Russell High School Trust
Russell High, based in Pietermaritzburg, is a government school with a rich history spanning over 140 years, providing quality education for girls from working class families and those of modest means. Established in 1897 at the time of the Anglo-Zulu war, the school is still operating in the original heritage buildings and is “home” to just over 500 girls of all races and cultures. It is a school with an open heart and creative spirit.
The roots of Russell High run deep into the life and history of Pietermaritzburg. The school it is an integral part of a living community and has adapted and changed in order to serve the needs of that community. Change and adaptation has been the history of Russell High, but what has not changed is its ethos; it remains a small “Family” school, not very rich in terms of money, but always rich in terms of love and loyalty and in caring for others.
Russell High recognises the importance of providing a warm, friendly and supportive learning environment in which a young girl can grow into a confident young woman, equipped to face the ever-changing world. It is our belief that each girl is unique and needs to believe in her own self-worth in order to realise her full potential. This special atmosphere of love and respect has created the unique “Russell Family” which the girls fondly remember long after leaving school.
Many of the current pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds and their families face countless challenges. Every effort is made to keep the fees as low as possible and they are consistently less than a third of the other government school for girls in the area. The Russell High School Trust is one way of supporting the school and keeping school fees low while providing quality education. The Russell High Old Girls (RHOG) are committed to growing the Trust fund so that the school remains accessible to as many girls as possible.
Please see our RHOG Bursary Fund fundraising page for further information on how to contribute towards this cause.