Paarl Boys' High School

Paarl Boys' High School, known in Afrikaans as Hoër Jongenskool Paarl (also known as Boishaai) is one of the oldest schools in South Africa, built in 1868. The school is situated in Paarl, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The first headmaster of the school was George Jeffreys. As of 2007 the headmaster of the school is Derek Swart.

Paarl Boys' High School
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Coordinates33°44′21″S 18°57′37″E / 33.73917°S 18.96028°E / -33.73917; 18.96028Coordinates: 33°44′21″S 18°57′37″E / 33.73917°S 18.96028°E / -33.73917; 18.96028
TypeAll-boys public school
MottoTandem Fit Arbor Surculus
(From a twig to a tree)
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
Established1868; 154 years ago (1868)
Sister schoolPaarl Girls' High School
School districtDistrict 9
School number021 872 2875
HeadmasterDerek Swart
Age13 to 18
Number of students950 boys
LanguageEnglish, Afrikaans
Schedule07:35 - 14:15
CampusUrban campus
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)  Blue
AccreditationWestern Cape Education Department

War CryEdit

The Paarl Boys' High War cry, or 'Kreet', has changed much over the years, but the current Warcry is as follows:

Shimalaya wha!

Shimalaya wha!


Wha 'sop - 'sop 'sop 'sop

We are - we are


Wha 'sop, Shimalaya wha![1]


G Jeffreys 1868 - 1873

J Hoffman 1873 - 1876

T Walker 1876 - 1877

H Nixon 1878 - 1882

B le Roux 1882 - 1887

J Zahn 1887 - 1888

J Rettie 1889 - 1895

CEZ Watermeyer 1896

MC Fourie 1897 - 1901

PJ du Pré le Roux 1901 - 1924

SJ Malherbe 1924 - 1940

GJ Pretorius 1941 - 1958

Dr JAC Visagie 1959 - 1960

HA Lambrechts 1961

Dr PS Meyer 1962 - 1966

CD Koch 1967 - 1974

TW Engela 1975 - 1989

L Knoetze 1990 - 2007

D Swart 2007 -

Early historyEdit

The first building to house the school was a granary on Zeederbergplein, the owner of which was D Beyers. The first years of the school were unstable ones, with the school increasing in size every year, and larger facilities were required frequently. The grounds on which the school stands today were originally formed part of the farm Berlyn owned by PJ Malherbe. A certain Mr Moll[who?] purchased the farm and donated the land to the school.

In 1901 PJ du Pré Le Roux became headmaster. Du Pré Le Roux was the first headmaster to establish the school and remained at the reins for over two decades. Le Roux also saw the construction of the boarding hostels of Monte Bello (1901), Bellevue (1904), Villieria (1907), Berlyn (1908) and Imhoff (1923). The hostels of Berlyn and Villieria were dismantled and were replaced by another hostel, namely Werda.


Each year the school takes part in one of the biggest interschool events in South Africa against its arch-rival, Paarl Gimnasium High School.[citation needed] The main event (the u/19A rugby match) attracts over 20 000 spectators to the Faure Street Stadium.[citation needed] The school has produced many Springboks, from Boy Louw, Mannetjies Roux and "Prince of Wings" Carel du Plessis, to more recent players like Corne Krige (former Springbok Captain), Gurthro Steenkamp, Frans Malherbe and Thomas du Toit.

Other sports that are also included in interschool events are: field hockey, cricket, swimming, tennis, chess, golf , Golfing professional, David Frost, also matriculated at Paarl Boys' High. Paarl Boys' High School is currently ranked as one of the top rugby schools in South Africa.

Students of the 2 schools have traditional nicknames; the Boishaaiers are known as 'galpille' and the Gimmies as 'bloedworse'.

Notable old boysEdit

List of the old boys that were matriculated in Paarl Boys High School.


  1. ^ "War Cry". Retrieved 2016-05-01.