Paarl Gimnasium

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Paarl Gimnasium High School


 South Africa
Coordinates 33°43′13″S 18°57′31″E / 33.7203°S 18.9586°E / -33.7203; 18.9586Coordinates: 33°43′13″S 18°57′31″E / 33.7203°S 18.9586°E / -33.7203; 18.9586
Type Public

"Sol Justitae Illustra Nos"

"Sun of Justice, shine upon us"
Established 1858
Principal Eddie Bateman
Gender 1858-1963 boys
Since 1964 coeducational
Color(s) Maroon, gold, and green

Paarl Gimnasium is a high school in South Africa].

Rev. van Lingen founded the school in the centre of town in 1858. The school has had a number of significant sporting achievements and has produced some of South Africa's top rugby players, including Schalk Burger, Jean De Villiers, Marius Joubert, Handré Pollard and De Wet Barry. Other alumni include the theologian Stephanus Jacobus du Toit.[1]

The view of the School Hall during assembly

The primary school section of Gimnasium was founded in 1858 as a Dutch Christian school for boys, with the high school being founded much later. In the mid-1930s the school's language of education shifted to Afrikaans. After the high school section was completed the school enrolled its first female student.

Paarl Gimnasium High School has a large sporting program and takes part in the interschools tournament against Paarl Boys' High School, an event which attracts thousands of spectators every year.

Notable alumni[edit]

Springbok Rugby[edit]

Name Test debut Springbok number
Japie le Roux 10/10/1906 94
Boy de Villiers 17/11/1906 95
Pietie le Roux 24/11/1906 103
Steve Joubert 24/11/1906 110
Gerald Thompson 23/11/1912 142
Attie van Heerden 13/08/1921 152
Pierre de Villiers 30/06/1928 195
xander van der Westhuizen 21/07/1928 203
Manus de Jongh 18/08/1928 205
PK Morkel 01/09/1928 211
Jan Pickard 19/09/1953 301
Hugo van Zyl 26/07/1958 340
Wynand Mans 10/04/1965 398
Schalk Burger (snr) 02/06/1984 535
Kobus Burger 26/08/1989 552
Kobus Wiese 26/06/1993 585
Balie Swart 31/07/1993 595
Chris Rossouw 13/04/1995 624
Mornay Visser 13/04/1995 625
Pieter Rossouw 28/06/1997 652
De Wet Barry 10/06/2000 690
Louis Koen 08/07/2000 693
Marius Joubert 21/07/2001 711
Jean de Villiers 09/11/2002 735
Schalk Burger (jnr) 24/10/2003 754
Handré Pollard 28/06/2014 857


  1. ^ Giliomee, Hermann (2003). "The" Afrikaners: Biography of a People. London: C Hurst & Co. p. 215. ISBN 1-85065-714-9. 

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