With a history dating back to 1814, Cradock, Eastern Cape has always had a rich heritage in education. Records show that schooling began in the town in the early 1830s while in 1838 the Cradock Free School first opened its doors. The current Cradock High School can trace its origins as far back as 1869 when Rocklands opened as a girls’ school (though it takes 1875 as its foundation date). The Cradock Boys’ School began in 1870. In 1972 Cradock Boys’ High and Rocklands amalgamated to form the present Cradock High School. The boys’ school became the Cradock Primary School, and Rocklands became the High School. It was indeed an honour to be invited by the Headmaster to address the pupils and staff and to learn of the School’s rich history.
Headmistress and staff, Rocklands, 1906
— at Cradock High School