From 1943 Northern Cape High School, together with the Technical High School, was known as the Northern Cape Technical College. This situation changed in December 1975 when the combined schools split to form Technical High School and Commercial High School. In 1987, Northern Cape High School was established with changes to its curriculum. Today, Northern Cape High School is a leading dual –medium and multi-cultural school which excels in academics, sport and culture and which offers learners a wide array of activities and opportunities to achieve their full potential.
Even during the Commercial High days, our netball has developed into some of the best in the province. Northerns’ netball teams have gone from strength to strength and are regular provincial winners in the different age groups. The teams participate in the biggest tournaments in the country and also produce several provincial players every year. Jessica du Plessis is our most recent national representative. She represented and captained the National /20 team.
Cricket produced promising results from the outset; however, from 2005 Northern Cape High School has distinguished itself as the top cricket school in the province. Since its inception in 2010, the National T20 provincial competition has been won by Northern Cape High School. On three occasions, namely 2010, 2011 and 2012, NCH was the Knights franchise winner. In 2010 our team achieved a 6th place, while in 2011 and 2012 we were runners-up. NCH produces the most provincial players annually from any other schools in the province. We have also produced NINE SA Schools’ and SA Colts players, as well as one SA female player. The most recent and well-known is current Protea player, Reeza Hendricks.
In 1992, under the leadership of John Bond and Hannes Esterhuizen (teachers here at the time), NCH participated for the first time in the schools’ rugby league. Initially the team struggled against more established teams, but with hard work and determination NCH soon became a force to be reckoned with. These two characteristics are still part and parcel of NCH rugby and have led to steady growth and development. This has led to NCH being seen as one of the leading rugby schools in the province. During the last decade NCH rugby has undoubtedly been the most successful rugby school in the province with regard to our high position on the national rankings as well as the most titles in the Central region of the Kovsie League. From 2009 and 2017 NCH won the Kovsie League trophy SEVEN times and the Kimberley Classis Clashes against Diamantveld NINE times between 2006 and 2017. On the top 50 rankings Northerns was placed 8th on the Schoolboy rugby blog between 2008 and 2017 with a total of 53 wins in 58 matches. In 2017 the first team was, once again, in the top 20 on numerous rankings. Northern Cape High produces between 30 and 40 provincial players annually. Our most well-known players include Ronnie Cooke, Riaan Swanepoel, PJ Vermeulen and, more recently, Cameron Hufke.
This is not all that NCH provides. These sporting codes are also part of NCH.
- Boys’ and girls’ hockey – our hockey teams have dominated the provincial hockey leagues for more that a decade and annually produce the most provincial players;
- Athletics – every year NCH shines on the athletic field and track and has several representatives at the National Championships every year;
- This year six athletes went to Nationals and brought home 6 medals;
- Badminton – in the province Badminton has seen a resurgence with our teams representing the province at National tournaments during the past two years;
- Tennis – NCH produces between 5 and 10 provincial players annually.
- Girls’ cricket – NCH is proud to be the leading school in the province with regard to girls’ cricket with numerous provincial and senior provincial players;
- Shooting – we compete provincially and nationally;
- Biathlon – NCH has excellent provincial biathletes who excel;
- Chess – NCH has three chess teams which participate in many invitation tournaments, also provincial representatives;
- NCH also recognises other sport which individuals practise outside school. Recognition is given to learners who excel in, e.g. swimming, modelling, angling, cross country, karate and gymnastics;
- NCH is proud of our Junior Olympic gymnast in rhythmic gymnastics, Karlin van Tonder.
Northern Cape High also offers a number of culture activities. Learners participate with passion and gusto in a variety of festivals, competitions and Olympiads. This includes, amongst others, debating, public speaking, spelathon and choir.
There are also a number of culture organisations which learners may join like Rotary Interact, Land Service and the film and drama clubs.