Academic Significance

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

Grade 8 and Grade 9

  • LLC
  • NS
  • EMS
  • HSS
  • TECH
  • A & C
  • LO

Grade 10, 11 and 12

  • Zulu
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Economics or Computer Studies

We have four departments in our school:

Economic & Management Sciences

Mathematical Literacy, Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences

Arts, Culture, Science and Technology