Maritzburg College is not Just a School, it’s a Way of Life.
From its beginnings in 1863, College has strived to produce men who can stand in the front rank of society. Amongst its past pupils, are the country’s preeminent English author, Springbok captain, 22 Rhodes Scholars, a Grammy-winning photographer, an Olympic gold medallist, as well as more than 260 Old Boys who have played international sport (including 33 captains) - more than any school in SA.
A modern school in every sense, Maritzburg College retains a strong sense of its history and heritage. Our boys leave the school as young men imbued with a strong sense of independence and individualism – but also of teamspirit and belonging. The school unashamedly embraces its core values of Commitment, Courage, Honesty, Respect, Integrity and Self-discipline, which all our boys are expected to live out each day. College has evolved considerably over the last few decades, and today offers a multitude of opportunities for all boys to find a niche and be happy. Having the boys fulfil their academic potential remains the school’s priority, and at the end of 2017 College was able to boast the best results in KZN. All our Grade 12 pupils passed, with 97% achieving a bachelor’s pass, two in the top five in the district and one pupil placing 2nd in KZN.
College’s sports facilities are world class, catering for all the major sports – and a number of lesser ones too. Although a traditional rugby powerhouse, the school also dominates in sports such as hockey, canoeing, basketball and water polo.
The school has adjusted well to the demands of a modern society, while retaining its unique character and this is especially apparent in our boarding establishment, which boasts a complement of 480 boys and 40 live-in staff. This will grow to 500 boys once the newly built Shepstone House is completed later in 2018.
Maritzburg College is a modern, relevant, multi-racial school that embraces all that is best in South Africa’s ever-changing environment, and has a crucial role to play in nation building. Our Social Awareness Programme, with pupil, staff and parents is actively seeking ways to embrace and manage diversity in the school, and ensuring it is embedded in the quality education we offer. At Maritzburg College, we are immensely proud of our shared identity that binds the present to the past beneath a vivid tapestry quilted in Red, Black and White.