Jeppe High School for Girls

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Jeppe High School for Girls is a high school in Johannesburg, South Africa for girls from grades 8 to 12. The school is known colloquially as Jeppe Girls.


Jeppe High School for Girls and the nearby Jeppe High School for Boys were founded in 1890 as a single private Anglican school, St Michael’s College. About twenty-five students were enrolled.

In 1896, the school was financially troubled and was purchased by The Witwatersrand Council for Education. The Council re-opened the school as the Jeppestown Grammar School in April 1897, but the school continued to struggle. On October 1, 1898 a committee of Jeppestown parents pooled their resources and bought the school.

The school closed during the Anglo-Boer War in 1899. After the war, in the first quarter of 1902, the school re-opened as the Jeppestown High School for Boys and Girls.

In July 1919, the girls' school moved into a new red brick building (a structure which now is only the central wing of the present main building).

Headmistresses of Jeppe High School for Girls[edit]

Year Principal
1919 Ellen L Cummins BA (Hons) Oxford
1946 Sylvia G Sprigg MBE BA (Wits)
1949 E Alice Ramsbottom BA
1957 Ailsa M Reid BSc
1974 Jean DE V Schutz BA
1991 Barbara JH Thompson
1997 Beckie R Tobias BA T.TED
2007 Helmien Slabber BA Ed, B Ed Hons, M Ed

2011 Dina Goncalves BSc.H.Dip.Ed


The school motto is Forti Nihil Dificilius, which is Latin and means 'Nothing is too difficult for the brave'.

Prominent Old Girls[edit]

  • Ruth First
  • Prof Isabel Hofmeyr
  • Prof Elizabeth Rankin (née Moir)


Jeppe Girls offers sports programs at both the competitive and the recreational level, including:

Flower Show[edit]

The school holds a flower show each year in the spring.


Students practice traditional African drumming through "Mamela," a student drum group. Drummers in Mamela play djembe, dun-dun, ken keni, and sangban, among other instruments. The students play traditional South African and West African pieces, and also compose their own works.

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