Leadership Overview

Leadership at DHS

Part of preparing our boys for life, is preparing them for leadership. DHS has a history of producing outstanding leaders in various field including Cabinet Minister Alec Erwin and a former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Gavyn Arthur. DHS is recognised as a top school in the country for producing South Africa’s leaders.

If there is any doubt about the ability of DHS to produce leaders both locally and internationally, a quick glance at the 20 pages on Wikipedia listing prominent DHS Old Boys will silence it. However, at Durban High School we are not satisfied with those 20 pages, we are committed to adding to those pages year by year. In our continued efforts to develop leaders for the 21st Century, we recognize that it will take a combination of valuing tradition and seeking innovation.

At DHS we believe that while it may not be possible to offer every boy a leadership position at the School, we can help every one of them grow in their leadership skills. The leadership programme at DHS therefore consists of a number of different initiatives.


Leadership Programme

  • School Prefectship
  • RCL (Representative Council of Learners)
  • Blackmore Prefectship
  • House Prefectship
  • Mentorship
  • Co-curricular Captains
  • Class Captains
  • Work Experience in Grade 11
  • Toastmasters in Grade 11
  • Drakensberg Hike in Grade 10
  • Outdoor Camps in Grades 8 & 9
  • Community Service

Some Notable Alumni

Sport: Hashim Amla, Lance Klusener, Barry Richards, Jon Kent, Lee Ervine, BJ Botha, Alistair Hargreaves, Greg Rawlinson, Antonie Claassen, Rory Sabbatini, Mike Cullen, Adrian Hansen, Hank McGregor, Jason Ribbink, David Weare
Politics: Sir Gavyn Arthur, Sir Albert Robinson, Alec Erwin
Academics: Sir Aaron Klug, Professor Phillip Tobias, Dr Ian Robertson, Dr John Bradford, Dr Nicholas Spaull
Nobel Prizes: Sir Aaron Klug, Professor Phillip Tobias (nominated three times)
Business: Stephen Saad, Christopher Seabrooke, Bronek Masojada, Dr Jonathan Beare, Howard Buttery, Pat Goss, Sizwe Nxedlana
Military: Major Edwin Swales (VC, DFC), S/Ldr Geoff Chater (DFC), Lt Guy Brokensha (DFC), Sgt Peter Keogh (MC)
Cultural: Roy Campbell, Fernando Pessoa, Noel Langley, Neil Coppen, Liam Magner (Veranda Panda).

Representative Council of Learners

The Representative Council of Learners is democratically elected by the learners of Durban High School. The formal election process is conducted in a free and fair manner. There are 20 members on the Council who hold various portfolios.

The election process has over the years been taken very seriously by the learners as they vote for responsible and dynamic leaders. The Council meets every Tuesday during 2nd break, unless an urgent need arises. They address various concerns of learners brought to their attention, as well as mapping out the way forward. These concerns are often referred to the various sub-committees to address.

Activities and decisions are made in the best interest of the learners at DHS. The Council members engage in the following activities:

  • Attending and engaging in Youth Forums
  • Attending Governing Body meetings
  • Ratifying exam time-tables and matters pertaining to learners
  • Encouraging learners to achieve academic excellence
  • Acknowledging and appreciating educator and non-educator staff
  • Encouraging appropriate conduct inside and outside the classroom
  • Engaging in charity activities
  • Initiating and setting up the Matric Dance Committee each year
  • Engaging in various activities to maintain DHS tradition
  • Making a positive contribution towards the School’s 150th celebrations in 2016
  • Fundraising and various initiatives to improve DHS infrastructure
  • The Maintenance Committee intends establishing a maintenance board to monitor the progress of infrastructure.

All Council initiatives are intended to make DHS a better place for the learners.

RCL 2016

RCL 2017

Chairman: Samkelo Ntetha
Vice Chairman: Matthew Henley
Secretary:  Donovan Adams
Treasurer:  Mvelo Novoh
Leadership:  Luthando Jojo
Culture:  Jeeva Sooriah, Senzo Lanagazane
Sport:  Ntando Mthembu
Academics:  Ashvir Debba
Discipline:  Sandile Nduzi
PR:  Lungelo Mkhize, Zakariya Adam
Staff Liaison:  Ethan Mack, Taine Owen
Maintenance BE: Donovan Adams
Maintenance School:  Katleho Ncala
Grade 8 Reps:  Mikail Kreuzer, Senazo Zituta
Grade 9 Reps:  Grant Khuzwayo, Adam Mohamed
Grade 10 Reps:  Taine Owen, Rogan Green
Grade 11 Reps:  Zakariya Adam, Jeeva Sooriah
Grade 12 Reps:  Ashvir Debba, Phendulani Buthelezi, Liam Green, Thomas Kempen
School Reps:  Jaydon Beru, Kamvelihle Fatyela, Tonderai Ndudzo

Mentorship Programme

Grade 11 and 12 boys are given the opportunity to mentor new boys to the school each year. New boys are helped to find their niche in the school through this established mentorship system.

Groups of 2 – 3 Grade 8 boys are assigned to a Grade 11 mentor, and grade 8 and 9 classes are each assigned a Grade 12 Senior Mentor. Many mentors have also been through Peer Advisor Core Training to ensure they are equipped to advise and mentor their peers.

The mentorship system has a number of very palpable benefits. Most importantly, every new boy to the school gets to have a “big brother” at DHS who can help him, guide him, and look out for him at school. This relationship benefits both parties: the junior has someone he can go to for help and advice at any time, and the senior can put into practice the leadership lessons of his past few years.

The boys get together for 20 minutes every Wednesday morning to discuss the current topic in the mentorship syllabus, and to deal with any other issues that come up. DHS shamelessly uses the mentorship syllabus to induct new boys into the ethos of our school. Some topics in the syllabus include: DHS traditions, respect, fairness, honesty and integrity, humility, courage, tolerance, empathy, bullying, peer pressure, goal setting, proper planning, work ethic, good manners and how to prepare for exams properly!

Mentors 2017

Durban High School Outreach/Community Service

Durban High School aims to instill a spirit of giving and social awareness in all our boys. In the light of this, DHS learners are required to complete a minimum of twelve community service hours per year. We would like to believe that our boys are making a tangible difference in their communities. A number of clubs and societies within the school run community service initiatives throughout the year where boys can engage. Typical initiatives would include: environmental clean-ups, blood drives, collection of sporting equipment for the under privileged, academic peer support, visiting and supporting orphanages/old age homes/schools for the disabled, fund raising for NPO’s, and feeding schemes.

Any donations or support is always welcomed. Please contact us if you would like to get involved or you can keep up to speed on what we do by following us on twitter @DHS_Outreach

Organisations DHS has supported include:

  • eQinisweni Primary School
  • Rugby Recycled
  • St Giles
  • Jess Foord Foundation
  • Feed the Babies
  • Durban Children’s Home
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Clouds of Hope Creche
  • Durban Beach Clean-ups
  • CHOC
  • Open Air School
  • POWA
  • Santa’s Shoe Box,
  • ECR Toy Story,
  • Winter Warmth
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