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Durban Girls’ High School was established in 1882, which makes us one of the oldest girls’ schools in South Africa. Throughout our proud history we have been committed to providing a holistic learning environment and we are now officially recognised as a School of Excellence and Influence by the Alan Gray Orbis Foundation.

Our academic focus is based on the strong work ethic of both staff and learners. This is enhanced by state of the art technology and fully equipped venues which provide outstanding teaching resources. Our co-curricular programme covers over fifty sporting and cultural activities which are offered on both a competitive and social level. We actively promote healthy living through our wellness programme.

Our motivated educators not only facilitate learning but also instil respect for a sound value system. We are fully committed to the development of every girl in a relevant, safe and caring, multi-cultural environment. We nurture individuality and encourage creativity.

We offer many leadership opportunities and have embarked on a leadership programme offering all girls the chance of participation in courses where leadership skills are discovered and put into practice.

Durban Girls’ High is a school of choice and we invite you to join us on your journey to success.





New House Names for 2018

The house names of Athlone, Buxton, Connaught, Milner and Selborne are now a part of history. Having taken the decision to change our house names in order to make them more relevant for learners today, we asked for suggestions from learners, parents, staff and old girls. These suggestions were then passed on to the Representative Council of Learners who narrowed them down to three options. The school then voted for their preferred option and the overwhelming majority chose the names of mineral stones.

An extract from Annelisa Govender’s submission sums up why mineral stones are such a good choice for house names: All these stones are found in their natural forms in parts of Africa. D.G.H.S. girls walk into the school gates as unpolished, irregular shapes – still in our raw form, ready to be polished. They are diverse and varied minerals formed by unique conditions. They embody strength and potential.

The new house names for 2018 will be:

Formerly Athlone, the Red House will be GARNET

Formerly Buxton, the Green House will be MALACHITE

Formerly Connaught, the Blue House will be KYANITE

Formerly Selborne, the Purple House will be AMETHYST

Formerly Milner, the Yellow House will be CITRINE

Mrs Erica Hayes-Hill – Principal

DGHS Choir at Prize Giving
– A little clip of our incredible school choir

Admissions 2019

All admission for 2019 are now closed. The application forms and admission letter for 2020 will be uploaded early in 2019 after Open Day.



We are using these events to celebrate together on Founders’ Day – Friday 21nd and Saturday 22nd September 2018. There are some special year reunions also taking place on that day but we invite all Old Girls to join us for a special assembly at 7.30am, a morning of school tours, interaction with current students during the Inter house Sports and Cultural events, DGHS Dance display and a luncheon to share memories and moments of their time at DGHS. For more information please contact the school on 031 2742700 or email Heather Phipps on

Class of 1968 – Elaine Dibben

Founders’ Day 2018

Help Needed..

Are you an Old Girl and interested in getting involved with the Old Girl Association?

Please contact Heather Phipps: