On January 21, 1975 a new school opened in Arboretum as a parallel medium school, in a pre-fabricated asbestos building on a temporary site.
A Short History
The History of Our School Never to be Forgotten
On January 21, 1975 a new school opened in Arboretum as a parallel medium school,
in a pre-fabricated asbestos building on a temporary site. Full staff comprised of nine
teachers, one secretary and 76 learners. Mr. G. Delport acted as first principal and
had to lay the foundation.
School Flag & Anthem
Meanwhile, work started on the construction of a permanent structure. In 1978, Mr.
D.C.F. Heese took over as principal and the current school building was occupied by
468 students. In 1980, Richards Bay High School was officially opened by His
Excellency Mr. J.C. Botha, administrator of Natal. The school flag is handed over to
the school, the clock tower unveiled and the school song is sung for the first time at
an official function.
Top in Sport
Cricket, netball, hockey and rugby are played and swimming and athletics is
practiced throughout the year. The girls and boys drill squads walk away with all the
trophies and the drum majorettes finished second in a national competition. The
orators- and debating teams thrive and win numerous competitions.
1985 was a watershed year. The school opened as an Afrikaans medium school with
a count survey of 732 students and the school Principal Mr. Heese is transferred to
the Department of Education and Culture. In 1986, Mr. E. Gräter becomes High
School Richards Bay's third headmaster. The school exercises authority and
numerous learners received Natal and South African colours on different sites.
Cultural Organizations flower and revues and stage productions are pompous.
In 1996, Mr. CJ van der Westhuizen becomes the school's fourth headmaster. He
and his staff had to face a lot of challenges regarding their new political dispensation.
These challenges have led to even more impressive achievements in academic,
sports and cultural activities..
In December 2015, Mr. HJP Muller becomes the school’s fifth headmaster. The
school has a total of 897 students in 2016, 48 academic and 11 administrative staff
The Lord has blessed this school with amazing opportunities and outstanding
achievements are legion! Over the years, it was shown that the school's role, in the
words of Ovid "more precious than gold and more durable than brass."