Founded in 1866, DHS is a traditional boys’ state school, steeped in history and tradition, and known for producing leaders in all walks of life. DHS began playing rugby in 1910 when Maritzburg College old boy AS Langley became headmaster and banned soccer, forcing all boys to play rugby. DHS has produced some notable rugby legends, including Skonk Nicholson and Springboks Neville Todd (1928), Andrew Aitken (1997), BJ Botha (2006) and Alistair Hargreaves (2009). 

Several players have represented other countries: Greg Rawlinson (New Zealand), Antonie Claassen (France), Graham Downes (USA), Matt Alexander (USA), Wynston Cameron-Dow (Germany) and Senzo Ngubane (Germany). Provincial players include Skonk Nicholson, Jody Jenneker, John Slade, Luzuko Vulindlu, Garth Williamson, Greg Hamilton, Anton Bresler, former DHS 1st XV coach Scott Mathie and, more recently, Phendulani Buthelezi, Celimpilo Gumede and Sanele Nohamba. We remain committed to our pursuit of excellence and strive to develop the future of South African Rugby.