Grey High School
|Grey High School|
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape|
|Type||All-boys public school|
|Motto||Tria Juncta in Uno ('Three joined in one')|
|Rector||Mr. Chris Erasmus (2018-)|
|Grades||8 - 12|
|Houses||Lang, Vipan, Noaks, Thurlow, Johnson, Merriway(Boarding House)|
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
The school was founded by John Paterson, and named after Sir George Edward Grey, Governor of Cape Colony for the period 5 December 1854 – 15 August 1861. Sir George founded Grey College, Bloemfontein in 1855, and Auckland Grammar School (Auckland, New Zealand) in 1850. The motto of Grey High School is Tria Juncta in Uno meaning 'three joined in one — mind, body and spirit', from the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, of which Sir George Grey was created a Knight Commander in 1848.
The school today
There are over 850 boys including 100 boarders. The school celebrated its 150th jubilee in 2006. The Grey Institute also includes the attached Grey Junior School with almost 800 pupils. The school is under the rectorship of Mr. Chris Erasmus as of 2018 academic year. The school has a governing body and is a former "Model C" school in South African schooling terminology.
Quad Races Inspired by the film Chariots of Fire which deals with the rivalry between two famous Olympic athletes, Grey High School had both the cloisters and the necessary clock tower to perform this and thus created its own version of a "Quad Race", held annually.
Matric students (final year school leavers) participate in time trials and the two most athletic qualifiers are chosen to compete in the race. They then toss for position, the winner usually choosing the inside lane. They wait for the four quarters to strike on the clock tower before they are set off by the Rector on the first strike of the chimes. They begin the race directly in front of the war memorial and they run in an anti-clockwise direction. They race against each other as well as against the ten chimes which take approximately 20 seconds to ring. The record stands to the name of past staff member, Greg Miller, with a time of 19.8 seconds. He is one of very few who have beaten the clock.
Robert Selley Memorial Concert The Selley Concerts were inaugurated in 1986 in conjunction with the Founder’s Day celebrations. The Selley Concerts recognises the contribution Robert Selley’s made to the school's music department. The event is hosted annually in the Feathermarket Centre, on the second Wednesday evening in May. The Grey Symphonic Winds, conducted by Grey High's Director of Music, Mr. Shawn Lyon, performs first, wearing the "reds" uniform.
The Old Grey Band is included in the evening's program usually every second year, and consists of old Greys of any age with musical experience who wish to be part of the show. The last time the Old Grey Band took to the stage was in 2015. The Grey Junior School Concert Band, conducted by Mr. Jeff Taylor, forms part of the show. The Grey Voices represents the school's choir, for which Mrs. Ruth Lyon is the teacher and conductor. The Grey String Orchestra precedes the Grey Orchestra and is conducted by Mrs. Marliza Taylor. The Grey Orchestra is the final ensemble to perform under the direction of Mr. Shawn Lyon. The concert concludes with the school song, "The Grey".
Trooping the Colour Ceremony performed by senior members of the Cadet Detatchment, mostly matrics. First performed in 1938.
The house system at Grey High School has a combination of day scholar houses and boarding scholar houses . There are five day-boy houses and two boarder houses, although the boarder houses are collectively seen as one house known as Meriway. The houses compete against each other in events which include academics for points for the Inter House Shield.
|Noaks House||Green||Motto: Fortior Qui Se Vincit (The Man who is Better, Restrains Himself)||Mr Marc Brown|
|Johnson House||Yellow||Motto: Servabo Fidem (Translation: I Shall Protect the Faith)||Mr Richard Gilbert|
|Meridith House||Black||Motto: Fratos Mortem||Mr Gerhard Hills|
|Way House||Red||Mr Gerhard Hills|
|Thurlow house||Blue||Motto: Justitia Soror Fides (Translation: Justice is the Companion of Faith)||Mr Allan Miles|
|Lang House||White||Mr Ryan Laurie|
|Vipan House||Purple||Motto: Vi et Armis (Translation: By Force and With Arms)||Mr Louis du Plessis|
 The school offers 13 sports - athletics, rugby, hockey, rowing, swimming, water polo, cricket, tennis, squash, air-rifle shooting, golf and cross-country, with the exception being association football, which is not offered.
- Assembly Hall
- 3 x Computer laboratories
- Remedial computer laboratory
- Engineering and Graphics Design computer laboratory
- Lecture rooms equipped with audio-visual facilities
- 2 x Physical Science Laboratories
- 2 x Natural Sciences Laboratories
- Heated indoor swimming pool (25m)
- 2 Floodlit heated outdoor water-polo pools
- Floodlit Water-Based Astroturf
- 4 All-Weather Clay courts
- 2 squash courts
- 1 cricket oval
- 3 cricket fields
- 1 grass hockey field
- 4 Rugby fields
- Weights room
- Ergo room
- Indoor basketball court
- 2 outdoor basket ball courts
- Physiotherapist room*
- 2 x Rehearsal auditoriums
- Art Room
- Centenary Pavilion
- Mosenthal Pavilion
- Edkins Quadrangle
- Memorial Quadrangle
Grey is the only school in Port Elizabeth to offer rowing as a sport. Grey's rowing boats are named after the wives of previous rectors at the school.
The school's rowing clubhouse is situated in Redhouse, which lies along the edge of the Swartkops River. It is here where Grey rowers train and practice their on-water skills. When not on the river, the boys may make use of the ergo room and school gym on campus to increase their cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance and muscular strength.
The school year begins with an annual rowing camp, where new members of the club are taught rowing techniques and rules. With the first rowing competition in a matter of weeks, the camp creates an opportunity for coaches to ensure the crews are ready to race.
2014 has seen the club travel to Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria in order to race, with the latter being SA Schools Championships. Also in 2014, two U16 boys were selected to represent South African Schools Rowing in Belgium and returned with gold and silver medals.
- JR Macleish (1859–1861)
- J Samuel (1862)
- Rev Henry Isaac Johnson (1863–1872)
- John Thurlow (1874–1884)
- Edward Noaks (1885–1892)
- William Chubb Meredith (1893–1910)
- William Archer Way (1911–1928)
- James Lang (1928–1942)
- Bruce C Gordon (1943–1957)
- Owen Burnet Taylor (1958–1962)
- Stanford Edward Edkins (1963–1976)
- Gustav Dieter Pakendorf (1977–1992)
- Roy Lawrence Simpson (1993–2001)
- Neil Russell Crawford (2001–2017)
- Chris Erasmus (2018-)
- Mark Bartels, CEO of StumbleUpon
- Curwin Bosch, South Africa Under-20 and Sharks rugby player
- Johan Botha, South African cricketer
- David Callaghan, South African cricketer
- Mike Catt, former England rugby player
- Rear Admiral (JG) Derek Christian, Commandant of the South African Military Academy
- Cliff Drysdale, 1972 US Open Tennis doubles champion as well as a number of other singles and doubles championships; represented South Africa in the Davis Cup
- Rory Duncan, former Free State Cheetahs rugby player, current Director of Rugby and Currie Cup head coach
- JJ Engelbrecht, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Springbok rugby player
- David Fanning, executive producer of the multiple award-winning Frontline, the longest running documentary investigative show in the United States
- Vivian Frederick Maynard FitzSimons, leading herpetologist and Director of the Transvaal Museum
- Wayne Graham, South Africa hockey, 1996 Olympic games
- Rear Admiral Robert Higgs, Flag Officer Fleet, South African Navy
- Ian Howell, International cricket umpire
- Steven Hunt, South African Rugby 7s player
- Barry Jordan, M.Mus., appointed as organist and choral director of the Magdeburg Cathedral in Germany in August 1994
- Siya Kolisi, DHL Stormers and Springbok rugby player
- Paul Lavender, South African artist
- David Maynier, South African parliamentarian, shadow minister of defence
- David Nosworthy, South African cricketer and coach of the Nashua Titans, Highveld Lions and Canterbury Wizards
- Wayne Parnell, South African cricketer, Warriors cricket player and South African U19 Cricket Captain
- Kevin Paul, swimmer, gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Paralympics for men's 100m breaststroke SB9, breaking the world record
- Sergeal Petersen, South Africa Under-20 and Free State Cheetahs rugby player
- Junior Pokomela, South Africa Under-20 and Free State Cheetahs rugby player
- Graeme Pollock, former South African cricketer
- Peter Pollock, former South African cricketer
- Atholl Henry Mc Kinnon, former South African cricketer
- Jan Serfontein, Bulls and Springbok rugby player
- Barry Smith, Organist Emeritus, St George's Cathedral, Cape Town; former Associate Professor, Faculty of Music, UCT
- Rory Stear, founder of Freeplay Energy; member of the executive committee of the council of the Schwab Foundation for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs, which is affiliated with the World Economic Forum
- Pieter Strydom, South African cricketer
- Rusty Theron, South African cricketer
- Michael van Vuuren, Bath Rugby and former South Africa Under-20 rugby player
- Keanu Vers, South African schools national rugby team, South Africa national under-20 rugby union team and Eastern Province Kings player
- Jeremy Ward, South Africa Under-20 and Sharks rugby player
- Luke Watson, former Springbok rugby player, former Western Province, Stormers and Eastern Province Kings captain
- Tim Whitehead, former Natal Sharks, Western Province, and Eastern Province Kings rugby player
- Eric Lloyd Williams, journalist and war correspondent
- Peter Williams, South African former Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer who set a world record in the 50 metre freestyle.
Grey Cycle Tour
The Grey Cycle Tour 2008 was a cycle around the country of South Africa completed by seven students from the Grey High School. All the funds raised went to the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC). The idea of the Grey Cycle Tour was to include young people in the fight against cancer. The total distance traveled was 2300 km. In total, R580,000 was raised.
In the media
- "History of The Grey". Grey High School. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
- Young, John. The Spirit of the Tower. Grey High School and Grey Junior School, 2006, p. 208.
- "House Masters".
- Magdeburger Dommusik website
- Ogilvie, Grania (1988) The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors. Everard Read p. 368
- "The World's Strictest Parents". Seven Network. July 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- Markman, Ivor (2008-01-21). "Joyous welcome as fundraising cyclists return to Grey". The Herald Online. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
- Top 20 Schools in Africa