Maritzburg College

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Maritzburg College
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Type Public, Boys
Motto Pro Aris et Focis
Established 1863
Locale Urban
Headmaster Mr CJ Luman (from April 2013)
Exam board KZN
Grades 8 - 12 (Forms 2 - 6)
Enrollment 1300
School colour(s) Red, Black and White

R 38 330 per annum (Tuition)

R 95 230 per annum (Tuition and Boarding)

Maritzburg College, known locally as College, is a public school for boys situated in the city of Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1863[1]:18 and is the oldest boys' high school in KwaZulu-Natal – as well as being one of the oldest schools in South Africa.[2] Today, it is attended by close to 1,300 students, of which approximately one third are boarders.[3]

Maritzburg College was ranked 12th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.[4]


Victorian Origins[edit]

Mr RD Clark (eighth from the right) poses with boys and colleagues shortly after taking occupation of the newly built "Main Building", 1888.

Maritzburg College was founded as the Pietermaritzburg High School in 1863, by Mr William Calder, in a carpenters shop in Langalibalele Street, to accommodate the influx of children arriving at the new city of Pietermaritzburg and its surrounding farmlands within the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. As the school swelled, "the best-trained [architect] in the Colony", PM Dudgeon,[5] was commissioned to design – on the then outskirts of the city – a larger classroom and boarding block, which was completed in 1888[1]:101 and later became known as 'Clark House', honouring the school's third headmaster, Mr RD Clark (MA (Oxon)), who is often referred to as ‘the Father of College’.[1]:174 Clark House is part of the heritage of Pietermaritzburg and carries the KwaZulu-Natal provincial heritage authorities seal certifying it as a heritage landmark.[1]:460 A similar honour was bestowed on the school's Victoria Hall,[1]:460 the building of which commenced in 1897 (Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee year) and which served as a British Army hospital from November 1899 until July 1900 during the Second Boer War.[1]:165–172


Since the school's foundation in 1863, the following 15 men have held the post of headmaster of Maritzburg College:

  • Calder, William (Edinburgh Training College), 1863-1867
  • Forder, James, BA (Cantab), 1868-1878
  • Clark, Robert D, MA (Oxon), 1879-1902
  • Barns, Ernest W ('Pixie'), MA (London), 1902-1925
  • Pape, Septimus W, MA (Oxon), 1926-1937
  • Snow, John H ('Froggy'), BA Hons (London), 1937-1941
  • Hudson, John W ('John-Willie'), BA (NUC), 1941-1953
  • Fuller, Raymond E ('Bones'), BA, 1954-1965 *
  • Commons, Hector J, MA (South Africa), 1966-1977 *
  • Olivier, Keith, BA UED (Natal), 1978-1985 *
  • Forde, R Dudley, MA (Natal), 1986-1992
  • Elliott, Kenneth P, BA BEd (Natal), 1992-2002 *
  • Pearson, Clive, BA UED (Rhodes), 2003-2005
  • Jury, D Ronald, BSc UED (Natal), 2006-2012

Luman, Christopher J, BA HDE (UCT) PGDip Sport Management (Massey), 2013-

  * Old Collegian

Prominent Members of Staff[edit]

The following men were renowned as schoolmasters at Maritzburg College in the first 100 years of its existence:

  • Rev John Dryden Stalker (Senior Assistant Master 1881-1902): Stalker was made Vice-Principal of the (then) High School under Mr RD Clark in 1881, and remained in that post until shortly after the departure of 'his beloved old chief' in 1902. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church, he is described as 'a strange spiky-looking man with a long, flowing beard'. Although he had none of RD Clark's bonhomie, being a somewhat 'hot-tempered and severe man', he was an English scholar of the first order, with a deep knowledge and love for the works of Shakespeare, from whose plays he could quote vast passages on demand.[1]:78–80
  • AS Langley (Senior Resident Master 1897-1909): As a schoolboy in England in the 1880s, Langley had come 'under the narcotic influence' of rugby,[6] and his admiration of athleticism was to henceforth be a hallmark of his vigorous, formidable personality. He captained and later coached the Maritzburg College First XV, and at the end of 1909 departed for the Durban High School, where he was to earn lasting fame as an iron-willed Head Master from 1910 to 1931.[6] His nickname, 'Madevu', came from the Zulu word for 'moustache'.[6]
  • William Abbit (Senior Resident Master 1902-1925): Known forever as 'Fluff', Abbit had shown himself to be a gifted mathematician at Cambridge University, where he had been the Second Wrangler of his year. His teaching 'was somewhat inspired by communion with Bacchus', and the stories of his escapades are part of the school's folklore. One of the school's favourite legends has it that his ghost still inhabits Clark House, where he lived for 23 years until shortly before his death in 1927.[1]:185–189
  • Robert Goldstone (staff 1909-1939, Games Master): A New Zealander by birth, Goldstone served in the Second Boer War. An amiable, kindly man, somewhat given in his later years to dozing off in class, Goldstone’s first love was the military band. The school's primary sports field was named in his honour.[1]:280
  • Sholto Erroll Lamond (staff 1911-1950, Vice-Principal 1924-1950): An Old Collegian, Lamond had a 48-year association with the school that started when he arrived at the school as an 11-year-old schoolboy in 1902.[1]:312[a] He was dux of College in 1908 and 1909, and, apart from a short break in 1926 at the Durban High School (which he memorably referred to as his 'locust years'), he taught at the school until 1950. He knew generations of schoolboys by name, and often amazed everyone by being able to give a detailed account of a boy’s history at College.[1]:279–280
  • Charles Carpenter (Vice-Principal 1926-1934): When Pape was appointed headmaster in 1925, he insisted that Carpenter be brought in as the Vice-Principal from the Durban High School to help him restore discipline. Most of the boys were terrified of both men, who were both infamously fond of the rod. As is memorably described in the school's official history, 'if they had been asked to describe him, most of his pupils might well have dubbed him 'The Iron Schoolmaster'... [The] boys avoided the main staircase leading up past his rooms, in much the same way as the footman probably avoided the precincts of Ivan the Terrible. An ill-advised cough uttered outside of Carpenter’s den could lead to that gentleman asking the offender to step inside and sample one of the seven canes he kept in his study and Carpenter was not in the habit of wasting his time with less than six cuts.'[1]:252
  • RW Kent (staff 1926-1957, Vice-Principal 1950-1957): An Englishman who had served in the trenches in World War I, Kent was known to generations of Collegians as 'Tiger'. Cricket and, to a lesser degree, athletics, were his great passions, and he coached the 1st XI (cricket) from 1927-1956, in that time producing five national and 26 provincial players, and 54 provincial schools' caps. The Kent Pavilion, which overlooks the school's main sports ground, was named in his honour.[1]:254–255[7]
  • Max Castle (staff 1946-1979, Vice-Principal): Castle had been a schoolboy at College under Septimus Pape. An excellent teacher, he was renowned for his explosive temper. According to a schoolboy legend, Max had sustained a war injury which required the fitting of a metal plate in his head. Hot weather, it was rumoured, caused this plate to expand with devastating consequences.[1]:344
  • Zablon Kwela (staff 1948-1976, senior groundsman): Kwela was a legendary supporter of the school's First XV (rugby). He became a fixture at rugby games with his cries of 'Liya shoni langa, College!' ('The sun is setting, College!') and 'Ekhaya!' ('It's home-time!') echoing across the field. He certainly did not stint giving advice on the players and the game plan to the coach, Skonk Nicholson, and he was known to place the odd bet on the outcome of matches.[8]
  • Bryan 'Voerie' Bates (staff 1957-1979, Vice-Principal): An old boy of the school, Bates was a stickler for good manners. Any boy who failed to greet a staff member in the approved manner was likely to find himself spending his entire break outside the only entrance to the staff room raising his boater (known at the school as a 'basher') on high to every teacher who came past.[8]
  • James Mervyn "Skonk" Nicholson (staff 1948-1982, Vice-Principal): A dedicated geography teacher - while being a DHS old boy - he was the 1st XV rugby coach for most of his tenure, coaching 14 unbeaten 1st XV sides and firmly establishing College as one of South Africa's premier rugby schools.[8]

School Crest[edit]

Badge of the Maritzburg College Old Boys' Association, which was founded in 1897

The school crest is a red shield with a crossed carbine and assegai (a traditional Zulu weapon), over the Latin scroll bearing Pro Aris et Focis (For Hearth and Home).

The College colours of red, black and white were first introduced in 1891 by the captain of the school's football team, EJ Holgate.[1]:148 A short while later, Mr RD Clark instituted the school motto (derived from the Latin inscription he composed for the Colonial War Memorial, now in the foyer of Clark House) and the badge of carbine-and-assegai, both of which were initially connected more with the school’s Old Boys' Association than the school.[1]:148 An ardent Victorian, Mr Clark was especially proud that so many of his young school’s sons had perished in the valiant struggle 'for hearth and home' (the motto) – hence the school's martial insignia too.[9]

Debate has taken place as to why Holgate chose the combination of red, black and white for the school's colours. A popular belief is that they highlight the various skirmishes, battles and wars between the British and the Zulu that took place in the late 19th century, with the colours representing the warring parties (white and black) and the blood that was shed between them (red).[1]:147–148 As recently as 2005, this issue had not been conclusively settled by the school's Archives Committee.[10]

As of 2015, Maritzburg College adopted a different school badge. The elements and meaning of the badge remained unchanged, with only subtle aesthetic changes made. This includes the incorporation of a wreath around the badge, making the badge wider and adding "Est. 1863" beneath it.

Mr RD Clark (MA (Oxon)) – 'the Father of Maritzburg College'


Although Maritzburg College had been a boarding school since its foundation in 1863, the school's system of sports Houses was only introduced in 1902. Initially, a system of four Houses was introduced, with a fifth House – Nathan House – being introduced in 1910.[1]:182 The old house system of five sporting houses was replaced in 2014 with ten new houses. The old houses were as follows:

  • Clark's, named after the third headmaster, RD Clark (headmaster 1879-1902)
  • Stalker's, named after Clark's long-serving senior assistant master, Rev John D Stalker (staff 1881-1902)[1]:488
  • Langley's, named after Stalker's successor, AS 'Madevu' Langley (staff 1897-1909)[1]:488
  • Oxland's, named after an early Games Master at the school, Mr W Oxland (staff 1901-1908)[1]:488
  • Sir Matthew Nathan House – or simply Nathan's – after the last governor of Natal, Sir Matthew Nathan[1]:199

As of January 2014, the school's existing system of five sports Houses and, in fact, the overall alignment of the school (which was a vertical one), was replaced with ten new Houses and a more horizontal alignment that stresses integration, mentoring and participation.[11]

The Houses are now as follows:

  • Calder's, named after the first headmaster, William Calder
  • Forder's, named after the second headmaster, James Forder
  • Barns', named after the fourth headmaster, Ernest Barns
  • Pape's, named after the fifth headmaster, Septimus Pape
  • Snow's, named after the sixth headmaster, John Snow
  • Fuller's, named after the eighth headmaster, Raymond Fuller
  • Commons', named after the ninth headmaster, Hector Commons
  • Lamond's, named after former Vice Principal, SE Lamond (staff 1911-1950)
  • Nicholson's, named after former Deputy Headmaster and distinguished rugby coach, JM Skonk Nicholson (staff 1944-1982)
  • Strachan's, named after former Deputy Headmaster, JR 'Cabbage' Strachan (staff 1952-1978)[12]

The system of sporting Houses is not to be confused with the school's boarding Houses. To begin with, the sporting and boarding Houses were linked, with the boarders being allocated to Clark's sporting House and Langley's (and later Nathan's), and the dayboys to Stalker's and Oxland's. However, since the headmastership of Mr Snow (headmaster 1937-1941), all boys have been allocated randomly to the sports Houses.[1]:281–282 Thus, a boarder in, say, the Clark House boarding establishment might find himself in Oxland's sporting House.

The school's four boarding Houses are:

  • Nathan House: opened in 1910 and the home of the school's approximately 75 grade 8 (Form 2) boarders
  • Clark House: home to about 120 boys in Forms 3-5
  • Hudson House: opened in 1958 and home to about 130 boys in Forms 3-5
  • Elliot House: opened in 1998 and home to the Form 6 boarders (originally called College house until 2013)

A fifth House, Shepstone House, was purchased from the Shepstone family on behalf of the school in 1919 and was used for many years as the school's sanatorium.[1]:199 Since early 2013, it has been used to house the school's full-time counselor and her family.

Privileges, Traditions and Discipline[edit]

One of the school's distinct features is its hierarchical system, which is underpinned by a long-established set of privileges and duties. The most well-known duties include 'team-testing' (the rote-learning of school teams etc. by juniors), 'running' (the carrying out of any errands by Form 2 boys for prefects), 'fagging' (a watered-down version of the old Victorian custom) and 'waiting-at-doors'. School traditions include the wearing by all boys of straw boaters (known as bashers), which are hurled into the air at First XV rugby matches, and the saying of the word 'please' when a junior is addressing a senior boy. Because of its possibly contentious nature, the hierarchical system of privileges that underpins the school's ethos is monitored by staff, hostel masters and senior prefects.[13] College's structure of traditions and concepts date back to similar styles found in traditional British boarding schools, and it is perhaps one of the few schools in South Africa where this structure is retained to something like its original extent.

School Song[edit]

As of October 2013 the school has its own song, The College Anthem, composed by Ryan Hosking (Head Prefect 2011), Jesse Filaferro (Head Prefect 2012) and Miss Ann McLoughlin (staff 1981-2013). The lyrics of the song are as follows:

Through these walls, the strength that binds us Men of courage, men of pride. Passion shared that always finds us, Bound as brothers, side by side.

Our field of gold, time and again, Ignites our hearts, both boys and men. And we'll return from whence we roam, For the glory, for hearth and home.

Through our cries, our prayers, our laughter, Stories told for all to hear. Standing tall, both here and after, Our guide and crest, our shield and spear.

Our field of gold, time and again, Ignites our hearts, both boys and men. And we'll return from whence we roam For the glory, for hearth and home.


The first inter-schools cricket and rugby matches were both played against the Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, on 6 October 1870, with the old Pietermaritzburg High School (now Maritzburg College) winning both fixtures. The cricket match was played in the morning on the Camp Grounds and the rugby match was played in the afternoon on the Pietermaritzburg market square.[1]:52–53

Maritzburg College offers a wide variety of sports, including rugby, cricket, canoeing, hockey, athletics, swimming, water polo, tennis, shooting, soccer, basketball, cross-country, squash and golf.[14]

The school has fixtures against its rival schools such as Durban High School (founded in 1866), Glenwood High School and Westville Boys' High School in and around Durban, and the local private schools, Michaelhouse, Hilton College and Kearsney College. Records show College to be the strongest sporting school in the province in sports such as rugby, cricket, canoeing, polo, polocrosse and hockey.[1]:475, 478 & 482

The Victoria Hall. The building was completed in 1899 and was used as a military hospital by the British authorities during the Boer War

The school's search for greater sporting competition has taken it beyond the province's borders, and each year in winter it has derby days against Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (known as 'Affies'), Pretoria Boys High School in Pretoria, King Edward VII School (Johannesburg) (known as 'KES') and from 2014 Grey College, in which about 700 College boys take part.[14]

From 1944 until 1982, the school enjoyed the services of the noted geography master and schoolboy rugby coach, the late Mr Skonk Nicholson, whose name is iconic with Maritzburg College and schoolboy rugby, and who is well respected in the South African rugby community as having nurtured many Collegians to national and international sporting fame. In his 35 seasons in charge of the First XV (rugby), his teams established a playing record of Played 504, Won 403, Drew 49 and Lost 52.[15]

Amongst its many notable Old Boys (known as Old Collegians), it can count (as at October 2013) 240 sporting internationals,[16] including 27 Old Collegians who have captained South African national sides[17] and one, Kevin Pietersen, who has captained the England cricket team.[18] Four Old Collegians attended the 2004 Olympic Games, with Darian Townsend winning a gold medal as part of the world record-setting SA 4 x 100 freestyle team, and Donovan Cech winning a bronze medal in the rowing; six attended the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and four attended the 2012 Olympics in London.[19]

Saturdays during the summer months can often yield 30 cricket teams (an under 14P XI has occasionally been produced), and up to 28 rugby teams and 18 hockey teams during winter.[14]

Notable Old Collegians[edit]


Maritzburg College has produced many Old Boys who have distinguished themselves. Amongst its former scholars it can count 11 South African senators, six generals, two admirals, a Commissioner of Police, eight Officers Commanding of the Natal Carbineers, arguably South Africa's pre-eminent English author, two Chancellors of the University of Natal, three Directors of Education, two bishops, a Chief Justice, 10 judges, three Attorneys-General, and 23 Rhodes scholars.[b]

As already mentioned, College has produced locally and internationally acclaimed sportsmen, with a tally of 240 to date, and as such is amongst the most produced by a single South African school.[c] Amongst that number are a former Mr USA (bodybuilding), 27 SA captains, 2 overseas captains, 10 captains of polo alone, 6 2008 Olympians, 4 2012 Olympians, and the "man who won the 2005 Ashes" for England, Kevin Pietersen.[18] The school's most recent international sportsman is current Grade 11 pupil, Byron Watson, who in August 2013 earned selection for the South African men's polo team against Chile, in doing so becoming the youngest SA polo international in history.[20] In addition to its 240 international sportsmen, a further 20 Old Collegians have officated at an international level in sport - including Rugby World Cup rugby referee Craig Joubert, former Test (cricket) umpire Dave Orchard, current Namibian cricket coach Doug Watson and former Sri Lankan cricket coach Graham Ford.

Roll of Honour[edit]

The school's Roll of Honour lists the names of 261 former scholars (as at October 2013) who have given their lives in wars since the first Old Collegian casualty fell in 1873 (1863 foundation scholar, Trooper Robert Erskine, who was killed in a skirmish with the Hlubi at Bushman's River Pass).[21] All of their names are displayed on College's numerous war memorials and honours boards, including precisely 100 on the First World War Memorial in front of Clark House and 129 on the honours board in the school chapel that records the names of Old Collegians who died in the Second World War. The most Old Collegians killed in a single action is seven – in 1879, at the famous battle of Isandhlwana (at which over 1,300 British and colonial troops were slaughtered by the Zulus during the Zulu War – a memorial in honour of those fallen Old Boys was unveiled on the battlefield in 1969, on the 90th anniversary of that battle);[1]:395 during the Battle of Delville Wood, which was fought on 14–20 July 1916; and at Gelib in Italian Somaliland in 1941, during the infamous 'White Flag Incident' that claimed the lives of 13 Royal Natal Carbineers.[22] Old Collegians have also earned a considerable tally of decorations and awards, especially during the two World Wars – the most recent award being the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded in 2012 to Fl Lt LD Flemington, RAF.[23]

List of notable Old Collegians (selected) (by year of matriculation)[edit]

  • 1865: Kenneth Hathorn, judge
  • 1870: Sir Henry Bale (dux) KC KCMC Colony of Natal cabinet minister and Chief Justice
  • c. 1874: Lt-Col Henry Nourse, founder of Nourse Mines, founder of Nourse’s Horse, first president of SA Amateur Athletic & Cycling Association, member of International Olympic Committee, first chairman of SA Olympic Committee, president of SA Lawn Tennis Association
  • 1882: T Cochrane, South African senator
  • 1884: Maj-Gen WEC Tanner, Chief of Staff of Union of South Africa Defence Force (UDF) and battlefield commander at the Battle of Delville Wood (1916)
  • 1886: John Herschensohnn, Provincial Secretary (Natal)
  • 1892: Percy Taylor OBE, South African senator
  • 1893: Lt-Col Bertram Nicholson CBE DSO MC Resident Commissioner: Swaziland, Officer Commanding: Imperial Light Horse (Swaziland Troop)
  • 1895: Henry Hosking, South African senator
  • 1895: Dr Charles Loram, Director of Education (Natal), founder of SA Institute of Race Relations, Professor of Education: Yale University
  • 1898: Peter von M Anderson, President South African Chamber of Mines, Chairman Union Mining Corp
  • 1902: Walter E Thrash, South African senator, MPC, Judge President of Natal
  • 1906: TB Horwood, judge, Rhodes Scholar
  • 1907: Ryle Masson, judge
  • 1907: A Radford, South African senator
  • 1908: Joseph Brokensha, judge
  • 1909: Dr Reginald Banks, Director of Education (Natal)
  • 1910: HSK Simpson, South African senator
  • 1910: C 'Bill' Payn MM, South African national rugby player, multi-talented provincial sportsman (five sports), renowned as the 'Man who ran the 1922 Comrades Marathon in his rugby boots', holder of the MM
  • c. 1902: HG 'Nummy' Deane, captain of South African national cricket team
  • 1910: Col Dr Oswald Shearer, South African senator
  • 1911: Prof Edgar Brookes, South African senator, South African representative to the League of Nations
  • 1911: Dr George Campbell, Chancellor: University of Natal
  • 1913: Herbert Cleverly, judge (Nigeria)
  • 1914: FR Shaw, judge
  • 1915: JJ Boshoff, South African senator
  • 1915: Capt CW Byas RN, OBE, commander of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen
  • 1918: Alan Paton, author of Cry, the Beloved Country and political activist
  • 1921: Philip J. Nel (head prefect), captain of 'the Greatest Springboks' of 1937 - the only South African national rugby team to have won a test series against the All Blacks in New Zealand
  • 1924: Capt J Lloyd, commodore: Safmarine fleet
  • 1925: Dr Bernard Armitage, Chancellor: University of Natal
  • 1926: PE Pakendorf, Bishop Berlin Missionary Society
  • 1927: Kenneth Pakendorf, ambassador to Japan
  • 1930: Hubert Freakes, Rhodes scholar, England national rugby union team player (killed while serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II)
  • 1935: Dr Solly Levinsohn (dux), Director of Education (Natal)
  • 1935: Howard Odell, South African senator
  • 1936: Lt-Gen Keith Coster, OBE, General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Rhodesian Army, Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of South Africa
  • 1937: Brigadier Sydney Bristow (head prefect), Commissioner of the British South Africa Police (BSAP), Legion of Merit (Rhodesia)
  • 1938: Lt-Gen Bob Rogers,DSO DFC DSO, South African national shottist whilst still at school
  • 1938: EAT Smith, judge, Attorney-General (Rhodesia), Grand Officer of the Legion of Merit
  • 1938: GNT Charlton, Woltemade Cross for Bravery (gold)
  • 1938: Dr ND Clarence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal: University of Natal
  • 1941: Dr Raymond Adie, OBE, Polar scientist, winner: Polar Medal and Fuchs Medal
  • c. 1941: Harold Strachan, liberation struggle bomber
  • 1943: H du P Wilmot, President of the Associated Chamber of Commerce of South Africa (ASSOCOM)
  • 1945: Cuan McCarthy, fast-bowler in South African national cricket side
  • 1948: Dr Ivan Hattingh, director of the World Wildlife Fund
  • 1948: DJ Jackie McGlew, captain of South African national cricket team
  • 1950: Rear-Adm Paul Wijnberg,[24] OC of Natal Naval Command, South African Navy[25]
  • c. 1950: Fawcett Bestall, captain of South African national hockey team
  • 1950: Brian Irvine (head prefect), captain of Junior Springboks rugby team, President of the Natal Rugby Union
  • 1951: Dr Julian Biebuyck, Professor of Medicine (anaesthesia) at Harvard Medical School
  • 1951: Spencer Sterling, President of the SA Chamber of Business, Chairman of the SA Motor Corp
  • 1951: Rt Revd Michael Nuttall, Bishop of Natal, Elsie Ballot Scholar (University of Cambridge)
  • 1951: Graham Sweeney, President of Dow Chemicals (Canada)
  • 1952: Neil Chapman (Dux), Head of Music South African Broadcasting Corporation
  • 1952: Keith Oxlee, vice-captain of the South African national rugby team
  • 1952: Clive Gray Halse, fast bowler for South African national cricket team
  • 1952: Jim Watson, captain of South African national polo team, awarded SA Sports Merit Award
  • 1952: Tut Marwick (1952), captain of South African national swimming team
  • 1955: Cedric Savage, Chairman of the Tongaat Hulett Group, President of the SA Chamber of Business, captain of South African national water polo team
  • 1953: Dr Malcolm Forsyth, composer, Order of Canada
  • 1953: A Saulez, MD of Grinakers
  • 1954: Oliver Hart, President of the Association of Law Societies of South Africa
  • 1955: Terence Craig, captain of South African national polo team
  • 1956: Brian Edwards, MEC, captain and coach of South African national hockey team
  • c. 1956: Robert Pickering, captain of South African national polo team
  • 1957: James H. McClure, author
  • 1958: Peter Miller, MPC, MEC, cabinet minister: KZN
  • 1959: Bruce Mackenzie, CEO of Philips SA
  • 1960: Donald George MacLeod, Managing Director Illovo Sugar, Natal cricketer, President: Natal Cricket Union
  • 1961: Julian Herman, concertmaster: Amsterdam Concertgebouw
  • 1961: ML McLachlan, Rhodes Scholar, SA swimming international
  • 1963: Brig-Gen Peter 'Monster' Wilkins, GOC: Southern Air Command, South African Air Force
  • 1963: David Ryder, captain of South African national hockey team
  • 1964: Maj-Gen Ian Deetlefs SSAS PG SM JCD, Chief of Defence Reserves, South African National Defence Force
  • 1966: Rear-Admiral Steven Stead, Chief of Naval Staff operations, South African Navy
  • 1967: Paul Harris (head prefect), co-founder and CEO of Rand Merchant Bank Limited and CEO of FirstRand Bank Limited
  • 1967: Kevin Swain, judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal[26]
  • 1969: Duncan Hindle, Director-General (Education)
  • 1969: Maj-Gen Hugh Paine, Chief Director of Force Preparation, South African Air Force
  • 1969: Graham Mackenzie, Member of Parliament (Congress of the People Party), President of the Sharks (rugby union) (2012)
  • 1970: Darryl Bestall (head prefect), captain of South African national hockey team and South African cricketer (SA XI)
  • 1975: Ian Rogers (1975), international rugby referee
  • 1975: Andre Bredenkamp, mountaineer, climber of the seven summits, two-time conqueror of Mount Everest, South Africa's Chief Boy Scouts Commissioner
  • 1975: Clint Rafferty, captain of South African national shooting team
  • 1977: Allan Olivier, CEO of Grindrod Limited
  • 1978: Gary Strydom, Mr USA, bodybuilding
  • 1978: Graham Ford, coach of the South African national cricket team
  • 1979: Craig Jamieson (head prefect), the first Natal rugby captain to lift the Currie Cup (1990), 1995 Rugby World Cup Tournament manager
  • 1979: MJ English, captain of South African national fishing team
  • c. 1980: Clark Rattray, captain of South African national polo team
  • 1981: Donovan English, captain of South African national polocrosse team
  • 1981: Clive Cole, captain of South African national polo team
  • 1982: Chris Frost, winner of the 2010 Cape to Rio Yacht Race
  • 1982: Sean O’Sullivan, captain of South African national polocrosse team
  • 1983: Bruce 'Buster' Mackenzie, captain of South African national polo team
  • 1983: Michael Brown, CEO of Nedbank Limited
  • 1985: Craig Egberink, winner of the 2011 Mongol Derby
  • 1985: Joel Stransky, South African national rugby player
  • 1987: Jonty Rhodes (head prefect), South African national cricket player
  • 1987: Wilhelmus 'Wim' Visser, Italian national rugby player, and member of the first Italian team to win a Six Nations Championship match (vs Scotland)
  • 1988: Selby Williamson, captain of South African national polo team
  • 1991: Donovan Cech, South African national rower, bronze medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games
  • 1993: Brendon Dedekind, captain of South African national swimming team
  • 1995: Craig Joubert, international rugby referee who officiated in the final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup
  • 1995: Pieter Dixon, South African national rugby player
  • c. 1996: Steven Evans, captain of South African national indoor hockey team
  • c. 1997: Stewart 'Sugar' Erskine, captain of South African national polo team
  • 1997: Shaun Morgan, lead singer and guitar player of the band Seether
  • 1997: Kevin Pietersen MBE, captain of the England cricket team
  • 1997: Butch James, South African national rugby player
  • 1998: Chad Erskine, USA national rugby player
  • c. 2000: Sean Jackson, captain of South African national hockey team
  • 2002: Peter Grant, South African national rugby player
  • 2002: Darian Townsend, Olympic gold medallist in Athens, 2004 – member of the 4x100m freestyle world record relay team
  • c. 2006: Wade Paton, captain of South African national hockey team
  • 2007: David Miller, South African national cricket player
  • 2013: Jesse Kriel, South African national rugby player


  1. ^ As an aside, his first name is sometimes erroneously given as Shafto - this was his brother's name.
  2. ^ The list and details of notable Old Collegians are recorded and maintained by the Maritzburg College Archives, and the school's Archives Committee meets quarterly. The school's archivist is Mrs H Ridley, MA.
  3. ^ It is difficult to verify the popular claim that Maritzburg College has produced the most out of all schools in South Africa, but informal enquiries by a member of the school's Archives Committee at notable schools such as Grey College, King Edward VII School, Pretoria Boys High School and the Diocesan College (Bishops) confirm that Maritzburg College's tally was, as at April 2013, higher than the totals of the schools mentioned.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa Haw, Simon (1988). For hearth and home : the story of Maritzburg College, 1863-1988 (1st ed.). Pietermaritzburg: M.C. Publications. ISBN 9780620130868. OCLC 38771242. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Historic Schools of South Africa", Hawthorne, P, and Bristow, B, Pachyderm Press cc, 1993
  3. ^ Maritzburg College school magazine 2011, Marwick, M (Ed.), Intrepid Printers, 2012
  4. ^ "top20highschools". Africa Almanac. Africa Almanac. 1 October 2003. Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2016. The research leading up to the publication of the 100 Best High Schools in Africa began with the launching of the website in December 2000. 
  5. ^ for a biography of Philip Maurice Dudgeon, see
  6. ^ a b c "Skonk Nicholson Remembers Mr Langley", Maritzburg College Archives, 2010
  7. ^ "Tribute to Mr Ronnie Kent" 1957, Maritzburg College Archives
  8. ^ a b c Contents of a board in the school museum titled "College Characters", commissioned in September 2013
  9. ^ Draft text for the new Maritzburg College Museum, July 2012, as composed by the Maritzburg College Archives (ref: M Marwick)
  10. ^ see Minutes of the Maritzburg College Archives Committee meeting, October 2005
  11. ^ Minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee of Maritzburg College, 13 June 2013
  12. ^ Records of the Maritzburg College Archives, September 2013
  13. ^ "Form 2 Nathan House Privileges (Summary)", dated March 2012, as contained in the Maritzburg College Archives
  14. ^ a b c "Maritzburg College school magazine 2011, Marwick, M (Ed.), Intrepid Printers, 2012
  15. ^ "Jimeloyo-Ji! A History of the Maritzburg College First XV", Nicholson, JM, and Wiblin, AJ, MC Publications, 1990
  16. ^ Minutes of the meeting of the Maritzburg College Archives Committee, 13 February 2013
  17. ^ "Maritzburg College's International Sports Captains", document maintained by the Maritzburg College Archives, July 2012
  18. ^ a b "England / Players / Kevin Pietersen". Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  19. ^ as verified by records maintained by the Maritzburg College Archives and regularly referred to in various school and Old Boy publications. See for example "The College Old Boy", no 28, January 2011, Marwick, M (Ed.)
  20. ^ 'National Colours for College Pupils', The Witness, 27 August 2013
  21. ^ "Pro Patria, Another 50 Natal Carbineer Years 1945 to 1995", Coghlan, M, Teeanem Printers, 2000, at p5-6
  22. ^ Dovey, John. "SA Roll of Honour Database". Just Done Productions Publishing. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Rondganger, Lee (14 May 2012). "SA-born military pilot gets UK bravery award". Independent Online. Daily News. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Maritzburg College: Military". Maritzburg College. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "Paul Alexander Wijnberg". S.A.T.S. General Botha Old Boys Association. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  26. ^ Business Day article titled "JSC recommends judges for Supreme Court of Appeal", 9 April 2014

External links[edit]