Potchefstroom High School for Boys

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Potchefstroom High School for Boys


North-West, 2531
South Africa
Type British public school
Motto Iustorum Semita Lux Splendens
Established 1905
Head of school J. Van Vuuren
Staff 36 (excluding faculty)
Grades 6-12
Gender male
Number of students 500
Hostels Barnard, Buxton, Granton, Milton
Sports Rugby, Cricket, Hockey
Publications The Mooi

Potchefstroom High School for Boys is a high school situated in Potchefstroom, South Africa. It is one of the oldest schools in South Africa.[1]

Historical Perspective[edit]

School History[edit]

Opened in 1905, it is a boarding school based on the English boarding schools system.[2] Founded by C.D. Hope, the original structure had been built long before and had to close during the Anglo-Boer war. The school-building itself was designed in Cape Dutch architecture design as it was prominent style during those times and has now been declared a local heritage site. There are 3 boarding houses: Granton (1909), Milton (1910) and Buxton, which was built much later. The fourth house, Barnard is the 'Day-Boy' house. These buildings did not follow the traditional Cape Dutch styles and were built more suited to the period they were built in. The school's motto, Iustorum Semita Lux Splendens (Latin), was adapted by the founder C.D. Hope, from Proverbs 4:18, and means "The path of righteousness (alternately: the just) is (as) a shining light."

Past Headmasters[edit]

  • 1905–1926 – C. D. Hope
  • 1927–1940 – F. G. Tyers
  • 1941–1955 – A. D. MacDonald
  • 1956–1975 – W. J. B MacFarlane
  • 1976–1988 – H. D. Ackermann
  • 1988–1994 – T. J. Blake
  • 1994–2009 – M. C. Cartwright
  • 2009 – Present – J. Van Vuuren




The school has a reputation for being sports-orientated as every student is required to participate in at least one sport during each sport's season. A wide variety of sports are offered of which the popular ones include: rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and swimming. Beyond this, each student is then required to do athletics at inter-house level.


The school's cultural activities are run with the school's teaching staff in collaboration with the students, activities such as plays and public speaking occur regularly.


Old Boys Society[edit]

The school's alumni is formed of old school members who join the school's Old Boys Society.[3] This is often referred to as Old Mooi because of the schools close proximity to the Mooi River which bisects the town of Potchefstroom. Among other tasks, the society is responsible for the over-seeing of the school and helps with the SGB (Student Governing Body). The society is also responsible for meetings and student reunions.

Notable alumni[edit]

Some of the recent internationally recognised alumni include:


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