Past Headmasters

The Rhodes Connection


In the August issue of the Rhodos – the annual publication of Rhodes University – an article appeared wherein mention was made that “at Union High School in Graaff-Reinet every headmaster since the appointment of Herby Arnott in 1947 has been a graduate of the Rhodes Education Department”.

The article continues to say, “It partly explains why it is such a great school, “ said Adrian Arnott, also an Old Rhodian, describing how his father who was on the SRC in 1929 and also served on the Rhodes Council after his retirement,

Succeeding a long line of headmasters – including Ron Dugmore, Tony Burrell, Donald “Fergie” Ferguson, Chris Harker, Lindsay Pearson and Dave Mugglestone – Adrian’s classmate from 1964 and fellow Rhodes student Rory Kroon, was acting headmaster prior to the appointment of the current Principal, William Pringle.  The latter’s wife, Catherine McMaster is also an Old Rhodian and teaches at Union High.

And the connection cuts even deeper as her grandfather, Bill Homan, also an Old Rhodian, taught at the school in the 50s and 60s with Herby Arnott.

Let’s hope that future headmasters have the same purple blood in their vines.



1922 – 1933                Arthur E. Puttick  - BA Hons

1934 – 1945                Kenneth McGaffin - BA

1945 – 1947                Anthony Dodd - MA Med

1947 – 1968                Herbert W. Arnott - MA

1969 – 1974                Ronald M. Dugmore - BA Bed

1975 – 1990                Anthony F.  Burrell - BSc HDE

1991 – 1992                Donald B. Ferguson (Acting)  - BA HDE

1992 – 1993                Christopher P. Harker - BSC HDE

1993 – 1997                Lindsay M. Pearson - BA HDE BEd

1998 – 2011                David A. L. Mugglestone - BA HDE BEd

2011 – Present           William Pringle - BA HDE