Adams College provided Africans with an opportunity for gaining a good standard of education. It was the first college to offer the matric syllabus. An art degree, building diploma and teachers training course were also offered.
- In 1922 Inkosi Albert Luthuli became the first African to be employed on the teaching staff at Adams, teaching isiZulu and Music and later being put in charge of school organization.
- In 1925 Z.K. Matthews was the first African to be appointed head master of the high school with white staff under him.
- In 1925 Robbins Guma was made a member of staff at the teachers’ training school; he was later to be the first African to act as the head of the training college of African teachers
- Adams College was amongst the first African schools to:
• Introduce co-education (education for both boys and girls in 1910).
• Teach mathematics and science to Africans.
• Provide matriculation and post- matriculation courses (1931).
• Introduce sport development programme.
• Give responsible posts to Africans