Paul Roos Gymnasium
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Paul Roos Gymnasium

Paul Roos Gymnasium
311 Suidwal Rd, Krigeville

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
School typeAll-boys public school
MottoSemper Splendidior
(Always Brighter / Always More Splendid)
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
Established8 January 1866; 155 years ago (1866-01-08)
Sister schoolBloemhof High School
Rhenish Girls' High School
School districtDistrict 9
RectorMr André van Staden
Staff120 full-time
Age14 to 18
Number of students1,300 boys
Schedule07:40 - 14:20
CampusUrban Campus
  • Braid
  • Hofmeyr
  • Murray
  • Neethling
Colour(s)  Gold
Fight songOld Boys of Paul Roos
NicknameThe Roos, The Maroon Machine, PRG.
RivalGrey College
AccreditationWestern Cape Education Department
PublicationThe Semper

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.[1] Other than its rich history, the school is known for all-round excellence in sport, culture, academics and the performance of notable old boys across a wide sphere of society.

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 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 5 Springboks namely Schalk Brits, Willie le Roux, Steven Kitshoff, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse and Braam Steyn who played for Italy.

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.

Associations and facilities

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 245 boarders, mainly from South Africa and Namibia.

Notable attainments

Paul Roos was classified as a 'prestige' school, being among the best-performing schools.[3] 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.

Notable alumni



  • Judge Daniel de Waal
  • Judge BA Tindall
  • Judge ER Roper
  • Sir John Murray
  • Judge John Trengove, advocate and judge, including of the then Appellate Division, and, as of late 2019, centenarian
  • Judge FJW van der Riet
  • Judge GJM Maritz
  • Judge Hendrik van Zyl
  • Judge Hennie Nel
  • Judge Hennie Lacock
  • Judge NJ de Wet
  • Judge Pierre Olivier
  • Judge Servaas Hofmeyr



  • Armand Aucamp, recipe book "Armand Kook Kaal"
  • Prof CFJ Muller, historical writer
  • Dr Etienne van Heerden, twice Hertzog Prize winner
  • Prof ELP Stals, historic writer
  • Jean Meiring
  • Prof Piet Cillie, writer and journalist
  • Pieter du Toit
  • Gideon Joubert, writer and journalist
  • Dr Ronnie Belcher
  • 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



  • David Botha
  • Francois Krige
  • Francois Roux
  • Hannes Meiring
  • Jan Visser
  • Portchie
  • RonaLD West
  • T.O. Honiball artist and cartoonist
  • Vernon Swart


  • 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
  • Roelof Temmingh, winner of the Tagore medal for the best final year student at the Royal College of Music


  • Armand Aucamp
  • Danie Smuts
  • Limpie Basson
  • Louis van Niekerk
  • Marcel van Heerden
  • Nic de Jager, actor, director and radio presenter, presenter of Nic se Goed on RSG

Politician - three Prime Ministers

International sports stars



Rhodes Scholarship

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.[5]


  1. ^ "This list with 200 of South Africa's oldest schools may surprise you". Parent. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 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. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Rhodes, Cecil John. "Will and Condicils of the Rt Hon. Cecil John Rhodes" (PDF). Rhodes Trust, University Press Oxford. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2009.

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