Jeppe High School for Boys

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Jeppe High School for Boys
JeppeHighSchool crest.jpg
"Forti Nihil Diffilcilius"
Good Hope & Roberts Avenue
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 2101
 South Africa
Coordinates 26°12′0″S 28°5′58″E / 26.20000°S 28.09944°E / -26.20000; 28.09944Coordinates: 26°12′0″S 28°5′58″E / 26.20000°S 28.09944°E / -26.20000; 28.09944
Type Public & Boarding
Established 1890
Founder Sir Julius Jeppe
School board National Senior Certificate
School district D9
School number GDE No. 130633
Principal Anton Dempsey
Vice principal M.H. Gill, C. Rattray
Grades 812
Enrollment 950
Average class size 33
Color(s) Black      White      Gold     
Song [Jeppe School Song]
Rivals King Edward VII School, Parktown Boys' High School
School fees R22 500
Affiliation International Boys' Schools Coalition
Alumni Jeppe Old Boys
Dayboy Houses Duiker, Eland, Impala, Koodoo, Roan
Boarding Houses Oribi, Tsessebe, Sable

Jeppe High School for Boys is a public secondary school is located in Kensington, a suburb of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, one of the 23 Milner Schools.

The school's motto is the Latin Forti nihil difficilius, meaning "Nothing is too difficult for the brave", also translated as "For the brave, nothing is too difficult". Jeppe High School for Boys is the oldest known school in Johannesburg.


The school was founded as Saint Michael's School in 1890 in Johannesburg, four years after the gold rush that founded that city. In 1896 it was bought by the Witwatersrand Council for Education, which was concerned with the education of English speakers in the Dutch-speaking South African Republic. In 1897 the school was renamed Jeppestown Grammar School after the German-born philanthropist Sir Julius Jeppe. The school was closed during the Second Boer War but was reopened soon after by the educationist Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner, and renamed Jeppe High School for Boys and Girls. In 1911 the school moved to its present site in the suburb of Kensington. In 1919 a separate girls' school, Jeppe High School for Girls was formed. Originally playing soccer, it switched to rugby union in the 1930s, and has since produced four Springbok internationals and one international coach. It also has a preparatory school.

School buildings[edit]

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Jeppe High School for Boys has beautiful stone buildings with a prominent facade. The Payne Hall, a stone building with a largely wooden interior, has been declared a National Monument. Within the school is another National Monument; a War Memorial dedicated to those who died in the First World War.

Current administration[edit]

Headmaster | Principal
Mr. Anton Dempsey

Deputy Headmaster | Deputy Principals
Mr. C.J. Purchase
The Reverend M.H. Gill
Mrs. C. Rattray
Mr. D.J. Jackson
Mr. S. Wilson

Extramural activities[edit]

Listed alphabetically according to season

Summer Winter Both
Aquatics (Rowing, Swimming, Water Polo) Athletics Chess
Basketball Cross-Country Choir
Cricket Hockey Debating
Rowing Rugby Emergency Medical Care
Squash Soccer JAM (Jesus and Me)
Table Tennis JJC (Jo'burg Junior Council)
Tennis Pipe Band
Performing Arts
Public Speaking


Jeppe Boys write the Gauteng Department of Education preliminarily examinations and the Department of Education, South Africa final examination via the FET (Further Education Training) board.


In line with the requirements of the Education Department, Jeppe High School for Boys offers the following subjects in the Junior and Senior Phase:

Junior Phase (Grades 8 & 9) Senior Phase (Grades 10 -12)
English X X
Afrikaans X X
IsiZulu X X
Mathematics X X
Mathematical Literacy X
Additional Mathematics X
Natural Science X
Life Science X
Physical Science X
HSS (Human and Social Sciences - History and Geography) X
History X
Geography X
Technology X
Engineering Graphics & Design X
Civil Engineering X
Life Orientation X X
Accounting X
Business Economics X
Physical Education X X
Information Technology X
Art and Culture X
Visual Art X

Prominent Old Boys[edit]

School War Cry[edit]

(Prefects) Ye umpa Zweli (School) She hele bumpa (Prefects) Moshola Zweli (School) Moshola bumpa (Prefects) Be Sha Shulawa shulawa Twa (School) Be Sha Shulawa shulawa Twa (Prefects) Yes WE (School) Yes WA (Prefects) Ye Vum (School) Ye VA (Prefects) Ge Whizz WA (All) JEPPE! JEPPE!

School Song[edit]

  • We belong to Jeppe most proud we are to say
  • Black and white our colours we always will display
  • To these we owe our loyalty and guarantee we will always be
  • Proud members of the Jeppe family
  • Give me a "J"
  • "J"
  • Give me an "E"
  • "E"
  • Give me a "P"
  • "P"
  • Give me a "P"
  • "P"
  • Give me an "E"
  • "E"
  • What you got
  • Who is the best
  • Who do we love


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