History of Newcastle High School


ESTABLISHED IN 1882

The first record of any educational work in Newcastle dates back to 1874 when a school opened in the Dutch Reformed Church building at Lennexton. This school lasted only until 1878.

 

1881

School was build at a cost of R6000. 

1881

1882

Opening of school 47 boys and 30 girls. Mr McBean the principal.

1882

1895 - 1903

Mr McClaren the principal.

1895 - 1903

1899

School had to close because of a measles epidemic and 2nd Anglo – Boer war. School used as a hospital by the RED CROSS.

1899

1900

School reopens (157 learners).

1900

1903

School renovated.

1903

1903 - 1914

Mr Wilson the principal.

1903 - 1914

1906

Now a separate school for boys (Mr T.D. Wilson the principal) and girls (MIss Poreous the principal).

1906

1911

School divided into Senior School from Grade 6 to 10 Junior School (Miss Wills) for Grade 1 to 3.

1911

1913

No boys over 13 years of age allowed in hostel. Girls of any school going age allowed in hostel.

1913

1914

Grade 3 upwards also allowed into the Senior School.

1914

1915

41 learners in the hostel.

1915

1925

First Choir.

1925

1922 - 1928

Mr Orberleand Mr Delvin acting principals for Mr L. Hodges.

1922 - 1928

1928 - 1931

Mr Snow the principal.

1928 - 1931

1931 - 1936

Three principals came and left.

1931 - 1936

1957

New hall opened (The current Media centre since 1973). Mr C.F.S van Reenen the principal.

1957

1963

The MOTHS donated the Memorial Gate to replace the grid gate which was erected to keep cattle out of the school grounds.

1963

1972

600 learners.

1972

1973

1020 learners. Mr. Steven Marais the principal.

1973