In 1910 the Dutch Reformed Commission investigated the possibility of the erection of an industrial school at Oudtshoorn. At this stage there was a great need for properly trained and skilled tradesmen especially among the members of the D.R. Church. The Rev. A.M. McGregor was appointed chairman. The aim was to collect £10,000 for the erection of a school building to house at least fifty young men. The commission bought 8 hectares of ground on the riverside of George Road (Petra Girls School 1982) from Mr. D.H. Schoeman for £3,400. Mr. VIXSEBOXSE was requested to draw up the plans in collaboration with Mr. Me Jannet, Superintendent of the Uitenhage Trade School. The levelling of the site and the plans cost £6,000.
The inauguration of the schpol took place on 7 August 1912 by the Superintendent General of Education of the Cape Colony, Dr. T. Muir. Provision was made for the training of three different trades; blacksmiths, carpenters and wagon builders. The building was later taken over by the Petra Girls' School and was demolished to make way for a new school. The Industrial School was the predecessor of the Technical High School in Oudtshoorn.
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