Durban High School

Durban High School
255 St. Thomas Road, Musgrave

Coordinates29°50′40″S 30°59′52″E / 29.84444°S 30.99778°E / -29.84444; 30.99778
Other nameD.H.S.
TypeAll-boys public school
MottoDeo Fretus
(In God We Trust)
Established1866; 157 years ago (1866)
School districtDistrict 9
HeadmasterTony Pinheiro
Age14 to 19
Number of students900 boys
Schedule07:30 - 15:00
CampusUrban Campus
Campus typeSuburban
Houses  Campbell
Colour(s)  Blue
NewspaperThe Herald
Boarding housesBlackmore

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. Tony Pinheiro. It is the oldest standing school in Durban and one of the oldest in South Africa.


There are six houses:

Blackmore House has capacity for over 130 boys. The boys' needs are catered for by boarder masters, food provision and dormitories with a maximum of six 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 140 international sportsmen in sports ranging from rugby and cricket to golf, badminton, baseball, surfing and powerlifting. Countries represented include France, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Germany and the United States. 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[]






Past president of NUSAS[]



Arts and media[]

Rhodes Scholars[]


All international representatives unless indicated otherwise.


All represented South Africa except where noted:[a]

Surfing, swimming, lifesaving and canoeing[]
Other sports[]

Notes and references[]

  1. ^ Over 200 old boys have played provincial cricket in South Africa or county cricket in England.
  2. ^ a b c d 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. ^ "NATAL SCHOOLS RUGBY OVERVIEW". Schools Rugby Tribune. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ Radclyffe Cadman
  3. ^ Stephen Mulholland
  4. ^ Laurence Gandar
  5. ^ "World Press Freedom Hero". Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  6. ^ Michael Turner
  7. ^ Bertram Cooley
  8. ^ Dan Taylor
  9. ^ Springboks
  10. ^ Hank McGregor
  11. ^ Stephen Mulholland
  12. ^ Eric Dalton
  13. ^ Dave Hudson

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