In August 1850 Mr FCM Voigt was appointed, by the Educational Department, as a teacher in Franschhoek. The Chapel (where the present church hall is situated) served as the school. In 1899 the school moved to the present site. The first boarders were housed in Old La Rochelle (the present annex) in 1899. By 1903 the school became too small and five new classrooms had to be added. The same situation occurred in 1907 and the hall (present old hall) and classrooms were added. The appointment of Mr WE Malherbe (a son of the community) as principal in 1897, initiated an era of unknown prosperity. The school register of 1908 shows 380 pupils. Of these, 72 were matrics and 170 boarders were housed in various hostels. Pupils came from the furthest corners of the country.
In 1905 Mr Malherbe was offered a professorship by the University of Stellenbosch and he was replaced by Dr GC Cillié. In 1908 the latter also became a professor at Stellenbosch and his place was filled by Mr JGR Lewis. It was under these three gentlemen that the school knew its greatest fame. During this prosperous period, the school had pupils who were later to excel in various prominent posts. Among them were: Adv. JG Strijdom, Prime Minister; Dr HJ van der Bijl, Chairman of Iscor and Escom; Dr SH Pellissier, Director of Education in the OFS and the father of Volkspele; Dr DB Bosman, Union Envoy in the Netherlands; Ds PJ Viljoen, Moderator of the DR Church in the Transvaal; Mr JG Carinus, Administrator of the Cape Province.
Our school has a rich academic history. Henk Groenewald and Erina du Toit achieved A-symbols in respectively 8 and 7 subjects in the Senior Certificate examination of 1994. Henk achieved the fifth best average percentage in the province. During 1997 a matric pupil, Inske Kratz, came second in the national bilingual examinations. Since then, the school’s demographic changed to include various cultures. Our diversity can clearly be seen in the sport and cultural activities that we participate in. We are very proud of the achievements that our learners reach every year. Our diligent teachers prepare our learners for the complexities of adult life. Franschoek High, a school where learners learn to use their time effectively. Tempus nosce!