Queen's College (South Africa)

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Queen's College Boys' High School
Queen's College Boys' High School is located in Eastern Cape
Queen's College Boys' High School
Queen's College Boys' High School
Queen's College Boys' High School is located in South Africa
Queen's College Boys' High School
Queen's College Boys' High School
Coordinates31°53′21″S 26°52′36″E / 31.88917°S 26.87667°E / -31.88917; 26.87667Coordinates: 31°53′21″S 26°52′36″E / 31.88917°S 26.87667°E / -31.88917; 26.87667
Former nameProspect House Academy, Public School for Boys, Queenstown Grammar School
TypeAll-boys Public School
MottoLatin Esse Quam Videri ("To be, rather than to seem to be")
FounderMr. CE Ham
StatusGovernment subsidised, fee paying public school
OversightSchool Governing Body
ChairmanAllister van Schoor
HeadmasterJanse van der Ryst (1 January 2018)
Grades8 - 12
Enrollment575 pupils


Colour(s)Black, Old Gold,and White             
RivalDale College, Selborne College
YearbookThe Queen's Quire

Queen's College Boys High School, commonly referred to as Queen's College or simply 'QC', is a fee paying, boys only, public school in the Eastern Cape town of Komani. Established in 1858,[2] it is the oldest school in the Border region and among the 100 oldest schools in South Africa.[2]


Queen's College started as Prospect House Academy when Mr CE Ham first opened the doors to his school on the 21 April 1858 at 6 Shepstone Street in Queenstown. The school was situated in an outbuilding on the property and consisted of a single room with a mud floor and holes in the wall for ventilation. The enrollment had reached 30 boys by 1859 and was also known as the Queenstown District School.[3] It was in receipt of a government grant of ₤50, backdated to initial opening of the school.[3] From inception the school offered boarding facilities, in the home of Mr Ham, conveniently situated directly across the road from the schoolhouse.

In 1864, a dispute regarding financial support for the school by the district council, led to the abrupt closure of the school by Mr Ham and he ceased teaching in order to open a general store in the town. Boys returning from their holiday in July 1864 discovered that their school house had been let to another tenant and their schoolmaster had become a haberdasher.[4] Public concern was such that a committee was formed, which decides that St Michael's Grammar School should assume the mantle of Prospect House Academy by accepting the status of a government-aided school. The resulting amalgamated school becomes the Public School for Boys and classes are held in a billiard hall.[5]

It was only in 1910 that the school was renamed Queen's College.




South Africa[edit]
  • Allan Beswick, 49th Rugby Springbok[1]
  • Jimmy White, 217th Rugby Sprngbok[1]
  • Dick Muir, 642nd Rugby Springbok[1], Springbok Assistant Coach 2008 – present (1982)
  • Robbi Kempson, 669th Rugby Springbok[1] (1992)
  • Kaya Malotana, 687th Rugby Springbok[1] (1994)
  • Rocco Jansen, Emerging Springboks Rugby (2004)
  • Lionel Cronjé, South Africa U20 Player of the year 2009 (2007)
  • S'bura Sithole, South African Sevens Rugby (2008)
Other Countries[edit]
  • Owen Lentz, American Rugby International (1998)
  • Carlo Del Fava, Italian Rugby International (1998)
  • Allan Dell, South African U20 Rugby, Scottish Rugby International, British & Irish Lions Rugby (2010)


Other Sports[edit]

  • Glen Dell, Advanced World Aerobatic Champion in 2004 and Red Bull Air Race competitor (1974)





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  4. ^ Veitch, Neil, (2008). Queen's College, 1858-2008 : in this, her honour. [Queenstown, South Africa]. p. 35. ISBN 9780620404389. OCLC 1011514036.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
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