My informant Clive Herron wrote in recently about Mansfield High School, and some missing memorials. He had this to say:
This year would have been the 100th of Mansfield High School, now incorporated into the Steve Biko Campus of the Durban Institute of Technology. Mansfield in it’s own way turned out many outstanding citizens, among whom are business leaders, councillors, sportsmen. The school was noted throughout Natal for it’s shooting team under Mr Valentine. Music Master, geography teacher and Durban Historian Gilbert Russell (Bugs to the pupils) was awarded Civic Honours (1972) after being proposed and seconded by 2 Durban City Councillors Pieter Breytenbach and myself Clive Herron (both ex Mansfield).
It was indeed a sad occasion when a decision was taken to close the school. I am keen to find out what happened to the 2 memorials (lives lost in the 1st and 2nd world wars) that were hanging in the school hall. Rumour has it that these were stored at the RDLI now DLI but I have been unable to confirm this. It would be fitting if they could be erected in some visible place. I would suggest St Thomas’ Church in Musgrave Road, where Principal Mr Newton Parry was a lay minister for many years.
It would be great to get those memorials back, as Clive says, and to put them on display. Contact me here if you know anything about them.