Glenwood High School is a high school for boys located in Glenwood, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Glenwood High School
South Africa
TypePublic, Boarding
MottoNihil Humani Alienum
(Nothing that concerns humanity is unimportant to me[1])
HeadmasterAndri Barnes
Number of students1,300 boys
School color(s)Green, gold, red
MascotStormin' Norman (Grasshopper)
RivalDurban High School



War yearsEdit

In 1915 South Africa sent one brigade of Infantry to support the Allied war effort on the Western Front. The 1st South African Infantry Brigade comprised four battalions with the 2nd Battalion being known as the Natal & OFS Battalion, containing many men from Durban and Pietermaritzburg.[2] In 1915, there were only 120 boys at the school,[3] of which (from the Class of 1914 and earlier) twenty five ex-Glenwood pupils lost their lives as part of this Battalion during World War I[4] Of those killed, four were killed during the Battle of Delville Wood, in The Somme region of France. (Refer External Links section below for World War I Roll of Honour).

Glenwood High School crest in Delville Wood Memorial commemorating the death of Glenwood old boys in the 1916 Battle of Delville Wood (2009)

In 1939, at the start of World War II there were 490[3] pupils in the school and during the six years of war, 457 Old Boys served in East Africa, the Western Desert and Italy. Of these, 109 were in the South African or Royal Airforce.[3] Out of the 457 who served, 120 old-boys lost their lives during this war. There is a very poignant picture of the school's 1st Rugby Team of 1935 where at least 15 of the 18 boys in the photograph volunteered for service in the war and six of those in the photograph were killed. These included Roy Gibson, son of Durban's Lady in White (Perla Siedle Gibson),[5] and Clement (Neville) McGarr, who was one of the prisoners of war to escape from Stalag Luft III as part of the "Great Escape".[4][6]

The six were:[4]

  • C. Roy Gibson
  • J.Vic Rochford
  • Daniel J. Jacobs
    Glenwood High 1st XV 1935. At least 15 of the 18 boys in the photograph are known to have volunteered for service of which six were killed in WWII
  • Clement A. Neville McGarr
  • Rolf Meyer
  • Frank J. Ball

The following eulogy was added to the Glenwood Roll of Honour in December 1945:


Glenwood High is one of the few Durban public schools with a boarding establishment. The boarding establishment, opened around 1935, is known as Gibson House. It was named after Roy Gibson, the first past pupil to be killed in World War 2 – and the son of "The Lady in White" who saw off soldiers at the docks embarking on ships for tours at the front during the Second World War.

Gibson House is situated on the corner of Alan Paton and Esther Roberts Roads, a short walk from the main school. The original boarding school took only a small number of boys (three dormitories) but has been expanded.

Trevor Kershaw Fraud ScandalEdit

Trevor Kershaw, who was headmaster between 1999 and 2015, is due to stand trial for allegedly defrauding Glenwood High School. It is possible that he may alternatively be charged with theft.[7] It has also been alleged that Kershaw interfered with the State's investigation. The provincial Department of Education is also conducting an investigation against him.[8]


  1. ^ "Glenwood High School Prospectus". Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  2. ^ Buchan, John (1992). The history of the South African forces in France (Litho reprint of 1920 ed.). London: Imperial War Museum & Battery Press. ISBN 0-901627-89-5.
  3. ^ a b c "Commonwealth War Graves Commission:". A School in South Africa. Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Facts about Durban". Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  5. ^ "Durban's Lady in White". Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  6. ^ 95691 2nd Lieutenant Clement A.N. (known as Neville) McGarr (24 Nov 17 – 24 Mar 44) 2 Sqdn SAAF escaped by tunnel on 24 March 1944. He was caught and executed by the Gestapo. See photograph of memorial with McGarr inscription at List of Allied airmen from the Great Escape
  7. ^ Barbeau, Noelene (20 October 2016). "Trial date set for Glenwood fraud principal". Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  8. ^ Barbeau, Noelene (29 July 2016). "Headmaster 'interfered' with fraud probe". Retrieved 4 June 2017.

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