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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.


Donations to date

R 8 529.95

Fundraising target

R 65 500.00

Donor Messages

Lee-Anne Kotze
Thank you Rusell High. May you continue to educate and inspire all those who pass through your corridors.
Byres North
In honour of the amazing Russell High Alumni that we love
Anne Swain
I now live in Canada but I was born in Pietermaritzburg and attended Russell High for Std. 1 - 3 (1953). I was delighted that the school is still doing well and gladly make this donation.
Russell you gave me so much. I am so proud that you continue to do the same for others. Happy Birthday!
Congratulations on 140 years
Jane Blackbeard
Congratulations Russell High!!
What an amazing school. Loved my time there. 1991-1995.
Wendy McLuckie
A proud RHOG, looking forward to the next generation of RHOGs!
Bernice Cullis Becker
A proud Russell High Old Girl passionate about helping RHS grow young girls into strong, productive young women.

Activity feed

Lee-Anne Kotze donated R 308 to Russell High School Trust via Russell High Old Girls
19 Mar 2019 R 308
Byres North donated USD $ 42 to Russell High School Trust via Russell High Old Girls
14 Mar 2019 USD 42
Anne Swain donated USD $ 37 to Russell High School Trust via Russell High Old Girls
12 Mar 2019 USD 37
Anonymous donated R 5 141 to Russell High School Trust via Russell High Old Girls
08 Mar 2019 R 5 141
Maryanne donated R 500 to Russell High School Trust via Russell High Old Girls
07 Mar 2019 R 500