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Cape's Livingstone High School celebrates 90 years of rich history

Livingstone High School in Claremont was established 90 years ago, after civil groups joined forces to form a secondary school for children of colour.

The school opened its doors on 26 February 1926 and allowed many children, oppressed under apartheid, the opportunity to further their education where there were none.

Back then, there were no schools which offered primary or secondary education to so-called "non-white" pupils and churches and mosques took it upon themselves to provide schooling.

Livingston High School Principal Theodore Bruinders says the school has done well and continues to involve itself with the surrounding communities.

He says they encourage personal growth and deep political consciousness within pupils and parents at the school.

Bruinders has been at the school for 35 years and has spent the past six as headmaster.

He recalls the pivotal role which the school played in the Mother City, and says educators have always gone beyond the prescribes of the curriculum.

Livingstone High School is hosting a 90th anniversary gala dinner on Saturday 26 November at 7pm.

The event is open to past pupils and friends of the school. Tickets are R450.

Take a listen to Principal Theodore Bruinders as he looks back:

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