Grey College, Bloemfontein
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|Grey College Primary & Secondary Schools|
|Bloemfontein, Free State
|Type||All-Boys Public School|
|Motto||NIHIL STABILE QUOD INFIDUM (Nothing is steadfast if it is not true.)|
|Grades||0 - 12|
|Boarding Houses||Murray, Brill, Leith|
Grey College is a public school for boys located in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa, one of the 23 elite, historically significant and prestigious Milner Schools. Grey College is not to be confused with Grey High School in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
Grey College was ranked 1st out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.
Grey College was founded on 13 October 1855 when Sir George Grey, the then Governor of the Cape Colony, paid a visit to the Orange Free State Republic and donated a sum of money towards the establishment of an institution for higher education. The foundation stone was laid by Jacobus Nicolaas Boshoff, the second President of the Orange Free State Republic, on 13 October 1856.
Afrikaans- and English-speaking pupils study under one roof, but each language group is educated in separate classrooms and in its own mother tongue.
The college first accepted matriculants for a full B.A. course in 1904. In 1906 the tertiary part of Grey College became known as the Grey University College (GUC), but shortly thereafter the school and college separated. GUC grew and evolved into the institution now called the University of the Free State.
Grey College today
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, the Andrew Murray House, the Brill House and the Tuck shop.
Extensive sport facilities includes a recently upgraded Olympic-sized swimming pool, a field hockey astro, a shooting range, a new squash court and several hockey, soccer, cricket and rugby fields. The school also has 16 all-weather tennis courts.
The school celebrated its 150th jubilee during October 2005, when numerous alumni visited their alma mater. The current headmaster at the High School is Deon Scheepers and the headmaster of the Primary School is Jurie Geldenhuys. A Museum which houses memorable artifacts, such as old rugby jerseys, and paintings, was unveiled in 2005. Each year on 13 October many old-boys hold a reunion.
In 2001 the school won the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament.
A trademark of the school is the unique handshake, widely recognized and used by students, old boys and members of staff.
Old Greys donate funds to the Jock Meiring Trust, a fund used for the administration of schoolgrounds and granting of scholarships.
- Etienne Leroux, Influential Afrikaans author and a key member of the South African Sestigers literary movement.
- Gerrie Fourie, CEO Capitec Bank
- At Boshoff, Head Pastor of Christian Revival Church, and Senior Executive of the International Federation of Christian Churches
- Louis Brabow, rugby player.
- Heinrich Brüssow, Springboks rugby player
- Hansie Cronje, former South African cricket captain, whose ashes are kept at the school
- Johan Cronje, South African Olympic Athlete
- Naka Drotské, Rugby World Cup winning Springbok
- Bismarck du Plessis, current Sharks and Springboks rugby player
- Jannie du Plessis, current Sharks and Springboks rugby player; Bismarck's older brother
- Morne du Plessis, former Springboks captain and member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame
- Wian du Preez, Springbok rugby player
- Denis Earp, former chief of the South African Air Force
- Bram Fischer, anti-apartheid activist and advocate for Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial
- Johan Goosen, Springbok rugby player
- Steve Hofmeyr, South African singer, songwriter and actor
- Ruben Kruger, Rugby World Cup winning Springbok
- Ollie le Roux, former Springbok rugby player
- Tiaan Liebenberg, Springbok rugby player
- Ryan McLaren, South African cricket player who also played for Kent and Mumbai Indians
- Pieter Muller, former Springbok rugby player
- Ryk Neethling, Olympic gold medalist swimmer
- Coenie Oosthuizen, Springbok rugby player
- Ruan Pienaar, current Ulster and Springboks rugby player
- Deneys Reitz, a Boer soldier, South African soldier in the First World War,and politician.
- Deon Stegmann, Springbok rugby player
- Francois Steyn, Former Racing Metro, Current Sharks and Springboks rugby player
- Martinus Theunis Steyn, president of the Orange Free State
- Adriaan Strauss, Springbok rugby player
- Richardt Strauss, Ireland international rugby player; cousin of Adriaan
- Popeye Strydom, former Springbok rugby player
- Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO
- CJ van der Linde, Springbok rugby player
- Flip van der Merwe, Springbok rugby player
- Pierre van Ryneveld, founding commander of the South African Air Force
- L.J. van Zyl, South African and Commonwealth Games champion in the 400m
- Kepler Wessels, former South African cricket captain
- Wayde van Niekerk, South African Athlete
- "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.
- "9/2/302/0056 - Main building and Hamilton Hall, Grey College, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency.
- "9/2/302/0057 - Andrew Murray House, Grey College, Jock Meiring Street, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency.
- "9/2/302/0058 - Brill House, Grey College, Jock Meiring Street, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency.
- "9/2/302/0059 - Tuck shop, Grey College, Jock Meiring Street, Bloemfontein". South African Heritage Resources Agency.
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