wisden Cricketers of the Year. Five old boys played in the 1960 Lords test against England and four in the first two tests against Australia in 1969/70.

Notable people[edit]


  • Robert Russell, Scottish born educator and first Head Master (1866–1875).
  • Col A C Martin Headmaster(1943-1952). German prisoner of war for 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.
  • 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. Prisoner of war in Germany with fellow DHS teacher Izak Van Heerden. Ran the 90 km Comrades Marathon in rugby boots. Provincial cricket, baseball, athletics and boxing.
  • L.C.W. Theobald, Latin Master and school and SA School's cricket coach. Master-in-charge of cricket 1949-1967.Coached eight SA cricketers including Barry Richards, Lee Irvine, Hugh Tayfield and Trevor Goddard. First XI cricket.
  • '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. Coach of 14 unbeaten College teams. In his 35 seasons in charge of the College First XV his teams established a playing record of, Played 504, Won 403, Drew 49 and Lost 52. DHS First XV rugby, First XI cricket and Head Prefect. Natal School's Rugby.[1]
  • Aubrey Samuel Langley, Headmaster. Introduced rugby and established the Durban Preparatory High School(DPHS) which has produced 90 international sportsmen.
  • Tony Human, the school's longest serving teacher. 'AJ' has taught at the school for 53 years(1965-2017).





  • Stephen Bradley Saad, founder and CEO of Aspen Pharmacare, Africa's largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. First XV rugby.
  • Graeme Robertson, British direct marketing guru. The Graeme Robertson Trust is named in his honour. First XV rugby.
  • Bronek Masojada, Rhodes Scholar. CEO of Hiscox Insurance. Past president of Insurance Institute of London, Deputy Chairman of LLoyd's of London(2001-2007).
  • Stephen Mulholland, CEO Times Media Limited(Formerly SAAN) 1986-1992. CEO Fairfax Group(Australia)1992-1996. Two time All American Swimming Champion and South African national champion.
  • Mick Goss, attorney and advocate and owner of Summerhill Stud. Natal School's rugby.
  • Christopher Seabrooke, Chairman of the South African State Theatre, the largest theatre complex in Africa.
  • Alan J Hellman-founder and original CEO of Game Stores, now Africa's largest discount retailer.
  • Alex Ritchie, Hot air balloon engineer, innovator and businessman who saved Richard Branson's life.
  • Tony Norton, Rhodes Scholar. First Executive President of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Director-General, Council of Southern African Bankers. Oxford Blue in Athletics, Modern Pentathlon
  • Graham Atkinson: Chief Executive Officer Umgeni Water(1987-1996), a state-owned entity. It is one of Africa’s most successful organisations involved in water management, and is the largest supplier of bulk potable water in KwaZulu-Natal.

Past presidents of NUSAS[edit]



250 old boys died, and more than 2000 were injured in both World Wars. One Victoria Cross (VC), 27 Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFC), 21 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[edit]

RHODES SCHOLARS: John Nicolson 1920, Leif Egeland 1924, Geoffrey Smithers 1930, Tony Norton 1959, Rory Donnellan 1962, Peter De Villiers 1967, Alan Gelb 1969, Peter Sacks 1973, Bronek Masojeda 1985, Ross Garland 1997.



All represented South Africa except where noted:[a]

  • Greg Rawlinson, New Zealand – All Blacks, Position – Lock/second row.
  • Alistair Hargreaves, South Africa- Lock. Captained the SA U19 team that won the U19 World Cup in 2005. Captained Saracens in English Premiership .
  • BJ Botha. South Africa – Springboks, Position – Prop. World Cup Winner, Rugby World Cup 2007.Kloof High School also.
  • Antonie Claassen, France- flank/8th man. SA U19. Head Prefect. His father Wynand captained the Springboks.
  • Andrew Aitken, South Africa. Flanker and 8th man. The Springboks won all 7 internationals in which he played in 1997/8.
  • Neville 'Jacko' Tod, South Africa-wing(1928).
  • Graham 'Basher' Downes-USA Eagles. Position- prop.
  • Matt Alexander, USA. Scored 286 points for the USA at fly-half.
  • Guy Manson-Bishop, Lock/8th man. British Barbarians, South Africa XV, Sale and Leicester Tigers and Western Province. First XI cricket.
  • Garth Williamson. Natal scrum half in the team that drew 6-6 with the 1960 All Blacks and beat Australia 14-13 in 1963. Junior Springbok.
  • Alan Temple-Jones,bronze medal 2017 Rio Olympics(fitness trainer of the Blitzbokke). First XV.


  • Henri Schoeman. Bronze medal in 2016 Rio Olympics. Oakridge College also.
Surfing, swimming, lifesaving and canoeing[edit]
  • Shaun Tomson, 1977 IPS World Champion Surfer.
  • Travis Logie, 2002 ISA World Champion Surfer.
  • Jason Ribbink surfer. Ranked #2 longboard surfer in the world in 2001. Captain of the victorious SA team at the 2002 ISA World Games.
  • David Weare, international surfer. The All African Champion Surfer in 2004 and 2008.
  • Leandro Jorge. Swam for Mocambique in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
  • Byron Jeffers. Youngest swimmer to medal, aged 14, at the South African Senior Nationals. Represented SA at Commonwealth Youth Games in Scotland 2000.Three Africa age group records and eight British age group records.First Team All-American in 200m free relay, 2003/4.
  • Hank McGregor. Eight time world K-1 Marathon Champion and winner of 10 Berg River Canoe Marathons (raced over a distance of 240 kilometres).
  • Alan Burt, SA Lifesaving. School first XV rugby.
  • T.Scott, SA Lifesaving.
  • C.Murray, SA Lifesaving.
  • Guy Nothard, SA Lifesaving.
  • R Coetzee, SA Lifesaving.
  • T Dumas, SA Lifesaving.
  • B Edwards, SA Lifesaving.
  • Lester Kitto, SA Lifesaving. School first XV rugby.
  • M Hardaker. SA Lifesaving.
  • J Zwart, SA Lifesaving.
  • Michael Bolstridge, SA Swimming. Chosen to swim at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. The team was banned from participating.
  • G May, SA Swimming.
  • D Collopy, SA Water-polo and Lifesaving.
  • Colin Woodcock, SA Water-polo. Head Prefect and Natal School’s rugby.
  • Merlin Fredericks, SA Swimming.
  • Stephen Mulholland, SA Swimming and All American swimming champion.
  • Nic Wilson, SA Swimming, All Africa Games 2003, Afro Asian Games 2003 [1]
  • Vernon Kirby, SA Davis Cup. Runner-up 1931 and 1937 French Open, Men's Doubles. First XI cricket.
  • David Adams, SA Davis Cup. Won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
  • John Yuill, Professional tennis player. 1974 SA Davis Cup Team.
  • Victor Gauntlett, SA Tennis.
  • C J J Robbins, SA Tennis.
  • E Getaz, SA Tennis.
  • J Hendrie, SA Tennis.
  • Eric Dalton, SA Davis Cup. SA Cricket and Golf also.
Other Sports[edit]
  • Rory Donnellan, Rhodes Scholar. SA Equestrian. First XI cricket.
  • David Uniacke, SA Basketball.
  • Lt.J F Britz, Military Medal. SA Boxing.
  • Dr Garth Allardice, centre half, Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. First XV, School Athletics, Natal School's Football, Rugby and Athletics.
  • E J W Browne, SA Rowing.
  • Reneshan Naidoo, SA Badminton (2012) while still at school.
  • Dr Richard Venniker, silver medal in ICF Canoe Marathon Masters World Cup(2014).
  • Mike Sellick-SA Casting. First XV rugby.
  • Rupert Ellis-Brown, represented SA in sailing in 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games.
  • D Napier-SA Baseball.
  • J. Banks-SA Shooting.
  • Dave Hudson, yachtsman. Represented SA in the Admiral's Cup (1975), the Olympic Games (1992), the ISAF Games (1994) and in 14 World Championships between 1968 and 2009.
  • L.A. Evans-SA Yachting.
  • L.N. Horsfield- SA Yachting.
  • M. Statham, SA Yachting (1995, 1998, 1999)
  • Robin Lowe, centre half, Durban United and Addington football clubs. Killed in a motor accident in 1970. SA Footballer of the Year, 1966.
  • Johnny Sinclair, Durban United footballer(midfielder).
  • Louis Arde, Durban City captain. First XI cricket.
  • Gareth Irvine, Durban United goalkeeper. First XV rugby.
  • Eric Dalton-SA Golf, Tennis and Cricket.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Over 200 old boys have played provincial cricket in South Africa or county cricket in England.
  2. ^ a b c d e All five played in the Lords test match in 1960. Richards, Goddard, Irvine and Gamsy all played in the first two tests against Australia in 1969/70.
  1. ^ {{Cite web
    • Lt.Col A C Martin MC, Headmaster 1943-1952(German prisoner of war during the first two years of his appointment).
    Bill Payne-South Africa 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.
    • L.C.W. Theobald, Latin Master and school and SA School's cricket coach. Master-in-charge of cricket 1949-1967.Coached eight SA cricketers including Barry Richards, Lee Irvine, Hugh Tayfield and Trevor Goddard. First XI cricket.
    • Col A C Martin Headmaster. German prisoner of war for first two years of his appointment.
    • Bill Payne, Springbok rugby. Bill taught at the school from 1915-1953. Bill fought in both World Wars and was awarded the Military Medal while serving in the Western Desert in 1943.
    | title = NATAL SCHOOLS RUGBY OVERVIEW | author = | work = Schools Rugby Tribune | date = | accessdate = 2015-05-27 | url = | language = | quote = }}
  2. ^ "Radclyffe Cadman.". The Telegraph. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 

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