Since it opened its doors in 1967 to 71 Grade 8 pupils, Danville has grown into a respected learning facility that is recognised throughout South Africa for its academic, sporting and cultural achievements.

Like the milkwood tree that is symbolised on its badge and planted at the heart of the school, Danville’s traditions are deeply rooted and anchor the ever growing tree. The trunk of the milkwood tree symbolises the strength and stability of the management, staff and parents of the school and this “trunk” has supported the growth of the pupils as they have gone from strength to strength.

The branches of the tree symbolise the opportunities afforded pupils academically and culturally, in sport, service and leadership. These branches bear fruit...the achievements of each pupil at the school. Each girl is encouraged to be the “golden seed” in the area in which she shows potential enabling her to step through the doors into life as an accomplished, confident young lady ready to live her life happily and successfully.

Danville, through all its seasons, has remained constant in 2 ways :
It has consistently delivered on excellence throughout its history and it has remained a happy school. Many people comment on the feeling as they walk into the school that there is a positive energy. This is achieved through the synergy of all elements of the school – all working harmoniously toward a common goal.

Danville’s first Headgirl and Dux, Mary-Lou Thomson, was placed first in the province of Natal with seven A's, a remarkable achievement for those days.