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In a forest next to a lake, on top of a mountain, was the most splendid place one could ever imagine. So begins our tale. A tale of suspense, intrigue, drama and courage. The story of Stanford Lake College. It all started in the winter of 1997, when a group of people gathered together and expressed concern for the future of their children. 

So a decision was made to put a team together and start a school. A daunting task stared them in the face. Raise the finance, find a location. To name but two small challenges. But they bought a hotel and in January 1998, in the pouring rain, Stanford Lake College opened its doors.

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In 1997, Troutwaters Inn, a hotel overlooking the Lakeside and Stanford lakes was purchased. The appointment of the first Headmaster was made on the 14th July 1997, effective from 1st October 1997.


30th September 1997

The corner-stone brick of the classroom block was laid by Mrs Henning and Mrs Strever (the daughter of HGM Stanford, the constructor of the lake which bears his name).

Gavin Scholefield, originally from Michaelhouse, officially took up his tenure of the first Headmaster of Stanford Lake College.

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October 1997

12th January 1998


In the pouring rain, Stanford Lake College opened its doors with just 6 teachers, 8 classrooms, 68 pupils, 3 admin staff and 20 ground staff.

Anne van Zyl, from St Stithians College, became the new head and introduced Stanford to the International Round Square Organisation.

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Brian Dawson took over the headship.



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Craig Carolan took over as the fifth head of Stanford.

Johann Uekermann joined as the Headmaster

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The four classroom blocks were named in dedication of past Letaba Educational Trust Board Chairpersons: Blight (Howard), Morgan (Colin), Baleta (Maggie) and Daly (Grant).





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Alan Redfern joined Stanford from Grahamstown where he was the Deputy Head of St Andrews College for eight years.

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