Paul Roos Gymnasium is a public, dual medium (Afrikaans & English) high school for boys in the town of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, and opened on the 1st of March 1866 as Stellenbosch Gymnasium. It is the 12th oldest school in the country.
|Paul Roos Gymnasium|
311 Suidwal Rd, Krigeville
|School type||All-boys public school|
(Always Brighter / Always More Splendid)
|Established||8 January 1866|
|School district||District 9|
|Rector||Mr André van Staden|
|Age||14 to 18|
|Number of students||1,300 boys|
|Schedule||07:40 - 14:20|
|Colour(s)|| Blue |
|Fight song||Old Boys of Paul Roos|
|Nickname||The Roos, The Maroon Machine, PRG.|
|Accreditation||Western Cape Education Department|
In 1910, the school was renamed Stellenbosch Boys' High School and old boy Paul Roos became the sixth rector of the school where he served for thirty years. In 1946 the school moved to the new buildings in Krigeville and was renamed Paul Roos Gymnasium after Paul Roos, old boy and captain of the first Springbok team, was himself a teacher at the school, and was the school's rector from 1910 to 1940, after which the school was renamed in his honour.
A notable characteristic of the school is its gees (Afrikaans for spirit) and their famous fight song "Old boys of Paul Roos" which is the melody of Flower of Scotland in remembrance of the first three Scottish rectors, which they sing with their old boys.
Paul Roos Gymnasium has produced more Springbok rugby players than any other school (54). It is also the school with the most players in the 2019 Rugby World Cup including five Springboks namely Schalk Brits, Willie le Roux, Steven Kitshoff, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse and Braam Steyn who played for Italy.
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; 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.
Paul Roos was classified as a 'prestige' school, being among the best-performing schools. In 2018 the University of Stellenbosch, which evolved out of this school, celebrated its centenary. In the first 100 years of its existence, 26 old boys received honorary doctorates from this university more than any other school in the country. Also, since the inception of the Chancellor's Medal in 1961, thirteen old boys were awarded this medal for the best final year student by Stellenbosch University.
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (September 2020)
- Jannie Marais, benefactor of the Het Jan Marais Fonds
- Johann Rupert, executive chairman of Richemont
- Judge Daniël de Waal, Judge President of the Transvaal Provincial Division
- Judge Benjamin Tindall, judge of the Appellate Division and Judge President of the Transvaal Provincial Division
- Sir John Murray, judge and Chief Justice of Southern Rhodesia
- Judge John Trengove, advocate and judge, including of the then Appellate Division, and, as of late 2019, centenarian
- Judge Gerhardus Jacobus Maritz, Judge President of the Transvaal Provincial Division
- Judge Hendrik Stephanus van Zyl, Judge President of the Cape Provincial Division
- Judge Nicolaas Jacobus de Wet, judge and Chief Justice of South Africa
- Anton van Niekerk, professor of Philosophy
- Wim de Villiers, former head of gastroenterology at Kentucky University and current Rector of Stellenbosch University.
- Etienne van Heerden, twice Hertzog Prize winner
- Gideon Joubert, writer and journalist
- Tom Dreyer, novelist, poet and column writer
- Uys Krige, Hertzog Prize winner, writer, poet, playwright and rugby union footballer
- Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd, philosopher, peace-maker and writer
- Egmont Sippel, South African journalist
- Hendrik Verwoerd, motor journalist
- Pieter-Louis Myburgh, investigative journalist
- Waldimar Pelser, South African journalist and editor of Rapport.
- T.O. Honiball artist and cartoonist
- Portchie, well-known South African artist and owner of the Red Teapot Gallery.
- Arnold van Wyk, composer, musicologist
- Heinz Winckler, the winner of South Africa's first Idols competition and popular musician (latterly mainly gospel)
- Koos Kombuis, South African short-story writer, poet, novelist and cult musician
- J.B.M. Hertzog, prime minister of the Union of South Africa.
- D.F. Malan, South African prime minister.
- Jan Smuts, South African prime minister and Field Marshal in the British Army, as well as one of the founders of the League of Nations and United Nations.
- Anton Lubowski, Namibian anti-apartheid activist and advocate.
International sports starsEdit
- Peter van der Merwe, Proteas cricketer.
- Stephen Baard, Namibian cricketer.
- Andries Bekker, Springbok rugby player
- Schalk Brits, Saracens and Springbok rugby player
- Boy de Villiers, Maties, Western Province and Springbok centre
- Francois Hougaard, Worcester Warriors and Springbok rugby player
- Juandré Kruger, Springbok rugby player
- Tjol Lategan, Springbok rugby player
- Robbie Louw, rugby union player
- Willie le Roux, Wasps and current Springbok rugby union player
- Jim McKendrick, Springbok Rugby Player
- Paul Roos, Springbok rugby union captain
- Josh Strauss, Scottish international rugby player
- Damian Willemse, Stormers and Springbok rugby player
- Herschel Jantjies, Stormers and Springbok rugby player
- Cobus Visagie, accountant and former Springbok rugby player
- Dieter Eiselen, NFL player
- Stefan de Bod, professional cyclist for Astana-Premier Tech.
- Willie Engelbrecht, professional cyclist
- Kerwin Noemdo, South African Paralympian and F46 Shot Put African recordholder.
- Christian Sadie, South African Paralympian swimmer.
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.
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