Durban High School and the DHS Foundation Trust were pleased to welcome Mr Louis Ardé as the CEO of the Foundation, effective 1 January 2017.
Mr Ardé joins the DHS Foundation to assist DHS in its pursuit of education excellence. He regards his appointment as a privilege and looks forward to the exciting challenges that will present themselves. When asked about his appointment to the Foundation, Mr Ardé replied: “As an Old Boy of the School, I am thrilled to be able to serve the Durban High School community and to assist the Foundation, Old Boys and Staff in their efforts to provide a school of excellence to the boys of DHS. Great strides have recently been made and we need to ensure this momentum continues.”
An all-round sportsman, Mr Ardé captained Natal, SA Universities and Eastern Province Currie Cup soccer teams as well as the national South African team. He received the State President’s Award for soccer in 1983. Mr Ardé also played rugby throughout his school days and represented Rhodes University during his tertiary education years.
On returning to Durban, he captained both the African Wanderers Football Club and Durban City Football Club in the National Professional Soccer League. Mr Ardé embarked on his career in education in 1984 and taught at Park View Primary and Morningside Primary School. In 1994, he was appointed as an H.O.D. at Chelsea Prep and Deputy Principal at Virginia in 1998. He became Principal of Parkview Senior Primary in 2001, changing the direction of the school in 2003 by renaming it Glenwood Preparatory School. He has for the past 16 years headed Glenwood Preparatory School with distinction.
Mr Ardé will be making a welcome return to his alma mater. Under his leadership, both DHS and the DHS Foundation will go from strength to strength.