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Durban Academy High School

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Type  Public school
Website  dbnacademy.co.za
School district  Umlazi
Founded  1 January 1956
Grades  8 to 12
Phone  +27 31 466 1323
Motto  Providete (Latin)
Color  White and blue
Durban Academy High School
Established  1 January 1956 (1956-01-01)
Principal  Dr H. Labuschagne (2013-)
Address  1353 Bluff Rd, Bluff, 4052, South Africa
Similar  GLENWO HIGH SCHOOL, Grosvenor Girls High School, Durban Girls High School (P, Grosvenor Boys’ High School, Durban High School

Durban Academy High School is a bilingual (Afrikaans and English) high school located in Fynnlands, Durban.



At the beginning of 1956 the first Afrikaans school on the Bluff, KwaZulu-Natal opened its doors to the pupils of Bluff and surrounding areas. The school was initially named Island View School, in 1957 the school was renamed Hoërskool Dirkie Uys. The school started as a primary school (pupils from Grade 1 to Standard 6, now known as Grade 8), in 1959 it became a high school. Mr P.R.T. Nel was the founding principal. In 1962 the first group of pupils matriculated from Hoërskool Dirkie Uys.

Dual medium

Sebsequent to South Africa becoming a democracy in 1994, many Afrikaans schools became parallel medium schools (two different language taught at the some school); in 1997 Hoërskool Dirkie Uys became a parallel medium school and the first English speaking pupils were admitted. The school's name changed from Hoërskool Dirkie Uys to Durban Academy High School on 1 April 1997.

Present Day

Durban Academy has won numerous awards including the Best High School on the South Durban community and surrounding areas in 2012 and 2014, by the Southlands Sun community news paper.


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