About Us

Durban Girls’ College is a journey, in multiple senses of the word. It is a journey through academics, and also through cultural and sporting endeavours. A journey of the world at large. A journey of the self. Come and explore with us at Durban Girls’ College.

Not only do we teach our girls to look at the bigger picture of life, but also to realise their place and potential within it. Our school breathes a sense of confidence and curiosity into young girls so that they feel empowered to take their stance as independent and courageous women of our society. We teach for life – not for the classroom. A girl’s unique educational journey into womanhood starts with us.

Durban Girls’ College. A Unique Educational Journey.

College Heritage

Durban Girls’ College was founded in 1877 as the “Durban Young Ladies’ Collegiate Institution” by a group of six Durban Commissioners and Protestant Clergy under the leadership of J F Churchill. The founders are still remembered in a special service each year, and the six school houses bear their names – Churchill, Cottam, Greenacre, Hunter, Palmer and Rutherford. In 1905, College moved to Musgrave Road, its present site, which was donated by Sir Benjamin Greenacre. The beautiful original school building is a monument to the spirit of excellence in which the school was established. Over time, the spacious campus has been extended and developed and the present pupils enjoy world-class academic, cultural and sporting facilities and equipment.

The vision of these founders and early benefactors was of a school which would provide a quality of education for women of successive generations. For more than a century, the school’s ethos and philosophy have been shaped and developed and have resulted in a tried-and-tested set of values and standards.

The pioneering entrepreneurial spirit of the founders remains in evidence today as the school embraces positive change, reform and the best of new trends in education policy, curriculum development and teaching methods. This proactive and creative management ethos also permeates facets of school life such as staffing and admissions policies.

This successful combination of tradition and innovation bears fruit in the outstanding school-leaving examination results and is evident in the lives of the many successful women all over the world who have been educated at Durban Girls’ College. The thriving Old Girls’ Guild, which is represented on the Board of Governors, is an active custodian of the school heritage and the College ethos.