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Paul Roos Gymnasium

Paul Roos Gymnasium
Paul Roos Gimnasium
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
Funding type Public
Motto Semper Splendidior
(Always Brighter / Always More Splendid)
Established 1866
Rector Jannie van der Westhuizen
Vice-Rector Frans van Niekerk, Werner van Rensburg.
Staff 120
Grades 8-12
Number of students 1200
Colour(s) Maroon, Gold and Navy
Nickname The Roos, The Maroon Machine, PRG.
Rival Grey College
Publication The Semper
Newspaper Concipio
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Paul Roos Gymnasium is a government school for boys in the town of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, founded in 1866 as Stellenbosch Gymnasium.

The school was renamed three times, Stellenbosch Boys High, Victoria College (after the Queen) and in 1940 Paul Roos Gymnasium. Paul Roos, a former captain of the Springbok rugby union team, was himself a former pupil and teacher at the school, and was the school's rector from 1910 to 1940, after which the school was renamed in his honour.


  • Associations and facilities 1
  • Notable attainments 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • Rhodes Scholarship 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Associations and facilities

Though Paul Roos Gymnasium is a school for boys from grade 8 to 12, the curriculum includes some subjects presented in conjunction with the two sister schools, Bloemhof Hoër Meisieskool and Rhenish. The school is dual medium;[1] Afrikaans- and English-speaking pupils study under one roof, but classes are largely separated according to mother tongue. The school shares sport and internet facilities with Stellenbosch University.

School facilities include a library and computer labs.

Sports facilities include hockey fields, the Markötter rugby fields, a swimming pool, an Olympic Waterpolo Aquatic Centre, tennis courts, and a gymnasium.

The main residential facilities are the two school hostels (dormitories) called Prima and Prima Nova. They accommodate some hundreds of boarders, mainly from Southern Africa.

Notable attainments

Paul Roos was classified as a 'prestige' school, being among the best-performing schools.[2] In the first 39 years in which the Chancellor's Medal has been awarded at Stellenbosch University, nine (23%) of the recipients have been Paul Roosers.

Paul Roos has produced more Springbok rugby union rugby players than any other school.[3]

Notable alumni

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship was instituted in 1903, and Paul Roos is one of four schools in South Africa entitled to award a Rhodes Scholarship annually to an ex-pupil to study at the University of Oxford.[5]


  1. ^ Malherbe, Ernst Gideon (1946). The bilingual school: A Study of Bilingualism in South Africa. London: Longmans. p. 122.  
  2. ^ Marking Matric: Colloquium Proceedings, Vijay Reddy, 2006. HSRC Press. [ISBN 0-7969-2116-4]
  3. ^ "Springbok Rugby Hall of Fame: Schools Overall". Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  4. ^ van Onselen, Charles (2003). "The Modernization of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek: F. E. T. Krause, J. C. Smuts, and the Struggle for the Johannesburg Public Prosecutor's Office, 1898-1899." (PDF). Law and History Review (American Society for Legal History) 21 (3): . 483–525.  
  5. ^ Rhodes, Cecil John. "Will and Condicils of the Rt Hon. Cecil John Rhodes." (PDF). Rhodes Trust, University Press Oxford. p. 10. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 

External links

  • Paul Roos official site
  • Western Cape Education Department profile
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