Gardens Commercial High School

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About Us

Gardens Commercial High School is a fine mixture of the old and the new. The five original houses which still form parts of the school buildings were built in 1882 and were used as U.C.T. residences during the 1920's. Since then they have housed a private hotel, the offices of the Provincial Administration (1939 - 1944) and the offices of the Department of Inland Revenue and the Rent Control Board (1944 - 1967).

In 1967 the demolition of Avenue Terrace - as the buildings were then known - was planned. In its stead a new school would be built to house the pupils from the Day School of Commerce (est. 1961) which, until then, had been a department of the Cape Technical College. These plans, however, were shelved and the original buildings were adapted for use as a school.

In 1968 the school came under the jurisdiction of the Cape Education Department and a year later it was renamed Gardens Commercial High School. The Avenue Terrace buildings survived intact, a second time, when demolition plans were again mooted.

When Louis Karol Architects were commissioned in 1976 to build the new school, their decision to incorporate Avenue Terrace finally guaranteed the survival of these buildings. The intriguing blend of old and new in this design earned the architects an Award of Merit from the Institute of South African Architects.

In 1984 - two years before the school's silver anniversary - the Twistniet Sports Complex was opened in Upper Orange Street. At the time it offered facilities for hockey, tennis, basketball, netball and athletics. It has now been converted into a state of the art soccer facility.

We are proud of our fine school and its historic links with the city of Cape Town. In 1993 the old School buildings, the wall and the ground were declared a National Monument. The original deeds of transfer of the ground, are part of the Uitvlugt, date to 1732.

Contact Number

021 465 1236



Gardens, Cape Town