Rhenish Girls' High School

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Rhenish Girls' High School
Koch Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
South Africa
Coordinates33°56′45″S 18°51′31″E / 33.9458°S 18.8586°E / -33.9458; 18.8586Coordinates: 33°56′45″S 18°51′31″E / 33.9458°S 18.8586°E / -33.9458; 18.8586
TypePublic boarding school
(Hebrew for rock or stone of help)
Established1 May 1860
Gradesgrades 8-12
Colour(s)Navy blue and white

Rhenish Girls' High School is a boarding school for girls in Stellenbosch in the province of Western Cape in South Africa. It was founded in 1860, thus making it the oldest girls' school in South Africa.[1]


The school was founded by a German mission on 1 May 1860 for the education of the daughters of the missionaries, and had 8 pupils in its first year. The school grew rapidly, as girls from the wider Stellenbosch community joined the missionaries' daughters (by 1866 47 pupils attended the school)[2] .

After a new site had been developed on farmland next to Krigeville, the high school moved there in 1958, whilst the primary school continued in the old premises on the Braak. The two sites with their separate age groups remained a single school, and celebrated the centenary in 1960.[1]

The primary school moved to the Doornbosch estate in 1984 and turned coeducational in 1985, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the school.[1]

In 1991, the school became one of the first government schools open to all races.[3]

In 2006, a committee called Rhenish 150 was founded to coordinate the 150th anniversary celebrations of the high school.[1] In 2010 they celebrated their 150th Birthday.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Rhenish prepare for their 150th birthday". Eikestad News. Eikestadnuus. 2006-02-17. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  2. ^ The History of Rhenish Girls' High School Archived 18 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-08-29
  3. ^ The History of Rhenish Girls' High School Archived 18 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2007-11-13