Education with Heart

We are a small, state owned, girls’ high school situated close to the Pietermaritzburg CBD with a rich history spanning over 100 years! Our magnificent school building, established in 1897, has been declared a National Monument and is “home” to just over 500 girls of all races and cultures. Russell High a school with an open heart and creative spirit.

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If you would like a tour to see everything we have to offer then please sit back and enjoy a guided tour of Russell High School for the next two and a half minutes, it’s the best way to experience our family.

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Our Family

At Russell we recognize the importance of providing a warm, friendly and supportive learning environment in which a young girl can grow into a confident  young lady, equipped to face the ever changing world.

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Our Story

Russell High School is one of Pietermaritzburg’s architectural treasures close to the city CBD. Now in its 132nd year, the magnificent building was declared a National Monument in 1979.

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Senior Prize Giving 2017

We had a wonderful Senior Prize Giving ceremony. It is a very special event on the Russell High calendar. Our dux for 2017, Nqobile Goba, with her mother, Mbali, our guest speaker, Dr Erna de Lange wh…


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Russell High Celebrating Heritage Day

The pupils of Russell High celebrated Heritage Day by dressing up in traditional costumes of many different cultures. The winning group of the cultural dance competition held by the grade 11s of Russe…


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Spring Day 2017

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, Russell High held a creative Spring hat competition. Beautiful, creative hats of the winners of the Spring hat competition. From left to right, Karabo Zuma, Amanda …


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Besides achieving an outstanding Matric pass rate for over 23 years, Russell girls have demonstrated their creative flair in both the visual and dramatic arts as well as their ability to participate successfully in debating and public speaking. Many Russell girls have gone on to carve highly successful and rewarding careers for themselves.