Paul Roos Gymnasium

Paul Roos Gymnasium is a government school for boys in the town of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, founded on January the 8th, 1866 as Stellenbosch Gymnasium. It is the 12th oldest school in the country.[1] Other than its rich history, the school is known for all round excellence in sport, culture and academics.

Paul Roos Gymnasium
Paul Roos Gimnasium
South Africa
Coordinates33°56′31″S 18°51′41″E / 33.9419°S 18.8614°E / -33.9419; 18.8614Coordinates: 33°56′31″S 18°51′41″E / 33.9419°S 18.8614°E / -33.9419; 18.8614
Funding typePublic
MottoSemper Splendidior
(Always Brighter / Always More Splendid)
EstablishedJanuary the 8th 1866
Sister schoolHoër Meisieskool Bloemhof, Rhenish Girls' High School
RectorMr André van Staden
Number of students1300
Hours in school day7
HousesBraid, Hofmeyer, Murray, Neethling
Colour(s)Maroon, Gold and Navy
SloganSemper Splendidior (Always More Splendid)
Fight songOld Boys of Paul Roos
NicknameThe Roos, The Maroon Machine, PRG.
RivalGrey College;
PublicationThe Semper

The pillar values of the school are pride, respect and gentlemanship along with humility, excellence, integrity and responsibility (PRG HEIR). Another notable characteristic of the school is its gees (Afrikaans for spirit) and their famous fightsong "Old boys of Paul Roos" which they sing with learners who previously attended the school.

Paul Roos Gymnasium has produced more Springbok rugby players than any other school (53).

The school was renamed three times, Stellenbosch Boys High, Victoria College (after Queen Victoria) and in 1940 Paul Roos Gymnasium. Paul Roos, a former captain of the Springbok rugby union team, was himself a former pupil and teacher at the school, and was the school's rector from 1910 to 1940, after which the school was renamed in his honour.

Associations and facilitiesEdit

Though Paul Roos Gymnasium is a school for boys from grade 8 to 12, the curriculum includes some subjects presented in conjunction with the two sister schools, Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof and Rhenish. The school is dual medium;[2] Afrikaans- and English-speaking pupils study under one roof, but classes are largely separated according to mother tongue. The school shares sport and internet facilities with Stellenbosch University.

School facilities include a library and computer labs.

Sports facilities include hockey fields, the Markötter rugby fields, a swimming pool, an Olympic Waterpolo Aquatic Centre, tennis courts, and a gymnasium.

The main residential facilities are the two school hostels (dormitories) called Prima and Prima Nova. They accommodate some hundreds of boarders, mainly from Southern Africa.

Notable attainmentsEdit

Paul Roos was classified as a 'prestige' school, being among the best-performing schools.[3] In the first 39 years in which the Chancellor's Medal has been awarded at Stellenbosch University, nine (23%) of the recipients have been Paul Roosers.[citation needed]

Paul Roos has produced more Springbok rugby union rugby players(54) than any other school.[4]

Notable alumniEdit


International sports playersEdit



Rhodes ScholarshipEdit

The Rhodes Scholarship was instituted in 1903, and Paul Roos is one of four schools in South Africa entitled to award a Rhodes Scholarship annually to an ex-pupil to study at the University of Oxford.[6]


  1. ^ "This list with 200 of South Africa's oldest schools may surprise you". Parent. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ Malherbe, Ernst Gideon (1946). The bilingual school: A Study of Bilingualism in South Africa. London: Longmans. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-405-11086-3.
  3. ^ Marking Matric: Colloquium Proceedings, Vijay Reddy, 2006. HSRC Press. ISBN 0-7969-2116-4
  4. ^ "Springbok Rugby Hall of Fame: Schools Overall". Retrieved 25 June 2007.
  5. ^ van Onselen, Charles (2003). "The Modernization of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek: F. E. T. Krause, J. C. Smuts, and the Struggle for the Johannesburg Public Prosecutor's Office, 1898-1899". Law and History Review. American Society for Legal History. 21 (3): 483–525. doi:10.2307/3595118. JSTOR 3595118.
  6. ^ Rhodes, Cecil John. "Will and Condicils of the Rt Hon. Cecil John Rhodes" (PDF). Rhodes Trust, University Press Oxford. p. 10. Retrieved 6 September 2009.

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