St David's Marist Inanda forms part of the legacy of St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Order in the 18th Century. Living through the turmoil of the French Revolution, Marcellin grew to become a great educator and a humble leader, founding the Congregation of the Little Brothers of Mary, the origin of the Marist education system.
The secret of his success lay in the simplicity of his relationships, and in the confidence he placed in his followers. He had a special place in his heart for the poor and the disadvantaged. At his death he left behind 280 Brothers and 48 schools with thousands of students.