Jeppe High School for Boys

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Jeppe High School for Boys
JeppeHighSchool crest.jpg
Good Hope & Roberts Avenue
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 2101
 South Africa
Coordinates 26°12′0″S 28°5′58″E / 26.20000°S 28.09944°E / -26.20000; 28.09944Coordinates: 26°12′0″S 28°5′58″E / 26.20000°S 28.09944°E / -26.20000; 28.09944
Type Public & Boarding
Motto "Forti Nihil Diffilcilius"
Established 1890
Founder Sir Julius Jeppe
School board National Senior Certificate
School district D9
School number GDE No. 130633
Principal Anton Dempsey
Grades 812
Enrollment 950
Average class size 33
Color(s) Black      White      Gold     
Song [Jeppe School Song]
Rivals King Edward VII School, Parktown Boys' High School
School fees R22 500
Affiliation International Boys' Schools Coalition
Alumni Jeppe Old Boys
Dayboy Houses Duiker, Eland, Impala, Koodoo, Roan
Boarding Houses Oribi, Tsessebe, Sable

Jeppe High School for Boys is a public secondary school is located in Kensington, a suburb of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, one of the 23 Milner Schools.

The school's motto is the Latin Forti nihil difficilius, meaning "Nothing is too difficult for the brave", also translated as "For the brave, nothing is too difficult". Jeppe High School for Boys is the oldest known school in Johannesburg.


St. Michael's College was the predecessor of all the Jeppe Schools. This was an Anglican private school on the corner of Commissioner and Crowns Street in Fairview. There were 25 students when the school first opened. The headmaster of the school was Rev. H B Sidwell. His successor was Rev. George Perry, in 1891.[1]

The buildings of the college and the site on which its grounds lay were bought by the Witwatersrand Council for education, in 1896, as the school was struggling to function. The school was re-opened, in April 1897, by the council as Jeppestown Grammar School. 15 boys enrolled into the school and the first headmaster of the school was Mr. H Hardwick. However, financial issues of the school forced the council to reduce its disbursement. As a result, Mr. Hardwick and the rest of the schools staff were given notice. On the 1st of October, 1898, a group of Jeppestown parents bought th school from the council for £2 500. the staff had been replaced, but Mr. Hardwick remained the headmaster of the school.[1]

In 1899, the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War forced the school to close down. the amount of students slowly decreased. Mr. Harwick left in 1899, in September.[1]

The school re-opened, after the war, as Jeppestown High School for Girls and Boys. The land was donated by Sir Julius Jeppe.[1] It was opened in the same building of the Grammar School, and was one of the first co-educational schools, opened by the Transvaal Education Department (T.E.D). The precise date of the re-opening is unknown. it is believed to be during the first quarter of the year 1902, as a letter sent to the Department of education by the school about the teachers being unwilling to teach under the conditions of the unfinished building as well as there not being enough space for the number of children, was sent on April 9 of that year.[1]

The Parents' Committee experienced financial hardships at the same time of the school's construction. In September 1902, the Education Department was presented with an ultimatum, which stated that either they purchase the premises or vacate it, by October that year. The Public Works Department advised for. Purchase to be made, until a new school building could be constructed.[1]

The new headmaster of the school, in 1902, was Mr. C D Hope He remained headmaster until he left in 1904 to found a fellow " Milner School" Potchefstroom High School for Boys. He was succeeded by Mr. J H Payne, who became a staff member in 1902 and remained headmaster until his death, in 1917, during his service in the First World War. (170 boys and staff members lost their lives to the border conflicts and two World Wars)[1] Mr. Payne acquired the building that the Jeppe Boys students currently occupy.[2]

By 1912 the new school's grounds were not sufficient enough for the accumulating number of pupils at the school. Due to the boys out-numbering the girls, and pressure from the Governing Body of the school, who were against the co-educational system of the school, it was decided that the girls would be moved to another premises.[3] The split would occur in 1919.[4]:339

When Johannesburg celebrated its centenary, in 1986, the main building of Jeppe High School for Boys, as well as the First World War Memorial, were declared national monuments.[1]

Current administration[edit]

Headmaster | Principal

  • Mr. Anton Dempsey

War Memorial[edit]

A dome built near the main entrance of the school is one of the prominent facades of the school building. One side of the dome is used for "recruiting" and the other as the school museum. Alongside the dome, names of boys who died during the war while still attending the school can be found. The dome also features a plinth with the names of staff and pupils who lost their lives in The Great War. Mr. James Humphrey Allen Payne, who was a headmaster at the school, died of a fever in 1917 while serving in the war. The second hall in the school is named after him.

When the school celebrated its centenary in 1986, the First World War Memorial, which was opened by field Marshall Jan Smuts, was declared a national monument. [5]

Jeppe war memorial.jpg

Buildings and Facilities[edit]


In 1912, Oribi House, the oldest hostel, was built. In 1916, Tsessebe House occupied Friedenheim, Sir Julius Jeppe's home. During the Anglo-Boer War, Friedenheim was used as British Headquarters and was owned by Sir Abe Bailey. In the early 1960s, Friedenheim was declared unsafe to occupy and was demolished. Roan House and Sable House are the oldest buildings on the property.[1]

Main Gates[edit]

The main gates to the school are dedicated to FWB von Linsingen and AS Dashwood who were both killed in action Bardia on 31 December 1941.

World War II Rolls of Honour[edit]

Two World War II plaques are situated in the foyer of the school's main hall. These contain the names of Jeppe pupils who died in action while still attending the school.

Jeppe High School for Boys Association[edit]

Created in 2009, the JBA is an Old Boys association which aims to link past pupils of the school as well as those in the community who have supported the school. The association assists with reunions and fundraising in the school, as well as providing scholarships to underprivileged scholars.


Jeppe Boys write the Gauteng Department of Education preliminarily examinations and the Department of Education, South Africa final examination via the FET (Further Education Training) board. They are also offered the opportunity to partake in Advanced Programme mathematics, which is written separately under the IEB


Jake White Scholarship Fund

The Jake White Scholarship, named after Jake White who was a pupil at the school from Grade 8 to Grade 12, aims to brand all sports scholarships at the school under this fund.

White, who is a former Springbok and IRB World Cup Winning Coach, and Jeppe old boy, was a prominent figure in the Springboks' victory in 2007 during the Rugby World Cup.

Theo Jackson Scholarship Fund

The Theo Jackson Scholarship Fund, established by Dale and Craig Jackson in 2006 in honour of their late father, Theo Jackson, is a separate scholarship within the JBA association. The scholarship aims to grant scholarships to boys of all races and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Recipients of the scholarship are not chosen based on academic or sporting excellence but rather on strength of character and the will to succeed despite a disadvantaged background.

100 Club

The 100 Club, formed in 2004, aims to improve sports, academics, facilities and infrastructure at Jeppe Boys through donations from Jeppe old Boys.

Extramural activities[edit]

Listed alphabetically according to season

Summer Winter Both
Aquatics (Rowing, Swimming, Water Polo) Athletics Chess
Basketball Cross-Country Choir
Cricket Hockey Debating
Rowing Rugby Emergency Medical Care
Squash Soccer JAM (Jesus and Me)
Table Tennis JJC (Jo'burg Junior Council)
Tennis Pipe Band
Performing Arts
Public Speaking


Jeppe Boys write the Gauteng Department of Education preliminarily examinations and the Department of Education, South Africa final examination via the FET (Further Education Training) board.


In line with the requirements of the Education Department, Jeppe High School for Boys offers the following subjects in the Junior and Senior Phase:

Junior Phase (Grades 8 & 9) Senior Phase (Grades 10 -12)
English X X
Afrikaans X X
IsiZulu X X
Mathematics X X
Mathematical Literacy x
Advanced Programme Mathematics X
Natural Science X
Life Science X
Physical Science X
HSS (Human and Social Sciences – History and Geography) X
History X
Geography X
Technology X
Engineering Graphics & Design X
Civil Engineering X
Life Orientation X X
Accounting X
Business Economics X
Physical Education X X
Information Technology X
Art and Culture X
Visual Art X

School buildings[edit]

Jeppe war memorial.jpg

Jeppe Boys has stone buildings with a prominent facade. The Payne Hall, a stone building with a largely wooden interior, has been declared a national monument. Within the school is another national monument; a war memorial dedicated to those who died in the First World War.

Prominent Old Boys[edit]

School War Cry[edit]

(Prefects): Ye umpa Zwelis
(School): She hele bumpa
(Prefects): Moshola Zweli
(School): Moshola bumpa
(Prefects): Be Sha Shulawa shulawa Twa
(School): Be Sha Shulawa shulawa Twa
(Prefects): Yes WE
(School): Yes WA
(Prefects): Ye Vum
(School): Ye VA
(Prefects): Ge Whizz WA
(All): JEPPE!

School Song[edit]

We belong to Jeppe most proud we are to say
Black and white our colours we always will display
To these we owe our loyalty and guarantee we will always be
Proud members of the Jeppe family
Give me a "J"
Give me an "E"
Give me a "P"
Give me a "P"
Give me an "E"
What you got
Who is the best
Who do we love


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  3. ^ "Jeppe High School for Girls —". Jeppe High School for Girls. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
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  5. ^ [1] War Memorial
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  15. ^ "Des Sinclair page at Springbok Rugby Hall of Fame". Retrieved 27 September 2015. 

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