Paarl Boys' High School
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|Paarl Boys' High School|
|Type||Boys' State School|
|Motto||"Tandem Fit Arbor Surculus" - "The Twig Will Eventually Become A Tree"|
|Color(s)||Blue, Navy, Silver|
Paarl Boys' High School, known in Afrikaans as Hoër Jongenskool Paarl (also known as Boishaai, Paarl Boys', built in 1868, BHS or HJS) is one of the oldest schools in South Africa. The school is situated at the heart of Paarl, a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The first headmaster of the school was Rev. George Jeffreys, after him followed James Rettie, Mr J Inglis and the esteemed Mr T. Engela followed by Mr L Knoetze. As of 2007 the headmaster of the school is Mr Derek Swart.
The first building to house the school was a granary on Zeederbergplein, the owner of which was mr. D. Beyers (a close friend to the first headmaster, Rev. Jeffreys). The first years of the school were unstable ones, with the school increasing in size every year, larger facilities were required frequently. The grounds on which the school stands today were originally formed part of the farm Berlyn owned by mr. P.J Malherbe. A certain mr. Molls purchased the farm and donated the land to the school. In 1901 PJ du Pré Le Roux became headmaster. Du Pré Le Roux was the first headmaster to establish the school as a prestigious institution and remained at the reins for over two decades. Mr. Le Roux also saw the construction of the boarding hostels of Monte Bello (1901), Bellevue (1904), Villieria (1907), Berlyn (1908) and Imhoff (1923). The hostels of Berlyn and Villieria were dismantled and were replaced by another hostel, namely Werda.
Paarl Boys' High has featured in the academic merit list of the Western Cape for ten years running and has been featuring in the top ten for the duration as well, making it one of the top academic schools in the province. The school is bilingual, with classes in English and Afrikaans and has been maintaining a 100% pass rate for over a decade. Paarl Boys' High was also named as the best academic school in the Western Cape for 2011.
Each year the school takes part in one of the biggest interschools in South Africa against its arch rival, Paarl Gimnasium High School, Paarl boys won one game in the past ten years. The main event (the u/19A rugby match) attracts over 20 000 spectators to the Faure Street Stadium. The school has produced many Springboks, from legends like Boy Louw,Mannetjies Roux and "Prince of Wings" Carel du Plessis, to more recent players like Corne Krige (former Springbok Captain), and Gurthro Steenkamp. Other sports that are also included in interschools are: field hockey, cricket, swimming, squash, tennis, chess, golf and even debating. Golfing professional, David Frost, also matriculated at Paarl Boys' and continues to make a contribution to golf at the school. Paarl Boys' High School is currently ranked as the third most prestiguous rugby school in South Africa.
Uniform and tradition
The school uniform consists of a light blue shirt adorned with the school coat of arms, grey shorts or trousers, a striped blue and white tie, a dark blue blazer striped with light blue and white. Brown shoes over grey socks are worn as well, the socks are edged at the top with the school tricolour. All grade 8's wear silver buttons on their ties, marking their low ranking in the school. Merit colours are only awarded to matrics and grade 11's who have achieved with distinction on the sporting field, academics or the cultural front. These merit colours differ considerably from the standard uniform, the blazer is solid and deep navy blue in colour, without stripes. The tie is also navy blue and stripeless with the addition of the school crest in silver at the knot. The so-called "full colours" blazer, which is only awarded to those who have attained the top achievement in his field, is adorned with a more prestigious looking badge of the school, which is silver in colour and rests on top of two laurels. The standard "half colours" blazer is the same as the "full colours" blazer, but instead features the normal school badge.
At the beginning of every year just before the start of school all grade 8's take part in a boot-camp style orientation which lasts two days. These grade 8's are put through military drills as well as physical training exercises. The most infamous of these exercises is when they have to climb a section of Paarl Rock whilst carrying logs. This is done in groups and builds group spirit. Other than physical drills, these grade 8's take language and mathematics literacy tests in order to divide them into certain classes. After this "boot camp", the grade 8's go through the year with daily drills for the first 3-6 months depending on the group of grade 8's.
'Neath the far famed rock of granite grey
Stands a school the best all people say
Boys and youths to train and educate
Model men to rear for Church and State
Or for tendered field, for track and sporting ground
And its name and fame throughout the land resound.
For the school, renowned from Berg to Vaal
Is the Boys' High School of Upper Paarl.
Of all the school throughout the land
Alma Mater thou shalt stand.
Supreme and great far o'er the rest
Highly honoured, glorious and blessed.
Aan die voet van Paarlberg gebou
Staan 'n skool aan sy tradisies trou.
Seuns word hier gelei en ook gebrei
Tot 'n skone toekoms voorberei
Deur op allerlei terreine uit te blink,
Het sy roem en eer oor heel ons land weerklink
En met trots van Suid tot oor die Vaal
Word die HJS se roem herhaal.
Van al die skole, ryk aan faam
Alma Mater bly jou naam
Voortreflik groot deur roemryk werk
Bly verrig tot heil van Staat en Kerk.