1897 Friedrich Klingenberg, a young German carpenter, bequeaths sufficient money to build a German school and opens a trust to provide financial support to the school.
1899 Pastor Grünberger, a minister of a protestant congregation, founds the Deutsche Schule Pretoria together with Consul Bierman. He was also responsible for writing the school’s constitution. On 4 December 1899 classes started for 43 girls and boys. It was declared that the school would also be open to other nationalities.
1921 A piece of land is bought on the corner of Visagie and du Toit in Pretoria.
1923 15 March 1923 the new school is officially opened.
1929 On 8 November 1929 the German school found its own association with its own constitution and governing body.
1936 A hostel in the house of Mr Schopf was started
1947 The Hermann-Hopfer-fund is establish to help parents with the financing of the school fees.
1957 The number of pupils has risen to 208 of which 165 have German as their Mother tongue. In this year the parents association is established.
1968 An eighth class is opened – the beginning of a high school
1972 The first matric exams are written.
1975 The first shovel of ground is dug for the new school in The Willows.
1977 On 26 March 1977 the new school in The Willows is officially opened. and the annual school bazaar becomes the Oktoberfest.
1981 On 25 November 1981 the school officially opens the Preschool. On 16 May the hostel is opened at the new school.
1985 On 7 September 1985 the Kindergarten opens its doors.
1987 On 25 April 1987 the school starts its Outreach Programme, known then as the “Teilzweig”. A new building is erected for the “Teilzweig” and officially opened in 1990. The Teilzweig is integrated into the school from class 7.
1993 DSP has its first Abitur class (Postmatric).
1994 The school becomes a voting station at the first democratic elections in South Africa.
1995 The Outreach Programme is extended and the children are integrated into the school from class 5.
1999 Building of the Media- and Computercenter – financed with the help of Daimler Chrysler and the Snyckers Family Trust.
1999 Centenary of the Deutsche Schule Pretoria
2000 The new art center is completed and is called the BMW centre for Art and Technology as BMW financed the building.
2002 A visit to the DSP by Federal Chancellor of Germany, Mr Rau
2003 Exceptional achievements in Abitur
2004 Opening of new Music Center – 10th Olympiade by the German schools in Southern Africa takes place at the DSP
2005 Total revamp of large and small swimming pool
2006 30th Oktoberfest
2007 First time DSD-exam (German Language Diploma) written at DSP – DaimlerChrysler sponsers a 17-seater Sprinter bus – Grieg Concert in memory of the
Norwegian composer’s year of passing away.
2008 First time the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination is written at the DSP and country wide – the Kindergarten accepts children at the age of 18 months – the new Oktoberfest concept is implemented.
2009 The Abitur examinations after 13 years of schooling were written for the last time that year.
2010 The DSP celebrates the Soccer World Cup in SA – all games are shown live on a big screen in the DSP Aula. The Kindergarten turns 25 years – festivities take place on 23.10.2011 in the courtyard.
2011 New English-medium branch, starting with grade R and grade 8 – Hosting of a meeting between the orchestras from the German Schools of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Windhoek and Pretoria with a final concert in which 99 students participated – Renovation of the swimming pool and the After School Care Centre – after 29½ years Ms Innes, deputy head, bids the DSP farewell.
2012 The BLI-stamp (school of excellence) is being awarded to the DSP – first classes grade 1 and grade 9 (Eng. Branch) are introduced – first scholar exchange with La Réunion – first time the Viennese Ball in Pta takes place at the Sheritaon Hotel, organised by 3 DSP-mothers – DSP-Robotics team participates in the World Robotic Olympiad in Kuala-Lumpur – laying of the foundation stone of the Primary school extension
2013 New primary school building inaugurated (V-block), regenerative energy measures implemented to excisting buildings, start of the German Crèche in Sept.
2014 Werner von Siemens Forum completed; DSP-orchestra gets invited to perform in Berlin at the World Congress of the Schools
2015 The DSP wins 2nd place in an international competition of German schools with the theme of inclusive living and learning.
Inauguration of “Werner von Siemens Forum“
Musical “Circle of Life“ performed by DSP learners in the Brooklyn Theatre.
Visit by the vice president of the German “Bundestag“, Mrs Ulla Schmid.
Inauguration of the BOSCH-Robotics- Laboratorium in the presence of the German Ambassador Lindner and Dr. Thill,
President of BOSCH in the African region.
2016 The DSP wins the first prize in the international competition „Leaners building bridges“ in Berlin in the presence of the German
Foreign Minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier.
The DSP hosts the first Science Week where learners from Grade 1 to 11, as well as, learners from our partner schools in
Mamelodi and Eersterust experienced science and technology first hand.