St Dominic's Priory School

Our History

Welcome all who passed through the gates of Marist Brothers' College, Holy Rosary Convent, Trinity High School and St Dominic's Priory School in years gone by. 

ST DOMINIC'S PRIORY SCHOOL today carries on the fine traditions of Catholic schooling in Port Elizabeth as established by the following schools that are brought together in what is now St Dominic's Priory School. 

  • MARIST BROTHERS' COLLEGE (Cor. 17th Ave. & Main Rd, Walmer – now Walmer Park Mall)
  • HOLY ROSARY CONVENT (Bird Street – Central)
  • ST DOMINIC'S PRIORY SCHOOL - (Emerald Hill - Miramar) at first a Girls' Convent School and then a Junior School only
  • TRINITY HIGH (HRC premises)

St Dominic's Priory School is the Alma Mater of all the past pupils of the schools that came together to form St Dominic's Priory School. We welcome all our alumni to share in our future as we celebrate our past.

Our History in brief   

In 1867 six foundresses left Sion Hill, Dublin, and set sail for a missionary station in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. They established the Holy Rosary Convent there. 

Two other Catholic schools were also established in Port Elizabeth in the following years: Marist Brothers College for boys (started by the Marist Brothers) and St Dominic's Priory (started by the Cabra Dominican Sisters). 

Holy Rosary Convent, Marist Brothers College and Priory High then merged to form Trinity High School in 1983 – for boys and girls. A Junior School continued to exist at the Priory. Trinity pupils took up residence in the Holy Rosary Convent buildings in Central, Port Elizabeth. Urban decline and economic factors resulted in this hopeful venture being reassessed and a move to Priory being undertaken in 2000. The Holy Rosary buildings were sold.

St Dominic's Priory, as it exists today, consists of a co-educational pre-school, a junior school and a high school.  We celebrate our history in the names of our school houses: Marcellin (for the founder of the Marist Brothers), Rosary (for the Holy Rosary Convent) and Trinity (for the amalgamated school) 


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