DUINEVELD HIGH SCHOOL
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 00:00
Duieneveld High School was founded in January 1964 as the Upington Technical and Commercial High School. In 1986 the school split in two and the Upington Technical High School and Goronia High School was the result. By 1991 these two schools amalgamated as Duineveld High School. Duineveld steadily grew into an excellent school, drawing learners from as far as 450km away in Upington. Currently, 800 learners are enrolled at the school. Of these, 350 are accommodated in hostels.
In 2007 Duineveld was honoured with the JJ Basson Trophy awarded to the school in the Northern Cape who produced the best results in academics, sports and culture for that year.
Name: Duineveld High School
Motto: Volhard en Oorwin (Persevere and Overcome)
Rugby jersey: White with dark shorts
Rugby at Duineveld
Duineveld High School has a very proud rugby heritage. Every young "Veltie" rugby player dreams of playing for the "Wittes", the school's First XV. Upington, 400km west of Kimberley, has its unique challenges. To compete against enough good rugby schools requires long-distance travel. The most important game of the year, however, is the local derby against Upington High School. The schools play each other twice. The first game takes place in the second term and is known as the "Klein Interjol". The second and final game of the season is known as the "Groot Interjol", the must-win derby game of the season. The Dries Potgieter stadium, named after a supporter and parent of Duineveld who did much for the school's rugby is where the school's First XV plays.
Two Velties played at the 2007 World Cup in France. Kees Lensing captained the Namibian side that also included Michael McKenzie. Two Duineveld youngsters who are making their mark are Danie Dames (currently at the Natal Wildebeeste) and Harry van Dyk (who plays for Pukke and has represented the Leopards Under-21 side.)
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