Our Centenary Story

Elwyn van den Aardweg //

David Polkinghorne //

Message from Elwyn van den Aardweg and David Polkinghorne

Kearsney’s Centenary in 2021 is an opportunity to reflect on 100 glorious years of camaraderie and team-work and to launch the College into its Second Century. Everything we have at Kearsney is a result of kindness – gifts and benefaction have benefitted every Kearsney boy who has worn the badge since the humble beginnings in 1921 and Kearsney Manor on the North Coast.

The Centenary provides a unique opportunity to literally be a founder of the Second Century and be recorded as one who seeks to join in positioning Kearsney for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

The Centenary appeal is about two opportunities and we would love you to be a part of at least one of these.

The first is in human investment; the strengthening of an endowment to assist future generations of boys with character and of quality to attend Kearsney. The second is investing in the funding of the Centenary Centre, due to be completed in time for our celebrations in 2021.

Thank you for your interest in Kearsney. We hope you will seize the opportunity to celebrate 100 proud years and to launch Kearsney into its second Century. Carpe Diem!

The Shuker Gate

Sir Liege Hulett Room

Our Journey So Far

Founded in 1921 by Sir Liege Hulett in his family home on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal near Stanger, Kearsney College opened with 11 boarders and two day scholars in August 1921. The dangers of malaria initiated the move to the present site on land donated by Clement Stott and JJ Crookes. The new Kearsney College opened in 1939 with 78 boys and 10 staff on its 50-hectare campus.

Today Kearsney has over 640 boys and 130 staff; and is recognised as one of the country’s finest independent traditional boys’ high schools and a leader in education.

Kearsney cherishes its unique history, traditions and heritage, balanced with its progressive and innovative approach to excellence in education.

As the College moves confidently into the future, we remain true to our founding ideals of being an extraordinary place of learning, passionately committed to producing young men of distinction