Grey College, Bloemfontein

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Grey College
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Grey College school crest
Jock Meiring St,

TypeAll-boys public School
MottoNIHIL STABILE QUOD INFIDUM (Nothing is steadfast if it is not true.)
Established13 October 1855; 166 years ago (1855-10-13)
FounderSir George Grey
Sister schoolEunice High School for Girls
School districtDistrict 9
PrincipalDeon Scheepers (High School)
HeadmasterJurie Geldenhuis (Primary School)
Number of students1,200 boys
LanguageEnglish & Afrikaans
Schedule07:30 – 13:45
CampusUrban Campus
HousesBrill House
Leith House
Murray House
Colour(s)  Gold
The College
AccreditationFree State Department of Education
School feesR70,000 (boarding)
R50,000 (tuiton)
WebsiteGrey College

Grey College (Afrikaans: Grey Kollege) is a semi-private English & Afrikaans medium school for boys situated in the suburb of Universitas in Bloemfontein in the Free State province of South Africa, it is one of the 23 Milner Schools, It's one of the top and most academic schools in the Free State province. The sister school is Eunice High School (Bloemfontein).

Grey College was ranked 1st out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003 and 2013, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.[1]


The school was officially opened on 13 October 1855 and the first headmaster was the Reverend Andrew Murray. It is the third-oldest school in South Africa and the oldest north of the Orange River.[1]

During his presidential inauguration speech in 1896, while addressing learners from Grey College, Marthinus Theunis Steyn mentioned that he envisioned a university for Bloemfontein where youth from all over the country could come and study. He supported the idea that Grey College should provide higher education to the people of the Orange Free State. As a result, the University of the Free State essentially came into existence in 1904 when a tertiary portion of Grey College was allocated for such purpose.[2]

Grey College today[edit]

The school grounds consist of a number of historic buildings, of which five are Free State provincial heritage sites: the Main building and Hamilton Hall,[3] the Andrew Murray House,[4] the Brill House[5] and the Tuck shop.[6]

The school offers a number of scholarships such as the Badawi Legacy scholarship given in partnership with Montpellier Rugby Club to promote rugby, education and French culture.[7] Old Greys donate funds to the Jock Meiring Trust and Bram Fisher Trust, funds used for the administration of school grounds and granting of scholarships.[8]


Grey College has been performing very well on sports during the year.

The sports that are offered in the school are:


Notable alumni[edit]

Sport people[edit]

South Africa national cricket team players
Springbok rugby players


  1. ^ a b "top20highschools". Africa Almanac. Africa Almanac. 1 October 2003. Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2016. The research leading up to the publication of the 100 Best High Schools in Africa began with the launching of the website in December 2000.
  2. ^ Marthinus Theunis Steyn, regsman staatsman en volksman, M.C.E. van Schoor, Protea Boekhuis Pretoria 2009, p. 87
  3. ^ "9/2/302/0056 – Main building and Hamilton Hall, Grey College, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013.
  4. ^ "9/2/302/0057 – Andrew Murray House, Grey College, Jock Meiring Street, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency.
  5. ^ "9/2/302/0058 – Brill House, Grey College, Jock Meiring Street, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency.
  6. ^ "9/2/302/0059 – Tuck shop, Grey College, Jock Meiring Street, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency.
  7. ^ "French Top14 club invest in Grey College". Sport. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Bullied Grey College pupil sent to school with bodyguard". News24. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.

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Coordinates: 29°6′34″S 26°11′48″E / 29.10944°S 26.19667°E / -29.10944; 26.19667