“Founders Day is an extremely important day in the school calendar. It is a day when members of the Old Boys community meet to remember those who founded the school and who have developed the school into what it is today.”

The three days of celebrations to commemorate School’s 157th birthday were filled with events, reunions, camaraderie, reminiscing, laughter, excitement, pride, school songs and, of course, war cries. Plus, the cherry on top to round off a perfect long weekend, was some really great sport.

The DHS Foundation Trust hosted two separate Golf Days on Thursday and Friday, various Reunions, a Founders Assembly on Friday morning, the Bill Payn Fun 10km Run on Saturday morning and gatherings in the Memorial Courtyard before and after the Rugby.

The Founders Assembly was attended by some special guests:

Matt Lane and Dave Magner

Mr Dave Magner – former Head Master; an Old Boy himself he was attending his 50th Reunion;
Themba Ntetha – one of the longest serving staff members (44 years);
Sudeshan Reddy, Brinkworth Mokubung, Avishkar Sirkar – three of the eight Old Boys who were the first learners of colour to matriculate from DHS in 1993, they were attending their 30th Reunion;
Matt Lane – guest speaker at the Assembly and Head Boy of 2008, attending his 15th Reunion.

Reunions for the Classes of ’63, ’68, ’70, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08 and ’13 were held at School. In addition, multi-year reunions were held in New Zealand, Cape Town and London.

Saturday’s Rugby and Hockey capped off an incredible three days for the all Old Boys who attended. School was packed with supporters, both young and old, and the day will definitely go down as a Founders Day to be remembered.

Both the DHS 1st XV Rugby and 1st XI Hockey put in sensational performances on Founders Day, with both teams beating Kearsney. The DHS 1st XV winning 47-22 and the 1st XI winning 4-1. This ensured that both the 1st XV and 1st XI remain unbeaten at home for the year 2023 – the first year we have our brand-new AstroTurf.

It was definitely a Founders Day to remember for School against Kearsney. The results for both Rugby and Hockey were superb. Rugby played 16, won 13, lost 2 and drew 1. Hockey played 12, won 8, lost 3 and drew 1.

As is evident from the scores, a number of the games were extremely close, which speaks volumes to the effort and tenacity shown by Kearsney – as always. We thank them for being such great competitors and company for our 157th Founders Day.

To all our boys, players and coaches – congratulations on a great day.

Most importantly, thank you to all the DHS supporters and Old Boys for making the celebrations nothing short of memorable.

For a full set of Founders Day results refer to the Sports News on Page 7.
Or the DHS Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/DurbanHighSchool

For full write ups on the DHS Foundation events, and for photographs of all the events, refer to the Blog Posts on the DHS Foundation website:

https://www.dhsfoundation.co.za/
or their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/thedhsfoundation