In 1896 the first school in Ellisras, called Waterkloof, started.
It was a cane building at the exact spot where the Palm Park Hotel is today. This school has gradually petered out due to the difficult circumstances of that time - but in 1934 a "two men school", the Waterkloof School, was created, approximately 400 m south of Ellisras Hotel. This school accommodated learners up to standard six.
The enrolment rate has increased rapidly and a wood and corrugated iron classroom, and a local tent was erected. In January 1942 the school started with 105 pupils. Everything just started running smoothly, when a great storm burst and blew away the tent venue. In July 1947 the Waterkloof Central School was established for learners up to standard six. This is the current Laerskool Ellisras.
On 18 July 1952 the school committee gathered to discuss the possibility of "Secondary Education", and in 1958 this ideal is realized and the school called Waterkloof Group II was erected. In 1962 the first 21 matrics, matriculated at Ellisras. In 1964 the school splitted into Hoërskool Ellisras and Laerskool Ellisras, with a combined enrolment of 363 learners. In 1965 JP de Beer was appointed as acting principal.
In the mean time the High School building was being build from 1 May 1963 by Capital Construction. With the opening of the schools in January 1966 the buildings were completed and occupied. JP de Beer was appointed as principal. In January 1969 PJC van Dyk became the next principal and the intensive endeavour for
sport fields was started.
During 1980 Eskom announced that a power station at Lephalale will be erected. The new development was seen with great anticipation. In August 1981 the building of houses for Eskom workers progressed well. A noticeable trend was steady to rising numbers - for August 360 pupils was a clear increase in learner numbers.
Today Hoërskool Ellisras is under the leadership of Mr. Louis Campbell and the school boasts with several outstanding performances at local, provincial and national level.
To God and His Word only, we give honour
in our school and in our lives.
We are loyal towards our nation, language
We are loyal towards our school:
we work for the good name and
honour of our school.
We want to live our lives so that we are
pure in body and in spirit, true to the
demands of our conscience.
We honour and respect our parents and teachers.
We accept all the authority commissioned over us.
We strive to always to be honest and sincere.
We are always ready to serve.
We want to be friendly and courteous
towards each other.
We want to use the talents God gave us
so that we do every task as if
we are doing it for God Himself.
We strive for the everlasting, not the temporary.
Our word is our honour.
A hearty word of welcome to Hoërskool Ellisras, Parents and Friends of our school
The third term is a very exciting term especially due to the Preparatory Exams of the grade 12 learners that will begin on the 21 of August. We urge parents to support their children in every way possible, seeing that the exam is an integral part of preparation for the end exam.
Ons skool is ook ernstig besig met voorbereidings vir 2018 se Interhoër, gesien in die lig dat ons die gasheerskool is. As daar nog enige ouer of vriend van Hoërskool Ellisras is wat in enige vorm bydrae kan maak sal ons dit hoog op prys stel.
We still aim to make Hoërskool Ellisras an institution of pride and therefore request parents to assist with discipline and motivation of learners to strive for the best in everything they attempt.
Bowenal vertrou ons dat ons Hemelse Vader vir ons die weg sal aandui, ons sal vergesel en krag en moed gee vir wat ook al op ons pad mag kom.
Mag hierdie kwartaal tot almal se heil en seën wees.