Northwood School (Durban North, South Africa)

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Northwood School
Nwood badge.PNG
MottoQuisque Sibi Verus
LocaleSuburban KZN
HeadmasterPaul Viljoen
Grades8 - 12
Number of students1200
School color(s)Blue and Silver
MascotJchamp The Knight

Northwood School is a high school in the coastal city of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Each learner must study English First Language and either Afrikaans or Zulu First Additional Language, and Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.

Northwood has many sporting facilities, maintained by a dedicated estates manager. These include many rugby union, soccer and cricket fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, two rock climbing walls and a number of other specialised sporting centres.


Northwood traces its origins back to the founding of the co-educational Durban North High School on the site of the present Northlands Girls’ High in September 1949. It started with 12 staff members and 215 pupils under Headmaster, Mr George J. Armstrong. By 1951, numbers had grown so rapidly that it was decided to build a second high school in Durban North, and split the existing school into a boys’ school and a girls’ school.

On 30 September 1953, the boys marched out of the gates of the old campus to the present Northwood campus in Kensington Drive. Northlands Boys’ High School opened with 338 boys and 17 staff members, under Mr Percy Hardaker (1953 – 1962) and thereafter Mr Mc Farquar (1963 – 1974). Numbers continued to grow, requiring the building of yet another boys’ school in the area.

The new Beachwood Boys’ High School opened in Gleneagles Drive in 1963 with 135 boys and 7 staff members under Headmaster Mr E.T. (Ted) Lewis. Other headmasters at Beachwood were HM Puzey, KL Tomlinson, MJ Ellis and CW Thorpe.

At the end of 1971, Mr. Lewis retired from Beachwood and was succeeded by Mr. A.J.M. Wilkinson. In 1975, he became Headmaster of Northlands Boys’ High. The thaw in the relationship between the two schools had begun, but rivalry continued. During 1989 it was proposed that, for economic reasons, the two boys’ schools in Durban North merge to form a single school. In 1990 Beachwood and Northlands merged to form Northwood. It was possible, with an adjustment of colours, to merge the school badges and retain both mottoes. Ian Corbishley was made Headmaster of the combined school until 1996, when Dr P. Hawkey acted as Headmaster until Mr A.P. Jordan succeeded him during 1998. Upon the retirement of Mr. Jordan at the end of 2012, Mr. P.L. McAvoy took up the reins of office in 2013.

The two school mottos “Acquit Ye like Men” (Behave like Men) and “Quisque Sibi Verus” (Be True to Yourself) remind Northwood learners to become men who are true to themselves, while at the same time upholding the values of chivalry.

Notable Old Boys[edit]

John Ellis of Tree63 (Northwood Old Boy) accepting an award from The Knights


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