Sacred Heart College traces its origins to the arrival of two Marist Brothers in the mining town of Johannesburg in 1889. They opened a school in Koch Street with five pupils; within ten years it was 800 strong. In 1924 the school moved to its present premises in Observatory.
For the bulk of its history,
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The South African Schools Act (SASA) of 1996 established a national schooling system and recognised two categories of schools: public and independent. Public schools are state controlled and independent schools are privately governed. All private schools were included into the independent school category.