The school was named for Morris Isaacson who was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant in 1896. He
had become wealthy by trading and he had set up a fund for black students to complete their
education to university level.
It was Isaacson who funded this school. Isaacson gave enough money to build a school with ten
classrooms and it opened in 1956 with 300 pupils when it was called “Mohloding School” but the
school was later renamed Morris Isaacson.
The turn of the year 1976 began a new transition of events for the school. On the 8th of June, the
South African Police attempted to arrest Enos Ngutshane at Naledi High School. He was the local
leader of the South African Students Movement.
He had sent a letter to the then government about the imposition of Afrikaans as the language to
be used in schools and that action compelled the then government to proceed with plans of his
arrest and failed to apprehend him.
On 16 June, students had gathered at Naledi High School to walk to Morris Isaacson High School
in Jabavu. Tsietsi Mashinini, a student at this school was a leader of the march of protest. The plan
was to gather at Orlando Stadium, but before that the Police arrived and school children were shot.
Youth Day, is a public holiday celebrated in South Africa every year on 16 June. It pays tribute to
the hundreds of students who lost their lives during the 1976 uprisings sparked off by the students’
march and the violent reaction of the apartheid security forces. Mphuti Street in Jabavu, holds a
strong significance to the events of 16 June 1976.