Founders Day Celebrations

Durban High School at Founders

The Durban High School celebrated its 149th Birthday this month, with a week of events to mark the occasion.

On Wednesday all the Boys received a piece of birthday cake … a great way to start the celebrations.
The Founders Weekend commenced on Friday morning with a Special Assembly. DHS Old Boys were invited to attend and they and the Staff and Boys were witness to an inspirational and moving address by Scott Mathie (Class of 2000). The Assembly concluded with rousing renditions of the College Song and School Song by the boys, clearly touching the hearts of the Old Boys in attendance.
If you go to the Durban High School Facebook page you can watch the video … turn your volume up loud so you too can experience the goose bumps … the boys nearly raised the roof!!!
An Old Boys Golf Day was held on Friday. A rather blustery Royal Durban was the venue for the annual Dale McDermott Golf Day. Despite the inclement conditions, the full field of golfers applauded the organisers on a fantastic event. My gratitude to the Foundation Staff, Liz Foster and Candice Herbst, School Staff, Sharon Drew and Catrina Gray, but in particular, thank you to our Moms, Deanne Hamilton (who collected an astounding number of prizes), Tina Simpson and Debbie Vine.  The winners of the Golf were Mike Jordan, Butch Armitage, Jodie Martin and Tony Bouffé.
On Friday evening, the School resounded with the sounds of DHS Old Boys getting together, some of them for the first time in years.  A Reunion Cocktail party and Old Boys Dinner were held in the marquee.  The Guest of Honour, Lee Irvine, delivered a hugely inspiring and very pertinent address. Lee is certainly one of our all-time greats, and accordingly received a standing ovation following his speech.
On Saturday DHS played Rugby and Hockey vs Westville Boys’ High. Victories by both the U15A and U16A teams, together with a gutsy performance by our 1st XV, was reason for all DHS supporters to leave Van Heerden Field with a huge sense of pride. Furthermore, our boys displayed passion and energy second to none; they must also be complemented on their dress and manners – indeed a credit to their School. (All the results on page 4)
The Boys’ War Cry at half time was certainly memorable … spelling out DURBAN … HIGH … SCHOOL in full for the first time … watch their efforts on the video on Facebook …
The celebrations ended with the Sundowner Cocktail Party which was held in the AJ Human Room and to which all DHS supporters and Old Boys were invited.
Grateful thanks to Alan Norton and Liz Foster for all they did to ensure the smooth running of all the birthday events.
All in all, another memorable birthday marked … we looked forward to celebrating the BIG one next year … 150 years in 2016!!  We will be launching our 150th logo and planned birthday events early next term … watch this space!

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