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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Ian Poole  1/7
•   John Bartlett  23/6
•   Allan Wilkinson (Ex DHS Teacher)  20/6
•   Richard Bell  19/6
•   Stuart Clark (Class Of 1963)  17/6
•   David Douglas  8/6
•   Andre Blond (Class Of 1962)  30/4
•   Lee Irvine  10/4
•   John Thompson  9/4
•   Anthony Crosby  8/3
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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in California (USA)
1 lives in Florida (USA)
1 lives in New Hampshire (USA)
2 live in New York (USA)
1 lives in Pennsylvania (USA)
1 lives in Washington (USA)
1 lives in British Columbia (Canada)
1 lives in New Brunswick (Canada)
4 live in Ontario (Canada)
5 live in Eastern Cape
22 live in Gauteng
57 live in KwaZulu-Natal
23 live in Western Cape
7 live in USA
6 live in Canada
13 live in Australia
1 lives in Brazil
1 lives in France
1 lives in Norway
108 live in South Africa
1 lives in Spain
19 live in United Kingdom
8 location unknown

 

The great hills of the south country
They stand along the sea
And it's there walking the high woods
That I would wish to be
With the men that were boys when I was a boy
Walking along with me.
 
                         -- Hillaire Belloc
 
 

Welcome to the website for the Durban High School Class of 1958-1961! Membership is open to all who were with us in 3rd form in 1958 or joined us at any time up to 6th form in 1961. 

There are now six brother websites from around our time at DHS:

www.dhs-class-of-1960.net
www.durbanhighschoolclassof1963.com
www.dhsclassof1964.com
www.classcreator.com/Durban-South-Africa-1965
www.dhs-class-of-1966.com
www.dhsclassof1968.com
 
Please contact the respective administrators if you would like to get in touch with friends from these years, or if you would like to request a guest membership on these websites.   We also accept guest members from other years at DHS.
 
DHS has a website that offers various information and news about the school: www.durbanhighschool.co.za.  
The DHS Foundation provides financial and other support to the school: www.dhsfoundation.co.za
There is also a Face Book page for the school: www.facebook.com/DurbanHighSchool

 

 

                            ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

                    POSTPONEMENT OF 60 YEAR REUNION

We regret that our 60 Year Reunion, which we planned to hold early next year, is indefinitely postponed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.  We will make a new announcement when we can be sure that the event can take place in a safe environment.  When it happens it will be FABULOUS!

 

             

20/6/2020  -- We extend a warm welcome to our new guest member, former DHS teacher Allan Wilkinson.  Allan is now in his late eighties but remains in mental and physical shape that puts most of us to shame!

19/6/2020 --  Have you looked at Tuckshop Chit Chat lately?  There are 8 forums with a total of almost 100 topics, containing several hundred posts from classmates.  The most recent post appears at the top of each forum.  You can add your own comments (just hit "reply"),  or even create a new topic!

31/3/2020 --  We are very sorry to report that our classmate Don Pfotenhauer passed away in Durban on 14th March.  Please visit the entry for Don in the In Memory section, where you can add any memories or comments of your own.

15/2/2020 --  We are very sorry to report that our classmate Errol Lortan passed away in Durban in August.  Please see the entry for Errol in the In Memory section, where you can add any comments or memories of your own.

6/2/2020 --  The school has announced that it will no longer play any sport fixtures with our ancient rival Glenwood, apparently because of "poaching" of star players.  You can read a news report under the "DHS Today" tab at left.

13/10/2019 --  We are sorry to report that our classmate Peter Rasmussen passed away in Port Elizabeth several years ago, in 2006.   Please see the entry for Peter in the In Memory sectiion, where you can add any reflections or recollections of your own.

11/7/2019 --    Our website was launched on this date nine years ago.  During that time we have received 108,976  visits. Our classmates have exchanged 3,878 messages through our message system.  Of the 224 members on our class list,  all but 9 have been found or confirmed deceased.

08/7/2019 --  Jeremy Oddy (Class of 1962), the former school archivist, is preparing a publication about Blackmore's house. He invites anyone to send him recollections, anecdotes, photographs, press clippings, or other material of interest.  Jermey has already written two books about the school: "Where the Baobab grows at Durban High School", and "A celebration of Rugby at Durban High School ".  Jeremy's email address is jjoddy@gmail.com.

12/5/2019 --  As part of its leadership campaign against sex abuse in schools, DHS hosted a Safe Schools Seminar on 10 May.  A report on the event and announcments of futher events will be published on www.safeschoolguide.co.za

5/3/2019 --  We extend a warm welcome to a new member, our classmate Peter Whyte!

16/2/2019 -- We extend a warm welcome to a new member, our classmate Nigel Gray!   We have now traced all but 9 of the 224 boys in our 1958-1961 cohort.

14/2/2019 --  We are sorry to report that our classmate Jack Perling passed away on 12 February.  Please see the entry for Jack in the In Memory section, and add any comments or reflections of your own.

11/1/2019 -- David Brosnihan has lmade a video of our Moroccan adventure and placed it on YouTube.  You can enjoy it here:   https://youtu.be/OB4eXPXDwto -- copy and paste the link into your browser.

30 /12/2018  -- OOOPS!!!   We have just learned that Peter Whyte, who we had reported as deceased, is actually alive and well in Johannesburg.  We are profoundly sorry to Peter and everyone else for this awful mistake -- but thrilled beyond measure that our old comrade is with us after all!

16/12/2018 --  We are sorry to report that our classmate David Lindley passed way on 10th February in Munster, on the KZN South Coast.  Please see the entry for David in the In Memory section, and add any memories or reflections of your own.

17/11/2018 --  Our classmate Roy Henry has launched an appeal for a Class of 1961 Scholarship for DHS pupils, to be awarded with leadership as a criterion for selection.  Roy has written to you individually but the donation form is reproduced under the "Our Class Scholarship" topic at left.  

16/11/2018 --  The school is taking the lead in a campaign against sexual abuse and other unsafe school conditions.  A Safe School Seminar will be held on Friday, 10th May 2019.  For information and updates, see "The School Today" topic at left.

17/8/2018 --  We have learned that our late classmate David Henderson-Smart, who emigrated to Australia in 1959, became the head boy of his high school there -- a remarkable achievment for a new arrival!  We have reproduced the relevant page from the 1962 Sydney school magazine for David's entry in the In Memory section.

4/8/2018  -- We are sorry to report that our classmate Garry Grant passed away suddenly in Johannesburg on 2 August.  Please see the entry for Garry in the In Memory section, and add any memories or reflections of your own.

25/4/2018 -- The school has issued an impressive marketing video that showcases the many facilities available at DHS today:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUEDdQHTCRQ&feature=youtu.be

11/4/2018  --  We have just learned that our 1958 head prefect,  John Lloyd, passed away in the UK on 7 May last year.  He was the last survivor of our four head prefects -- Ian Wallace passed in 1990, Mick Greenfield in 2014, and Jack Welch in 2016. 

10/4/2018 --  We are sorry to report that our classmate John Dunlop passed away in Empangeni on 26 February.   Please see the entry for John in the In Memory section, and add any reflections or memories of your own. 

28/6/2017 --  An expanded record of the circumstances of our teachers' demises has just been added to Tuck Shop Chit Chat, under the "Our Teachers! (Part One)" topic.  Have you looked at the Chit Chat feature lately?  There are over 80 different topics, with dozens of contributions from our classmates.  Please add some contributions to existing topics, or create whole new topics of your own!

18/6/2017 --   The DHS Old Boys Club site in Durban North was sold to developers in 2014 to raise funds for the school. Here's whats happening at the site:  https://youtu.be/tDF_CewGajU  

[Thanks to Graham Bell (Class of 1964) for this tip.]

10/6/2017 -- We congratulate the DHS class of 1947 on their seventieth reunion in Durban earlier this week -- a true inspiration to us youngsters!   

15/4/2017 --  The school has just announced the appointment of new headmaster,  Tony Pinheiro. He is currenty acting headmaster of Glenwood High School, where has taught for 23 years.  See news of the appointment in the "DHS Today" section on the left.

25/3/2016 -- Does anybody have a copy of the 4GB form photo of 1959?  it's the only one we are missing from our 1958-61 set opposite, so please send us a scan if you have one!

7/06/2015 --  As a result of Graham Bell's campaign, reported here in January 2014, the school has apologised for the serial sex assaults by the maths teacher and athletics coach Harold "Jiggs" Gray. The school statement is reproduced in the "DHS Today" section at left; and both the statement and a subsequent press release by Graham are available for discussion in Tuck Shop Chit Chat. 

1/3/2015 --  We have recently discovered some new facts about many of our deceased classmates in SA government records. As a result we have added additional information to most of the In Memory entries. In some cases we have made corrections to the cause or year of a classmate's demise. Please take a look at the entries, and use the "Post Comment" button to add any information, recollections, or anecdotes of your own.

28/08/2014 -- We had added another document to our School Histories section, a statement by Andrew Cowan concerning his principled resignation as Head Prefect in 1965.

5/08/2014 -- We have added two more documents to our School Histories section, a 1971 article about Bill Payn by Chris Harris, and a 1962 article about the school by headmaster A.W. McIver.

18/12/2013 -- Jeremy Oddy (Class of 1962 and School Archivist) has just published a book, A Celebration of Rugby at Durban High School. This interesting book covers more than a century of rugby history at the school. For more information and ordering details, see the "100 Years of DHS Rugby" tab at the left.

21/02/2013 -- The "Where we live" feature above right has been refined to include SA provinces. You can now click on a country, a US state, a Canadian province, or an SA province, and get an immediate list of classmates resident there.

12/07/2012  --  Check out the  "Notify Me" tab under Member Functions on your left. It lets you specify if you would like an email notification of new items on the website, such as new photos, new classmate profiles, new obituaries, new personal messages, etc.