History of the School

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Hillcrest High School has its origins at Hillcrest Primary School where, for two years, Grade 8 and 9 classes were accommodated. On 20 January 1976, our high school opened its doors for the first time with an enrolment of 276 students and a staff of 18. Director of Education, Mr P Nel, officially opened the school in October 1976. The founding principal, Mr Clive Talbot, served the school for a year before being promoted to Head Office.

Under the enthusiastic and visionary guidance of Mr Talbot and his successors, Messrs Phillip Hawkins, Malcolm Garrett, Gerald Delport and Craig Girvin, the school has advanced in leaps and bounds. Today with a student population of 1 100, an academic staff of 65, and the support of many ancillary staff, Hillcrest High enjoys a fine reputation in academics, sport, service and cultural activities.

The School Badge

The original school badge was designed by the first principal, Mr C J Talbot, and members of his Parent Advisory Committee. The book in the badge speaks for itself; the wildebeest formed part of the old Natal coat-of-arms; and the stone wall symbolises a wall built long ago by the Gillitt family to mark the boundary of their land which, at that time, included most of the village of Hillcrest. It is an extremely long dry-stacked stone wall, much of which still exists today and forms a prominent feature of the region. The Latin motto "Adspirat Fortuna Labori", taken from Virgil's "Aeneid", means "Fortune Favours Endeavour".

In 2001, to coincide with the school's 25th Anniversary, a new badge was adopted. It was felt that the badge needed to be more relevant to the era in which we find ourselves. To the original badge were added the silver leaves of the tree Cussonia spicata (the kiepersol or cabbage tree) which is indigenous to the area. The badge is crowned with the brown-hooded kingfisher, also indigenous to the area, and part of Hillcrest's coat of arms. The new badge was officially adopted on 1 January 2002.