Rylands High school opened its doors during the trying year of 1976. Amid student uprising throughout the country, 36 learners from Standard 5 to 7 sat for their end of year examination. Learners’ enrolment during the following year was 309. Although there were only 36 learners in Standard 8, the school was mindful of the recently introduced four phase differentiated system of education, which offered 3 subject sets to these learners.
1979 saw the first group of 24 matriculants sit for their Senior Certificate Examination. To great jubilation a 100% pass rate was achieved in the final examination. Alternative examination subjects such as Art and Music, were introduced in 1984.
Ten years after Rylands high opened its doors, the number of learners increased to 564. The school curriculum was constantly reviewed, evaluated and expanded and learners in Standard 8 were given the opportunity of choosing from 20 different subject sets.
Presently Rylands High School is a DINALEDI Mathematics and Science school, with enrolment of at least 1100 students and 41 teachers.
The school also prides itself in a rigorous sports programme and boasts excellence, with some learners achieving District and Provincial Colours.
Rylands 2016 marks 40 years in existence in the academic world, we reflect our past successes and we hope to prosper in future.