Kimberley Boys' High School

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Kimberley Boys' High School
Kimberley, Northern Cape
South Africa
Type Public & Boarding
Motto Per Labores Ad Honores
Established 1887
Locale Suburban
Principal Graham Steele
Grades 8-12
School color(s) Black and White

Kimberley Boys' High School is a state secondary school or high school situated adjacent to the Honoured Dead Memorial, in the arc between Dalham and Memorial Roads, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa – a site it has occupied since January 1914. The school was founded, along with what would become Kimberley Girls' High School, in 1887, under the name Kimberley Public Undenominational Schools. In July 1970 it gave rise to Kimberley Boys’ Junior School which in turn united with Belgravia Junior School in January 1977 to become what is today Kimberley Junior School.[1]


Kimberley Boys' High School traces its origins to the establishment of the Kimberley Undenominational Schools (a Boys' School and a Girls' School), opened at the Woodley Street Schoolroom on 12 April 1887. The Boys' and Girls' Schools occupied separate wings of a purpose-built school in Lanyon Terrace in Kimberley from 1888 until 1913, when Kimberley Girls' High School moved to its present site in Elsmere Road. Kimberley Boys' High School moved to its present site in January 1914.[1][2]


Episodes in the school’s history have been recounted in Leslie Moult's 1987 centenary book, K.H.Story: a history of Kimberley Boys' High School, relative to the terms of successive headmasters:

  • W.A. Norrie, 1887–1892
  • L.C. Wilkes, 1893–1898
  • H.C. Notcutt, 1899–1903
  • A.H.J. Bourne, 1904–1917
  • O.J.S. Satchell, 1918–1926
  • S.D. Stoops, 1928–1941
  • L.M. Dugmore, 1942–1957
  • Alan Barker, 1958
  • Herbert Pringle Gordon, 1959–1967
  • R.C.H. "Bob" Hart, 1968–1973
  • Alan S. Powell, 1974–1983
  • T.J. Webster, from 1984
  • Hennie van der Mescht [3]
  • John Lobban
  • S Harward
  • Dudley W Daniels 2003-2012
  • Graham R. Steele 2013-

Notable past teachers[edit]

  • A.J.H. Ashworth
  • David H. Sanders
  • Leslie Moult
  • C.D. van Eck[4]

Impacts of War[edit]

Many of the boys of this school volunteered to serve in the armed forces in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, some serving with distinction. A Memorial Library was built in honour of those who lost their lives. Conscripted school-leavers in the second half of the twentieth century acquitted themselves equally well in the South African Defence Force.


Kimberley Boys’ High School celebrated its Centenary Year in 1987.


The junior section of the school, which hived off as Kimberley Boys' Junior School in 1970, subsequently simply Kimberley Junior School, was served by a hostel known as Dugmore House. Leslie Moult who was hostel superintendent was also first headmaster of Kimberley Boys' Junior School.

The senior hostel was Francis Oats House.

Boys attending Boys' High were also housed at Bishop's Hostel, an institution owned by the Anglican Church until 1981 when it was transferred to Boys' High.


Sport has an integral role in the life of KHS where every learner is encouraged to take part in at least one summer and one winter sport. At least sixteen KHS alumni have gone on to represent South Africa in international sport.[5] Alumni who have achieved Springbok status in various sporting codes are listed below.

Sporting codes offered by the school today are: Athletics, Cricket, Cross country, Golf, Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, and Tennis.[5]

The performing arts[edit]

Boys' High School Players[edit]

D.H. Sanders established a tradition of high quality theatrical productions running from 1930 to 1955.[1] Neil Small ran a Performing Arts Group from 1959 to 1962

Later generations - musicals[edit]

Musical theatre flourished from the 1970s under Johan Swart and later Aiden Smith.

The baton was taken up subsequently by Anne Solomon.

Prominent alumni[edit]

School colours and uniform[edit]

The Uniform of Kimberley Boys'High School has traditionally been black and white.

Alumni notable for their sporting achievements[edit]

Kimberley Boys’ High School has produced the following Springboks:[9]

Athletics H. Clark (1956), T.R. Jones (1929)

Barefoot water-skiing G. McEwen (1986), Q. Posthumus (1984).

Bowls J.J. Armstrong (1934), E.A. Williams (1952)

Boxing J. Braine, T. White.

Canoeing D.J. Walker (1980)

Clay pigeon shooting J. Douglas (1961), H.A. Herbert (1962), J.A. Hill (half) (1962), D. Pogieter (1961), R. van der Schyff (half) (1962), C.T.C. Westley (1962), W. Wright (1964).

Cricket Xenophon Balaskas (1930-1939), Ernest Bock (1935), Albert Powell (1899), William Shalders (1899-1907), Ken Viljoen (1930-1949), Pat Symcox (1993-1999).

Cycling J. Billett (1969), R.A. Pressly (manager) (1960), R. Robertson (1954), R. Robinson (1952).

Gymkhana D. Brown (1974-5), K. Brown (1983)

Hockey W. Rosenberg (1964), W. Ubsdell (1956)

Karate H. Humphreys (1970)

Modern pentathlon D. Sterley (1968)

Motor racing B. Olthoff (1968)

Rifle shooting G.W. Church (1924)

Rugby F. Bennetto (reserve), J.S. Braine (1912–13), W. Brune (reserve), W.H. Clarke (1933), W. Cotty (1896), J. de Lany (1912), S.C. de Melcker (1903), Frederick J. Dobbin (1903-1913), J.H. Gage (1925-1927 – also Ireland), A.P. Gericke (1932), B. Gibbs (1903), Ian Kirkpatrick (1953-1961), S.H. Ledger (1912-1913), R.J. Lockyear (1960-1961), J.D. McCulloch (1912-1913), J.J. Meintjies (1912-1913), W.C. Martheze (1903-1907), A.W. Powell (1899), J.M. Powell (1891-1903), J.W.E. Raaff (1903-1910), F.C. Smollen (1933), A van der Hoff (1912-1913), J. van der Schyff (1949)

Show jumping B. Taylor (1986)

Soccer V. Marais (1951)

Tennis F. McMillan (1965)

Weight-lifting D. Benjamin (1981), B. Engelbrecht (1952), J. van Rensburg (1952)

Springbok trialists Cricket: W. Dickens, C. Helfrich, J.E. Waddington Rugby: W. Brune, W.H. Kokkinn, R. Roselt, W. Sendin

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Moult, L. 1987. K.H.Story: a history of Kimberley Boys' High School
  2. ^ McGregor Museum - Walking around old Kimberley (The Belgrave Walking Tour)
  3. ^ Afterwards, Professor of English at Rhodes University - Rhodos: The Rhodes University Community Newsletter vol 21(3), p 2; Account of Hennie van der Mescht's Inaugural Lecture
  4. ^ He was the longest serving teacher in Kimberley Boys High School history. Over 40 years, from 1950 onwards
  5. ^ a b Kimberley Boys’ High School – Sports portfolio
  6. ^ Sanders, D.H. 1990. Memoirs of Mr David H. Sanders. KHS OBU, page 81
  7. ^ The first 100 years - a brief history of National Zoo (Pretoria)
  8. ^ a b Moult, L. 1987. K.H.Story: a history of Kimberley Boys' High School, page 190
  9. ^ Moult, L. 1987. K.H.Story: a history of Kimberley Boys' High School, pages 256-7

Coordinates: 28°44′56″S 24°46′11″E / 28.74889°S 24.76972°E / -28.74889; 24.76972