Cape school declared heritage site

2014-09-24 16:31
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Cape Town - The declaration of Harold Cressy High School as a provincial heritage site is testament to leaders who were both teachers and activists, the Western Cape Education MEC said on Wednesday.

Both the school's namesake and its first principal "shared a quest for all people of colour to be accepted as equal in a society that cast them as inferior on racial grounds," said MEC Debbie Schafer at the unveiling of a plaque at the school to commemorate the event.

Harold Cressy was the first black student to graduate from the South African College, now University of Cape Town; while headmaster Edgar Maurice was involved in anti-apartheid resistance.

"Both Mr Cressy and Dr Maurice were activists as much as educators."

Shafer said tribute must be paid to the many eminent alumni the school had produced including University of Cape Town history Professor Mohamed Adhikari, Edward Kieswetter: A group chief executive at Alexander Forbes, film composer Trevor Jones and political activist and former minister Trevor Manuel.

Victor Richie, who had served as principal for 27 years, must also be honoured, said Shafer.

"It was under his leadership that the school along with the teachers, parents and students of the school resisted pressure from the apartheid government to relocate the school to a 'coloured area'."

The school is situated in Roeland Street in Central Cape Town.

"En kyk hoe lyk julle nou [And look at you, now]."

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