Ms du Preez has been doing amazing things in the Archive Museum with the archive material. Please read her article below.
Ms du Preez’s next theme for the display in the museum, which changes on a regular basis, will feature teachers of Durban High School and will be entitled My Beloved Teacher.
If you have special memories, anecdotes, photos, anything of interest about DHS teachers that have influenced your life, made an impact or meant a great deal to you, please will you drop her a line.
Her email address is:
We look forward to seeing your contributions in the Museum soon!
When Mr Alan Norton took over as the Chairperson of the 150th Committee he felt that DHS with its rich past should proudly be made available to those who are interested. And so his brainwave was to start a museum in what was the old reception area that had become an under-utilised space. Minor alterations were effected and the area was ready for filling with memorabilia.
Themes had been decided upon and as far as possible these have been adhered to in the displays in the Museum, which change on a monthly basis. Displays are moved from the Museum to the Media Centre walk way and then later to the Hall foyer and then back to into the Archives. Some of these themes have been: our Centenary in 1966, Wars that our Old Boys fought in, Cricket and Swimming, an old Science and Biology Laboratory, Hockey, Basketball and Rugby, Drama and Music at DHS, and there are many more to come.
The many display areas around the School had been left unaltered for a number of years, and so they became targets to show off some new material. The aerial photographs of 150th formation on the field by the learners are currently on display in the cabinets in the Reception Area. The 150th Special Assembly activities are exhibited in the display cabinets on the way to the DC Thompson Hall.
The display area outside the Media Centre will permanently house the stained glass window which was saved when the Chapel was altered to become the Seabrooke’s Theatre. This window later formed part of the decor in The Dead Poets Society Café and when this venue changed to the Prefects room the window was discarded. Thankfully Mr Jean le Roux saw it in the refuse dump area and retrieved it. The window has been cleaned and secured by perspex to preserve it for prosperity.
Visitors are welcome to come to the Museum, have a browse around and sign the guest book. Alan Norton and Jeanette du Preez have keys.
Ms J du Preez