In 1984 the schools in Dundee celebrated their centenary. Yet, by rights, 'education' began as far back as the teaching of "reading, writing and arithmetic" to the "Dutch" settlers of our area by the 'meester' Roos. The Superintendent of Education for Natal Colony reported in 1884 that "a school was opened in Dundee seven years ago, but after struggling for 18 months it collapsed for want of support by the neighbouring farmers." Schooling was subsequently revived by Mr Alex Graham in 1884. He was followed in 1885 by Mr Paglar, then Mr Robert Wood, helped by the three Misses Dill of aristocratic connections, who also taught at this time.
In Mid-1890 the Natal Government took over the reins, appointing Mr. White to be followed by Mr. S.H. Baker and later Mr. R.A. Gowthorpe ... and only then did the Dundee School's star begin to rise. In Gowthorpe, there was found a man of mission, dedication and foresight, and our school became known as "one of the very best in the Colony." Mr Gowthorpe's ultimate reward was being asked to found the Natal Training College for teachers.
Gowthorpe was succeeded by Mr. Sivil, who established the school where it now stands, and in 1907 Dundee was permitted to offer secondary instruction. Dundee Government-aided School, that had become Dundee Government School, now became Dundee Boys' Government School - one of seven name-changes our school has undergone! Messrs Black, Banks and Hudson were the next three principals.
Having become a High School under Hudson in 1933, the length of stay of our Principals stretches out - and our last four have ended their terms of office in Dundee with retirement! With an enrolment of over 700, Dundee High School can look back on a century of progress with admiration for the loyalty and dedication of its "ancestors" that has made it the fine school that we know today...
Dundee High is still one of the best schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal where a pupil is sure to receive every opportunity to fulfil his / her potential.
Academically, our curriculum offers a wide variety of subject packages. Subjects which are seldom offered in other schools are German, and Art. Dundee has these. The scientifically orientated scholar can pursue a double science course; the commercially minded can choose Accounting, Economics, Business Studies and Computer Applications Technology. Mechanical Technology and Engineering Graphics and Design are available for those who wish to strive ahead in the field of engineering or architecture. The International Computer Driver's Licence (ICDL) as well as a computerised career guidance course gives each pupil direction in many career fields and keeps our students at the forefront of basic computer literacy. We also offer Information Technology for those interested in programming. Thus, at all levels, Dundee High gives its students the opportunity to study within the range of their ability and interest, enabling them to gain entrance to any University or Technikon.
The extra-curricular facilities at Dundee include an active Swimming Club in our own swimming pool, a maintained athletics track, grassed rugby, hockey and cricket fields and tarred netball fields, as well as tennis courts. The large school hall has also been the venue for many cultural activities. Pupils who participate in the extra-mural programme are given the further privilege of late transport every afternoon to Dannhauser, Glencoe and Hattingspruit, and on sport days, free transport to the venues in one of the four buses.