The Jeppe High Schools

In South Africa, there are two schools named after, uh, someone of the same name: the Jeppe High School for Boys and the equivalent for females, the Jeppe High School for Girls.

Interesting. Have to find out more.

Sir Julius Jeppe

Well, here we go.

According to the Jeppe High School for Boys’ website, the school was named after Sir Julius Jeppe who immigrated from Germany to South Africa in 1870. He was knighted in 1922, and died in 1929. Sir Julius went to South Africa as a gold digger, but the land he had bought proved to have no gold in it. So he developed it into a township, Jeppestown, which now seems to be a suburb of Johannesburg.

Interestingly, information on this is very limited. I guess South Africa’s presence on the Web isn’t that great…

Update, May 13th 2005: Found some information on Johannesburg’s official website


It looks like by now (August 2005), Wikipedia also has an article about the Jeppe High Schools.

Update, December 29th 2005: I was so free as to grab the badge / coat of arms of the high schools here to lighten up the post a little.

180 thoughts on “The Jeppe High Schools

  1. I attended JHS for Boys in the 70s when we lived in South Africa, and I do not recall a place called Jeppestown. As you may know both Jeppes are situated in Kensington. Afraid I ca’t say anyhting positive about the school as I hated my time there as much as I disliked the country

    1. oh dear!…..hate is an ugly word, I live in London now from Johannesburg and this is not a “party” full of nasty people and SCHOOL KIDS THAT CANNOT BEHAVE AND THEY CANT SPELL OR EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH (english kids) and
      the lying and cheating is shocking…………………………….
      kids need a good deal of discilpline…a good hiding in fact…
      SOUTH EAST LONDON……………………………..

    2. You get two kinds of boys that go/went to Jeppe high, you get the Jeppe boy, and you get the boy who went to Jeppe. I’m sue neither Jeppe nor South Africa misses you

    3. I remember Michael Clark quite well as we were in Std 6, 7 & 7 together. Michael wasn’t the sort to take things lying down and two teachers namely Miss Katzman and Warren Boden ended up paying a small price in pride. I was the registration monitor when Michael was sent to the front of school as he wasn’t well. Warren Boden (Beaky) picked on numerous boys including Michael for whatever reason. When I arrived with Michael Beaky didn’t listen and threatened to have Michael taken to have his hair cut. Michael stood his ground and told Beaky he was a bully and to get off his case. I couldn’t believe it. Beaky was speechless and ordered Michael back to class who later that day went home ill. Beaky never never spoke to him again. Miss Katzman once sent a group of boys to be caned for not having their homework including Michael. Miss Katzman conveniently changed the due date for some homework. While the boys went along and took the punishment Michael refused to bend. Mr Hoffmeyer called in Miss Katzman to explain. She later apologized to the class for her mistake. Michael Clark was a strong character and also a leading player in the u14 and Colts hockey and indeed served as captain. I believe he went on to Studywell Tutorial College where he excelled and left SA in the late 70s.

      1. I wonder if this was/is the same Warren Boden i went to school with at the Ursuline Convent in Randfontein? Seem to remember him as a bit of a bully and his pal Ronnie Hall was worse 8((

    4. I matriculated from Jeppe Girls in 2002. In the early post-apartheid it was a place that was struggling to integrate non-white students. There were teachers, such as Mrs Engelbrecht who would blatantly bully non-white students and make racist remarks during classes. I am currently doing a PhD in social science, and can say that institutionally entrenched racism with this former “white girls club” may have done a lot of damage to many young teenagers, for whom the lesson of racial bias and oppression seemed to come too early. The saddest part is that the voices of bullied students were silenced by the deputy headmistress, one Miss Ringer. I sincerely hope that there is some semblance of critical thinking and empathic engagement around the legacy of apartheid, in a school that once was once incapable of critical self-reflection. How much they meant when they said that “All we see is black and white”.

  2. That’s alright Michael, not only do all high schools suck (at least to their own students), I don’t think I feel any kind of bond with those schools. At any rate, Jeppestown may be an old name – it is listed as a “forgotten” suburb on the site. Information online is really scarce. I just found it quite amusing and a bit interesting, because there is no small chance that the Jeppes of South Africa are – very – distant relatives of the Jeppes here in Germany.

  3. I matriculated from Jeppe Girls (ps the girls school is not just the female equivalent to the boys school! they might be better known known for their sports, but we kick their ass academically and culturly!) last year and just wanted to say that i had such a blast there and that the Jeppe family bond is amazing and strong. Sorry Michael.

  4. A very good mate of mine went to Jeppe Boys’ High, and he was quite proud of the place. It has a magnificent sporting record across many sports, especially cricket, hockey and rugby. Yes, Jeppestown no longer exists as a suburb (in Johannesburg), but it certainly did exist, once upon a time. In fact, the school used to be called the Jeppestown Grammar School. Sir Julius Jeppe was a Randlord who made an enormous fortune during the latter part of the 19th century. Nils, nice to see a man who appreciates his heritage. Cheers, Matthew Marwick, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

  5. I also went to Jeppe girls they were the best years of my life. Both of my aunts, my mom, my dad, my brother, my husband, and a great aunt went to the schools. With SA being such a young country, Jeppe schools are one of the few places were there is great tradition. I am proud to be a Jeppe girl. I am only thirty and I still remember Jeppestown, I don’t think it is there anymore but have heard my gran talking of it. It was a wealthy area from what I can remember just easr of Joburg.I used to travel a great distance to the school so as to be at a good school and not one of the local sub-standard ones.

    1. Hi I too went to Jeppe Prep and Jeppe Girls High. My mother also went to both schools. I attended 1958-1964 Jeppe Prep and 1965-1968 Jeppe Girls High and my mum would have been there about 1934/5 to and would have gone to jeppe girls high about 1940/1/2. My name was Sharon Shapiro and my mothers Lilly Segill. I would love to hear from anyone who may have been there the same time or even some photos from back then. I now live in Australia.

      1. Hello Sharon.

        You finished at the prep in the year I started and the following year they demolished the beautiful old building.

        Do you perhaps have any photo’s of the old prep school?

        Look forward to hearing from you.

        Charles Alfonso

        1. Hi Charles, yes I do have a couple of photos. On Facebook look for jeppe prep school and you will se my posts there. hope you can find it. Best wishes Sharon

        2. yes I have got a couple of pictures. If you find Jeppe Prep School on Facebook you will be able to see the posts I put there. Best wishes Sharon

      2. Hi Sharon I was in your class Trevor Myburgh at Jeppe Prep fro Std 1 to Std 5 the teacher I think was Miss Vino or van Dee Merwe

  6. Hey im a former student from jeppe high school i cant say too many good things for it as i was a border jiz in 2003 where i was in grade 9 im only 16 now because i moved over here to scotland one thing i can say bout the school is the history and pride that surrounds it which is more than i can say for the schools here in scotland, oh by the way I was in the Tsessebe house cant say i liked the bording school too much im sure you know that thats 1 of the 2 remaining out of the four houses i believe the school is on a downward spiral as the discipline is shocking and the hostels are all closing down i would say the only thing holding it up at the moment is the sport. i dont realy know much about jeppestown as i lived in edenvale, i thought it still existed as i did a fair share of walkin around ther and the local students still consider it jeppestown. cheers kyle

  7. I am a former student from Jeppe Boys, 1966-69. The fortunes of Jeppe as a school have varied over the years, but it has always been a school to be proud of. My years were a bit tough as a boarder at Thabana House(Sable), but I wouldn’t change those years for the world. The schools old buildings are beautiful by comparison to the schools being built today and should be preserved for all time.
    A bit more information on the schools history can be found at
    Hope this helps.
    Cheers, Simon

  8. I was at Jeppe, and altho its frontage was in Kensington, everything outside the back gates was in Jeppestown (or Jeppe as they called it). Up the road was Jeppe Prep, which was on the border between Fairview and Jeppe. Tsessebe and Sable houses were in Jeppestown. Tsessebe House used to be Sir Julius Jeppe’s mansion, built like a German Schloss.

    One of the boys in my class was related to Sir J, and had “Jeppe” as his second name.

    In those days, there were only a handful of good schools in Joburg: Jeppe, Parktown, St. John’s, King Edward. They were all single-sex schools, and produced good academic and sporting results. We never had anything to do with the schools which took in both boys and girls, and we knew the Afrikaans kids must have gone to schools of a sort, but we didn’t know where and we had nothing whatsoever to do with them, altho from time to time some of the teachers made efforts to mix us with those essentially immiscible people.

    Everyone had to play sports, which fortunately included canoeing (but not, at that time, hang-gliding). We had a dramatic society, a debating society, cadets and a pipe band. There were always a disproportionate number of Scottish teachers on the staff.

    I am pretty sure there wasn’t a better education to be had in South Africa at the time than we got at Jeppe, and of course for fun the girls’ school was only a half a mile away.

  9. i was at jeppe prep and jeppe girls from to 1979 to 1987,loved the school and everything about them we only really give the real value of something when we loose it thats my case ,for you guys who think anything bad about any jeppe school you should come and see how a portuguese school works or in other words doesn´t work,we are in 2005 and the schools here don´t a have a quarter of a jeppe school.Congratulations jeppe masters ,i just feel sorry my daughter won´t be able to frequent a school like jeppe.

    1. Hello my name is Luz Dos Santos Capitao and I was in Jeppe girls from 1981- 1987 would you know where I can get hold of the year books from that time

  10. Jeppe was and is indeed a school to be proud of. I was there from 1966 to 1969. The academic standard was rigorous, and sports were excellent. The school had a proud tradition and there were ‘standards’, which is not always the case these days. The library was magnificent. Our headmaster, HPA Hofmeyer, was a former Rhodes Scholar, and many of our teachers were UK graduates, especially Scotland and Wales. The great teachers from those days were Taffy Jones, Stan Hankey, Greig Gass, Hofmeyer (or Hoffie), David Quail, Dan Swart, and some of the younger teachers were also excellent, Rosemary Freemantle, Warren Boden, and many others whose names I have alas long forgotten. We celebrated Remembrance Day every November 11 and it took about half an hour for them to read out the names of all the boys from the school who had been killed in the two world wars. Don’t knock it! It was a very high class school. Long may it continue. By the way Jeppestown is nowhere near Jeppe. The southern half of the school is in Belgravia, the northern half in Kensington. The suburb of Jeppe(stown) was about a mile or so west and south of the school, where Jules Street came to an end. There was/is a railway station called Jeppe and Jeppe Police Station used to be on Jules Street, but is now further to the west, I think near Main Street.
    John Olsson

  11. The years I spent at Jeppe were the best in my life…
    To have a school steeped in tradition, history, culture and a family bond that is engraved deeply into each students heart has moulded me into the human bieng i am today.

    Forti nihl difficulus.
    A motto to live by.

  12. I attended 3 of the better known schools in SA: Grey (P.E.), K.E.S and Jeppe Boys. Each has a distinctive flavour, but they also have many things in common. I matriculated from Jeppe (‘92) so my tenure there is freshest in my memory. Students who typically have a harrowing time there have issues with authority. I remember an American exchange student in particular! He could not get his mind around the idea that a prefect could tell him what to do! The distinctive feeling that all three schools induce is a feeling of being a part of something larger than yourself; a keeper of “the standard.” I’m not just talking about wins and losses on the cricket pitch or rugby field, or even high academic standards, but a far more elusive standard – civility!

    I teach at an expensive private school in the U.S. My students have a great deal going for them in terms of facilities and funding. Unfortunately, as Churchill once put it they are seemingly ”…stripped bare by the curse of plenty.” I can only imagine what would have happened if I had approached Mr. Grace, or Mr. Quail in the overly familiar way students appraoch me! Of course, my young American charges do not understand the subtle shades of heirachy. Jeppe and the other schools taught me to identify my place and own that space. Meaning, everyone has a part to play (big or small), promotion in life comes through taking ownership of the space or responsibilities you are given. People who violate time tested principles of reality and try to short circuit an effective vertically aligned organization have difficulty their whole lives. I’m sure Michael had a run in with a prefect, or something. Someone will always abuse their authority, no doubt. I remember a prefect at KES that made my std 6 year a mind numbing ordeal (A greek fellow, Karrandreas, or something!) Anyway, I suspect as the world substitutes standards for hyper-tolerance (relativistic version of right and wrong) this practical lesson as to how institutions work will fall by the wayside. I have often been asked which of the three schools did I rate as the best. I attended each them at different stages of my life so it is tough to say, but my school life ended with Jeppe. In closing, attendance at these schools was a daily buffeting by the “standard, the almighty standard!” The cool thing is for the most part I submitted myself to “its” corrective nature. At times the rules seemed arbritary, but the ability to submitt to correction is the starting line fo all learning curves!

    Fluit, fluit my storie is uit!

  13. First of all someone needs to teach Kyle to use spell check or a dictionary. Your writing doesn’t say much for the Jeppe Education system Kyle. Secondly I agree with Michael as the place sucked. When I wasn’t getting caned at school by Mr. Quail (A.K.A “The Bat”) then I was getting caned by Mr. Alexander, our boarding school house master.
    The place has obviously gone down hill as they are now allowing students like Scott Robinson to attend and emerge unscathed at the end with his high brow attitude still in tact. (We would have “wedgeied ” the attitude out of him)
    Allow me to make state my case and I quote Scott “Students who typically have a harrowing time there have issues with authority” – Scott admit it, you’re a pussy, who never did anything wrong out of fear. Fear of being reprimanded, caned or heaven forbid, being beaten up. I bet you didn’t take part in sport you were either in the debating team the drama team or the knitting team. I’d also be willing to bet a $1000 you didn’t do military service in South Africa even though you have no issues with authority. Jeppe Boys is part of the reason why I have issues with authority. I have a brain and a personality and I don’t like being told to conform without exception regardless of who the authoritive figure is
    Another quote “I can only imagine what would have happened if I had approached Mr. Grace, or Mr. Quail in the overly familiar way students approach me!” Scott I bet if you did approach either of them they wouldn’t know who you were. You would be one of the nameless 1000’s of students. Where as David Quail will never be able to rid me from his memories no matter how hard he tries. (Score one for the students.)
    Next quote “Of course, my young American charges do not understand the subtle shades of heirachy” again Scott you never did do military service did you?
    Go back and do your bit and then tell the world about the subtle shades of hierarchy. The whole system that was teaching us to conform to follow orders without thinking, preparing our minds for the inevitable military service that one had to do to be seen to be doing the right thing for your country. It was all a crock of shit. I lost friends and relatives fighting for South Africa only to have FW De Klerk decide that he wanted to go down in history as the liberator of South Africa. Tell me Scott what has changed in the new South Africa? The politicians are still corrupt, the people are still poor, AIDS is still on the increase, but that is all a different discussion for another day.
    “People who violate time tested principles of reality and try to short circuit an effective vertically aligned organization have difficulty their whole lives.” Bullshit. The draconian system of beating a person into submission has never and will never work except on chicken shits like you. You don’t have the balls to stand up for yourself and say this is wrong and I don’t agree with it. People like you stay in crappy jobs, never testing the rules never boldly going were no one has gone before. You have to do things differently in order to achieve excellent results if you only do what everyone else is doing you stay with everyone else. I am so glad that you are teaching American children and not mine. It is through difficulty that you build the character required to go on. I didn’t enjoy my time at Jeppe, but it looks as if I learnt more there than you did as you missed out on the meaning of our motto “Forti nihil difficilius”. Yes I was caned a lot and rebelled a lot but then again Scott read the motto.
    You close by saying “At times the rules seemed arbritary, but the ability to submitt to correction is the starting line for all learning curves!” Wrong again Scott, fitting in is not what it’s about. Creative thought is the starting line for all learning curves. When you fit in you’re a follower when you think and act upon what you think is correct you’re a leader. Leonardo Da Vinci, Plato etc did not fit in with conventional thought. I feel sorry for you if you think that your job is to fit in. Take a chance, do what you want to do instead of doing what you think you should be doing “Forti nihil difficilius”. I bet you’ll make a much better teacher if you do. Anyway, good luck regardless. Jeppe Boys sucked when I was there but I did learn life lessons that will always be with me. By the way I’m not some dropout in life, as Quail thought I would be, I am a Director of a company in Australia.

    Adrian Fisher (And yes I failed my last year of school at Jeppe class of 84)

    Rebels rule, Rock ON!!!

  14. Having attended Jeppe Boys for 5 years I have only good memories of this great school.
    Good teachers
    Great sporting facilities
    Excellent social activities
    Strong discipline which allowed students who wanted to learn to do so without being distracted by attention seeking dummies like Adrian
    All I can say to a left wing cretin like Adrian is I wish you had attended during my period at the school. Your life would have been made more miserable due to the big mouth attitude you project.
    As you were a total misfit in school society with an enormous chip on your shoulders and most probably spoilt to death at home
    I am amazed that Australia allowed entry to such an undisciplined loser.
    The necessity to project your occupation as Director ( a title that can be obtained in Australia by simply registering a $2 company)shows me that you are still grasping for recognition in your life.
    PS Yes Adrian I did serve in the SA forces,did play 1st team rugby and cricket.
    What did you achieve at Jeppe other than your pitiful attitude to life -Sad

  15. Guys, guys, please keep it civil 🙂 Other than that, I find it pretty cool to hear from ya’ll. I still don’t know whether I am actually blood related to Sir Julius (we may have had the same ancestors, so it’s a very flimsy connection at best), but it’s still cool that people went to a school that has “my” name 🙂

  16. I to was a scholar at Jeppe. Matriculated in 2001, a headboy of Sable Hostel and school prefect.
    Jeppe holds for me some of my most potent memories. I frequently draw from the lessons I learn’t during school from the teachers, after school on the rugby field and outside of school from my brothers in arms.
    There is definately a proud heritage I have gained from the place to deny this would be equivalent to denying my own dear mother.
    The other day whilst remeniscing about the good old days with 3 other gentleman 1 from Hilton and the 2 others from Selbourne we got into an old fashioned battle of the war cries.
    The gentleman from Hilton didn’t bother to put up a fight but man … the memory encapsulated ecastacy of shouting the school song and war cry on my own was enough to make it my greatest post Jeppe , “JEPPE moment”.

    One of the 2 gentleman from Selbourne only had this 2 say, ” You would have made a great Selbournian”

    The point is here is this :Nothing can replace Heritage. A good old fashioned education in these modern furnaces aflame with a fire the education system has demeed unneccessary, where codes such as chivalry; honour and the unity of young men (all purposed, headed and minded in a single direction) are still well respected.

    We all saw the same:
    All we saw was the black and white.

    We all understood the same :
    Forti Nihl Difficulus

  17. I attended Jeppe Girls High in the 50’s!! Loved the school, had great times … even when being inspected on the stairs by Miss Hinchcliff for the gap between the bloomers and stockings!! Oh those winter uniforms. And the strict discipline! However when we emigrated to NZ in my matric year I sailed through the curriculum. So thanks to those teachers and the school. Wonderful to see that it is still going and has had the ability to adapt to the new South Africa… PS sorry we beat you at Carisbrook last week!!!!!!!!!

  18. Strange place, the thick of apartheid (years 84-89) Does anyone remember the alien space craft of 85, jesus that was weird!

  19. Dear Adrian

    I would like to tell John how much I agree with him in regards to his attitude about Adrian Fisher and also complement him on the skillful destruction of Adrians’ arguemaent. However the purpose of my message is not to make Adrian seem like a bad person, simply to offer an insight to him on how the other half felt.

    Like Adrian I was a rebel while I was at Jeppe which innevitably led to my expulsion in 2002 but I don’t share his feelings in regards to Jeppe. Jeppe Boys was and is a very special school with very special pupils and staff.
    Even though I was expelled, even though my period at Jeppe was very difficult I look back upon these experiences with nostalgia. Jeppe is a family in every sense of the word, we fight and bicker with one another but at the end of the day we stand up for one another aswell. Jeppe gave me a sense of honour, it was never about having to be aggresive or rebel; it was about gentalmen. By the way Adrian I played rugby for Jeppe and I happen to be a pugilist aswell, I’m not a pussy, but I was also part of the debating team. I have brains and rebellion was for validated reasons, not because I had some desire for attention. You seem to like to mention that you were in the army, that’s very honourable but it’s certainly no reason to verbally attack someone on a website. I believe you cricticised Kyle and the Jeppe education system. Correct spelling is a wonderful thing to posses but so are good manners, perhaps you should educate yourself in that.

    Even though corporal punishment was banned when I arrived at Jeppe I still received many a caning. But I feel no bitterness towards any teacher for because I know that at that age I needed authority. Let me quote you this time “You don’t have the balls to stand up for yourself and say this is wrong and I don’t agree with it.” Sometimes you have to have enough balls and brains to swallow your pride.
    Authority is neccessary not through corporal punishment but by other means, it allows for the weak to be defended and the abusers of power to be stopped. Jeppe provides an enviroment for learning and growing and those who didn’t enjoy themselves there have themselves to blame because they obviously didn’t have any balls or social skills.

  20. Hello,

    Jeppe the suburb was near the end of Jules street, it had a workers hostel, a police station and a railway station.

    I was a pupil at Jeppe Boys High in the 70’s and although I did’nt particularly enjoy my time there I am proud to be a Jeppe Old Boy.

  21. Jeppe High School for Boys is still a very good school and the discipline is still very much in place. It still has a very good name even better than some of the more affluent private schools. My son has been at the preparatory school since Gr 1 and started Gr 8 there this year.

  22. Proud member of the black and white – class of 93. This place shaped the early years of my life for the better, definitely no regrets. Still in contact with many fellow Jeppe mates who gather together regularly all around the world to laugh, argue and look back as well as forward. It’s certainly no fluke that so many old boys and girls care deeply for these institutions.Not everyone will have the same experience in anything but I believe the majority all agree that this is one special school. Long may it continue.
    Brandon Wiese Duiker house 1993

  23. i’ve attended Jeppe 4 the past 2 years (2005
    +2006)and i must say jeppe is an excellent school with an excellent standard of education BUT theres a lot of changes that need to b made i mean the girls are bored out of their minds the school uniform is so in the 70’s hello it’s 2006 and we want to wear pants and shirts and dresses that don’t look like we’re trying to blend with the grass and wear civies surly if u attend jeppe u should at least b able 2 afford a pair of jeans and a nice top all the schools do it even some of the poorer schools in the area have civies anyways theres so much to mention and i’m starting to get depressed just hearing myself tink about it

  24. I go to jeppe and this site is nothing like the real jeppe. The real jeppe is scummy, because of, according to people like Mr. Tait, people like me. I have any academic and sporting awards for the school but I still hate it. I will hate Jeppe even after I die.

  25. Jeppe High School for boys is by far the best years of my life thank you Sir Julius if anyone who went there does not agree cry me a river, Michael.
    Ans 2000-2005

  26. The Jeppe High School was named after my great grandfather’s brother Julius Jeppe my great grandfather’s names was Herman Otto Carl Jeppe his second marriage was with my great grandmother with the surname Robinson. They lived in Rustenburg. She was a young unmarried girl then and a very good teacher. His first wife died leaving him with small children. With my great grandmother Robinson he have four daughters named Rosa the eldest, aunt Catie, aunt Freda and my grandmother Ellen Otillie. They were all in their ninetys when they died. Their is a Jeppe Street and a Jeppe Station that was named after the brothers, there was once a dispute with my grandmother and her sisters about the land the Jeppe Station was build on but they couldn’t resolve it the papers have been burnt in a fire and they have no evidence and they died without it being resolved because the land must have came back to the sisters and they have inherit nothing from my grandfather. It seems they are the only family that came to South Africa. My grandmother always told us about her father she told us he was a doctor in those days, and went overseas on several occasions to get some goods and bring back dolls for the girls they loved him very much. She was helping him sometimes to prepare his medicines. He also died young. My father born out of the marriage of my grandmother Ellen Otillie Jeppe and my grandfather Phillupus Rudolph Alers is still alive he will be 89 years old on the 13th June 2006 my name is Mimi Alers I am 54 years old and are very interested in any information about my great grandfather Jeppe and his family. If you need more info you can contact me. Hope this info can be the beginning of great discoveries for us. All my greetings because we Jeppe’s are all connected to each other.

    1. The wife of my grandfathers brother in the 1930/1940 s??? worked for a potato factory in Jeppe, she called them rooms and she would make clothes from the potato sacks . A truck used to come and collect them every so often. Have you heard of this potato business.

  27. I am a current student at jeppe girls and i have to disagree with all the negative comments made towards the school.I enjoy going to jeppe, although the standard is much higher than other schools, i still prefer it to any other school.Like every school, it may have it’s cons but it’s pros outweigh the cons though.

  28. The BEST 5 years of my life.
    I’ll nver forget the friends i made there, the beating i took or the trouble the teachers gave me. It all contibuted to the person i am today.I am proud to say that all old boys are my brothers and I was part of the Jeppe Family. I have met a lot of boys from very prestiges school in SA but none have the brotherhood that we do.FORTI NIHIL DIFFICILIUS
    CLASS OF 02

  29. Hi evrybody . I attended Jeppe Prep and the boys high school . It was awesome , such strong spirit , Tradition and the strong family bond . The hostel wich i attended was the beste place i had ever stayed at – for a bording school it was more like a hotel .

    Thinking back on it now it was the best time of my school life .

  30. I was at Jeppe Prep until 1958 when we left SA for the USA. My years at that school laid a good foundation for further years of schooling here in the States (lower standards here + less discipline!). Perhaps not quite on subject (this is not about the high schools) but am having a devil of a time getting information/pictures from that time. Perhaps I’m just not a “pro” at navigating the internet?

    1. Hey Aleks!!!

      Saw Patrick McMichael this week as he was visiting L.A. and hadn’t seen him in 15 years but got back in touch on Facebook. Of course, you came up in conversation and really wanted to see how you are doing.

      Miss you!

      Jill Wishner

  31. I attended Jeppe until I matriculated in 1980. While the school is beautiful to look at, it was archaic, did not prepare me for the modern world, was full of bullies and sycophants – a system tacitly allowed by the head. Mr Quail was an idiot whose grounding in reality was tenuos at best.

    There were some very good teachers who I respected. Mr Bowen and Miss Eva come immediately to mind.

    I can’t speak for the school past 1980, but it was a breeding ground for intolerance and arrogance. I do not look back fondly except for the friends which I have to this day even though we are separated by oceans.

    1. hi i am trying to locate some of the jeppe bys from the 1980 matriculants – one in particular who was the head boy tssebe house garth gibson, who was one of the loves of my life – if you know how i can reach him or any of his buds please send me email, will be much appreciated, regards

  32. I attended Jeppe Boys from 1954 through 1958.
    I left SA with my wife and kids in 1970, but have visited SA regularly these past 36 years. Once took our youngest son to visit the school, and met up with my old housemaster Taffy Jones (from Casson Lodge days). Taffy died in Golden Pond in Hilton where my late Mother in law resided. Often think back on other faculty members like A.J.Grant headmaster, Schoen, Clarence Hitchie, Greg Gass, Evans,Cunningham, and many others.
    Have lived here in the USA for many years, and am now retired in Charleston,South Carolina. A true African American, born in SA but a USA citizen.I have not kept contact with Jeppe faculty or alumni since the day i left Jeppe in 1958.
    Would be good to find a website that could fill me on what happened to those teachers and fellow students form the late 1950’s era.
    David J Waldron


    I was recently a jeppe boys and in the hoslte, and i dont regert 1 second there. A place is what you make of it, and i execlled in the learniong as well as the spoting aspect of the school.

    Spirt and tradision, disipline and much more. JEPPE was the only school for me , even though it has delcined, It is still the same old stone building and with the same past. It is where my heart lies and many other too.

  34. HI



  35. I went to Jeppe prep and Jeppe girls High, niether of the schools were in or near Jeppestown, merely names after Sir Julius Jeppe. Both scools were excellent and I spent many happy years there. I attended the 25th year reunion of the girls high, and it was a remarkable event, I met up with old friends, exchanged experiences, and marvelled at the gorgeous old building. was it designed by Sir Herbert Baker? It was a priviledge to attent a school with such a proud history. Seems like a lot of the responses received were from people who did not know the area very well. Jeppestown (Jeppe) still exists, think of the recent shoot out between police and gangsters were many lives were lost, including policemen. The school motto was Forte Nihil Difficilius – nothing is too difficult for the brave.

  36. I love Jeppe Prep its like thee best school in johannesburg. My favourite teachers are Mrs Snyders, Mrs Scott, Mrs Lotriett and Mrs Hewitt. I love sport and i do kumon but i hate the school uniform because its so ugly and i don’t know if i’ll leave the school next year cause my father likes this school, and i just think that i will finish jeppe prep until matric and i also think that jeppe is the best school in johannnesburg. Thank you!

  37. Jeppe High School for Boys and Jeppe High School for Girls are still 2 seperate schools, half a kilometre apart from each other in Kensington , Johannesburg. They are products of a bygone era, in both the sense of the beautiful buildings and the sense of tradition and values, not to mention sport and the many good things that both schools equip these students with, As a 70’s child, I can say that

  38. I was a boarder Tsessebe house(94-97) come on the blues in aussie land now and I compare that great school to everyone here we had it good there no matter how hard it was at the time, bring on the Jeppe life

  39. Sir Julius Jeppe was a philanthropic German immigrant and I believe also a bit of an Anglophile. I cannot believe he would be much impressed with the direction the school which bears his name took in its later years.

    I am sure, going by the expressions on the faces of the students staring out from the photos in the Old Hall of shooting teams and rowers, that there was some resonance between building, pupil and teachers in the 20’s and 40’s when my grandfather and father were there. By the time I arrived in 1971 such bonds had long since broken. The school included in its catchment area a large number of disadvantaged white families and poorer immigrant communities who placed little store on the ‘English Public School values’ of old Jeppe. Coupled with that, like most state institutions of the day, the school provided sheltered employment for the ‘Volk’. I was taught (or not) English by an Afrikaaner whose knowledge of the language of Shakespeare could best be described as pidgen and Afrikaans by an Afrikaaner who I imagine spent his previous life as an overseer on a Roman Galley. On Remembrance Day the names of long dead former pupils were read out to pupils who neither seemed to care about or understand the significance of the struggle in which they had died. Even more ironic the names were read out by people who I suspect tacitly if not actively supported the other side! All this because it was the way things used to be done and nobody seemed to want to change it despite the incongruity of it all – a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party par excellence.

    My own son now attends a village school in England and I am ever grateful for the enlightend and benevolent attitudes of his teachers which go to make his education such a pleasure in comparison to the horrific mind deadening experience I was forced to endure.

  40. I have enrolled my son at Jeppe Boys High School for his last five years of schooling (hopefully only five years!!). I have moved him from one of the most prestigious private schools in Gauteng, as the arrogance and lack of good sense and manners there have become unbearable.
    Together with that, his sporting opportunities and academic choices at Jeppe is far more than that of the private school. Go figure!!!

    Jeppe High School for Boys in 2007 represents the cosmopolitan South Africa – a place where ordinary South African boys can walk the journey of transformation from child to man together, and it is heartening to see how easily my son has slipped into the Jeppe family in this short time, when at his previous school after five years he always seemed to be a spectator. He says that the biggest differrence for him as been that Jeppe boys are so accepting of one another, and there is none of the verbal abuse and constant putting down of one another that he is used to.

    He is a very keen rower, and is already excelling in the sport. The organisation and passion of the coaches is great, and although we are realistic that it will not all be moonlight and roses, we are excited about the lack os self serving egoiism amongst the Jeppe family.

  41. The time i spent at jeppe was something of a true wonder,having spent half my time infront of the office outside a certain deputy’s office i looked around an for the first time the beauty struck me hard.I always wanted to be number one in the sports arena having never been able to break into any sports first team.This fact no doubt upset me emensely but it was at that point where i discovered an finer tallent which made me realise that in the future id be able to make excessive use of it.This tallent was then unleashed and it immediately propelled me in to the fore ground of jeppe’s “political” arena.I was succesful along with others to introduce soccer, “I diski” as the faithful eould call it,along with the help of the former president pf 2006 had helped.

  42. Im a new gr8 and already i feel proud to be there its an amazing school filled with tradition,Passion and beauty{and even ghosts, i saw one on my 3d day AFKOP}I will always Be proud of the uniform and being part of the school. My father is also very impressed with the school.

  43. HELP PLEASE !!!!!
    My father’s name is Alec Marcus. He graduated from JHS in 1936. This April, (2007), he wil be celebrating his 90th birthday. We are planning a birthday party for him at the end of March. I am looking for any of the old boys who knew him or studied with him back then , also pictures or names or anything at all that we can use to bring back old memories. This material will be of great personal value to him. Birthday greetings or messages will also be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is
    My postal address is P.O.Box 9646, Jerusalem, Israel
    My phone number is : +972-2-6769239 , or +972-50-5658747.
    I would really appreciate it if all material could reach me by the end of March 2007.
    Thanks again ! Ronny Marcus

  44. I attended Jeppe High School For Boys, I was only there for two years and I can safely say that it was the best thing that ever happened to me. The School taught me to have respect, I remember the days when it was compulsory to attend a Jeppe vs Kes Rugby game. Now Im in Scotland and things are different. These people have no passion, they have no mutual respect and well—— things will never be the same for me ever again. I wish I was still wearing the famous ‘ Black and White’, both at school and on the Rugby field.

  45. Howzit

    I was in Jeppe Boys from 1990-1994 and although it was difficult (I was a year younger then the guys in my standard and normally got picked on) it was the best years of my younger life, surpassed only by my life I enjoy now with my wife and kids.

    I played mostly 2nd’s in the sports i did, was average in academics – but the best lessons were the lessons in life! I am a better person because of the school. Boarding school was a blast and everybody aimed at getting to Matric where the real fun started – the “brotherhood” of those days was amazing. I was also rebelious as were 90% of the guys there.

    Tsessebe was also by far the best boarding school – A pity that there are now only two – the in-fighting between hostels was legendery, especially on the night before inter-house athletics.

    Jeppe was a blast – may it continue!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Chanced upon this blog, Jeppe Boy 89 -93

    The school and its memories are some of the best I have, I’m stunned when people say they had a hard time/hated the place but what can you do its not going to work for everyone…that said though Adrian you strike me as an idiot

    I’m reading ‘Spud’ by John de Ruit at the moment, if you ever wanted a trip down memory lane read this book, hilarious, sure its set in Michaelhouse but it completely summed up my brief spell in the hostel.

    I’ve made life long friends from that school and will always be proud of it, the grounds are beautiful, the spirit is awesome and it has always been a place that challenged the convention of what boys schools generally had to be. (ie you didn’t need to be loaded to go there) I probably had it easy in some ways as I loved sport but pretty sure I was caned by nearly every teacher that was willing to do so at various points and have suffered no psychotic tendencies or social maladjustment…I love meeting up with old boys and having a laugh…

    K Smith burning down the koppie, Jules ST Lebs, Mr Lingwood, Winter Rugby, Bloody Knuckles, KES V Jeppe, Roodeplaat…if you were there I can see you smiling!

    PS Our school represented so much of Johannesburgs history good or bad and I love the fact that its now more representative of our people, to ‘Jon’ Thank God for ‘archaic’ institutions and stalwarts of old school education like Mr Quail, I’d love to see how you got on at a regular public school, do you honestly believe you would be better equipped for the real world going to any other public institution in Johannesburg, please name one!
    The only ones I can think of bullying is second to none, loyalty / tradition is non existent and pride is a completely foreign concept?? I mean seriously mate, if you are mistaking pride for affogance then bring it on!

  47. Forti nihl difficulus

    I attended (87-90) Jeppe Prep(green machine), I was sorry I couldn´t continued my studies in Jeppe High School for Boys(the Black and Whites) because I had to come back to Portugal.
    I can safely say, those years were my best school times; I think nothing can campare to the level of higher education performed by these schools.
    I very happy to see that Jeppe Schools have made strong influence in so many people, like myself.
    I think, besides the name, the people who do a great job in teaching and the staff of the schools, that made impact in our lives, sould be the one´s who make the Jeppe Name great around the world. Those who were students there, always will know that “Jeppe” means Good, Great and Eternal…
    “Go Hopoe”

  48. I attended jeppe girls 30 years ago and believe me it had better conditions back then than we have in Portugal 30 years later.I loved every moment i passed there.I miss South Africa although i love my country.

  49. I was at Jeppe from 1980 – 1984. I boarded at Sable and can honestly say that I feel truly honoured to have been a member of that incredible institution. I remember Adrian Fisher – He was in Tsessebe if I’m not mistaken! Those of you who remember me are probably somewhat surprised to hear that I look back favourably on what was certainly a very tumultuous time! 23 years, rose- coloured specs – I don’t know!?
    David Quail was a real tit – No wonder he’s the DP’s education spokesman!!
    I’d love to get in touch with anyone who attended Jeppe Boys in the early eighties – even “John Bond” – I’ve got a paperback edition of medieval morality plays that I’d really like to return!

    1. I attended Jeppe from 1980 to 1982, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was in Sable prior to Taffy Jones leaving it was Thabana. Later John Bond joined as house master. I clearly remember same of his antics in the English class

      The year 1981 was one I remember particularly fondly as I was a member of the under 14 hockey squad which consisted of three teams; a, b and c. It was the first time in Jeppe’s history that a squad went undefeated through a league season.

      In 1982 our under fifteen team were coached by Rob Pullen, and I believe it had nothing to do with his appointment but it was also the year it snowed. Love to hear from some who attended with me. Recently ran into Raoul Comninos, some of you may remember him

  50. Does anybody know how to contact the “Lamont” family – there were three brothers from the then ‘copperbelt’ district of Luancha – they were cousins of mine and were all borders at Jeppe.

    My maiden name is Sutherland – the two oldest brothers were Anthony and Rory/Roy and not sure of the youngest brother – I think Anthony went to the London to study medicine.

    Have lost contact with them – our fathers were 1st cousins

  51. Dear Sir/Madam

    I trust that you are doing well, please I need your help, I’ve got my son this year is doing Grade 7 next year is going to Grade 8 please I want to know ,as i want to Register there please can you tell me what do you want do you have space for him please,,,, please assist.

    I will appreciate your help!

    Many thanks & kind regards

  52. I was at Jeppe 1977 – 1981 and have fond memories of the school and the other students. Sitting on the koppie during break to have a smoke, getting caught and being whacked with the bamboo cane, dententions spent picking up stones off the cricket pitch, bunking last period with others and heading down to the pool for a skinny dip if no PE classes where on, passing porn mags around the back of history class. Thing I hated were wearing that heavy blazer in the summer heat even after school standing at the bus stop. Just as shame friendsre-united has so few old boys listed and very few photos. Would love to see photos from the year books and find out where all the friends I made are now in the world.
    Jeppe education was tops, it was strict as schools should be now.

  53. I attended Jeppe Girls from 1960. Had a ball. Jenny (comment Aug 3rd 2005) you say you were there in the 50’s. Your memory is failing kiddo. Miss Hinchcliff would never have picked you out for the gap between your bloomers and stockings ! She was the gym teacher, always in a short gray skirt, white socks and brown shoes, and red hot lips. You must be thinking of Miss Heller or Miss Allan maybe ? Every Friday was a thrill, each class had a turn in doing a fund raising cake sale. Loads of tinned caramel for the fatties. Remember our silly hats, ties, black stockings and yes, huge green bloomers !! Today some may ask what are bloomers. Going down memory lane, on a Wednesday afternoon we got off early, and where did we all go, to the Regent bioscope at the bottom of Kensington, to meet up with the Jeppe Boys for a smooch and vray !

  54. Oh my lord! A site make up of old Jeppe types? Geez! I was at Jeppe from 1974 and matriculated in 1976, lived at Oribi with Mr. Silburn (Bonkie) who I still correspond with every Christmas. I had a blast, but wish that I had taken more chances, played sports harder and given the teachers more crap!

    I live in Houston, TX these days and it’s a different world, especially with 3 grown kids.

    Anyone from Oribi in those days?

    1. Hi John,

      I entered Oribi in 1977 and also had Mr Silburn as a housemaster and Jon Brodrick as deputy. I last saw Mr Silburn at Oribi’s Centenary dinner but see Mr Brodrick on a regular basis as he’s now hosuemaster of Oribi and also taught my son English last year.


      1. Stef you such a rebel, hope your son is doing fantastic, hope you also make him a serious sportsman at Jeppe.

        John Said “I had a blast, but wish that I had taken more chances, played sports harder and given the teachers more crap!”

        Me too, missed opportunities, wish I had taken my sport more seriously at Jeppe. Had mandatory detention and visits to Beakie’s and Quil’s offices. All an education, lessons learned.

      2. Hi Stef

        well what can I say when I read all the comments about Jeppe….. hmmmmm

        a lot did not like the school.

        I was at Jeppe 1978 to 1981 and did matric at a college. left back for switzerland in 1991 where I still live.

        I met an old swiss jeppe boy that was if I recall a tsessebe he lives in Geneva.

        now do you know of some old boys that are maybe in europe that did the same ”time” as me 1978 to 1981
        if you do please contact me and would like some of their news.


        Didier ”swiss cheese”

        1. Hi Didier,

          We were in Oribi and in some classes together. Unfortunately I don’t know of any old boys from our years in Europe. Most of them that emigrated are in the States, Australia or New Zealand.

          I’m suprised to read that some people hate the school so much. I didn’t have experiences with any of the teachers like John Mugally but I did have a tough time with the senior boys when I got to Jeppe especially at Oribi. But SA in the late 70s was a different place and all I can say for myself that it manned me up and helped me build character. It defintely helped to cope in the army after matriculating and later on in the work palce.

  55. I matriculated from Jeppe in 1987 and look back on my few years there fondly. A fantastic school with a great tradition; yes, we didn’t appreciate it as kids back then, but I certainly believe that it added to my character and I am better for it.

    Sure, not everyone benefitted from being there, aka Adrian & Co., but certainly the majority of the boys and teachers did, and isn’t that what systems are designed for – the majority?

    All the best for the years ahead Jeppe, you’re going to need it to rise to the challenge that faces the whole South African education system… Forti Nihil Difficilius!

    Check out

  56. I am now a grade 8 student at JHSG.I must say i kinda like the far im the first family member to attened the school,so its great.i have a lot of mates in both the jeppe schools so im not complaining.i know that one day when i matriculate in 2011 that im gonna miss the school greatly!!! i recently had the privilage of meeting a former jeppe girl,her name is c.tardrew and she was head girl in 1945.i must say it was an all the former jeppe girls out there,i just wanna say thank you for making my school what it is today…these are the best years of my life!

    1. Monique my daughter attended JHSG, Nicola Pittich and my son for two years, grade 8 and 9. Thereafter he was given a scholarship to Reddam College and we moved him there. But he regretted moving from Jeppe.

  57. My brother and I,attended Jeppe boys high in the late 60s early 70s. so much water has passed under the bridge,however Iwill never forget our time at Orobi house under the watchful eye of Mr Silburn a true Mr Chips.GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  58. I started as a pupil at Jeppe High School for Boys in 1964 and matriculated in 1968. Both my sons attended the school and are, as I am, proud and passionate Old Boys. To this day I am still actively involved with the School, and assist in any way that I can.

    To say that the standards at Jeppe have dropped is laughable. The WHOLE COUNTRY’S standards have dropped ! Certain subjects now only require a 30 % pass mark ! Would you trust any tradesman that only knew less than a third of what he really needed to know to work on your car / re-wire your home / fix your geyser ?

    We have a government that embraces mediocrity, turns a blind eye to corruption, thievery and fraud. This government has taken all authority away from educators. Pupils are literally allowed to get away with murder – just read the newspapers

    The lesson in life that you cannot buy with money is that for any action you may take, or decision you may make, there is a consequence, and that you will, sometime in your life, have to submit to authority. Schools used to prepare you for this for when you eventually ventured into the ‘real world.’ They are no longer allowed to. Educators – teachers for goodness sake ! – have become administration clerks with mounds of reports to continually submit to an education department that is inept and fumbling around in ignorance. Teaching, for them, has become secondary.

    Adrian Fisher, I met many of your type throughout my school career, as did my sons. You are what I what I would call a detractor. You are the type that continually disrupted lessons and made it difficult for those who actually wanted to learn ! You were regarded as a ‘hero’ because you always had a witty remark to make in class, distracting the teacher and the real pupils. This was probably to cover for your own ineptness, and is usually a sign of very low self esteem.

    You were probably crap at any sport, and missed the point of why kids should participate. The health benefits are obvious, but there are far more subtle lessons to be learnt from participating – lessons that will stand you in good stead later in life. You learn how to work in a team, that you need to rely on your team mates, and that they rely on you.

    You say you are a director of a company ? I presume it’s a one man business !

    Tomorrow I am going to be operated on for the first time in my life. I need 4 seperate bypass operations. The surgeon is an old class mate of mine, and I am so proud that he is taking care of me.

    Long may Jeppe High School for Boys survive and thrive !

  59. I was a border at Mpiti (Jeppe Prep) and Oribi (Jeppe Boys’High) from 1958, and reading some of the messages here has awakened dormant memories going back to the midnight feasts at Mpiti, cleaning shoes on the lawns every Saturday morning and the pretty awful food we used to choke on while watching the servants deliver roast dinners and big bowls of icecream to the housemaster’s family at the other end of the dining room. The headmistress at Jeppe Prep was the formidable Violet Hannah, and I was secretly in love with a teacher called Miss Lemmer.

    I also enjoyed my high school years at Oribi. Among theteachers I remember well were George Killian, Bill Silburn, Jack Collard, “Ox” Dickerson, Hugh Cunningham and George Greig-Gass, who often joked that he should have a sign erected outside his classroom with the message “Abandon Hope all ye Who Enter Here.” There was also a feisty little Scot called Jock Someone, I think, a broding Afrikaner geography teacher named Schoeman, and his florid-featured colleague, Sid Thomas.

    I’ve lived overseas for the past 40 years, but occasionally drop by the school when I visit South Africa.

    Thanks for the memories.

    1. Joe,
      I’d be interested to know your full name. I too was a student at Jeppe Prep (1957+) and your mention of Miss Hanna and Lemmer certainly brings back memories, as well I recall with fondness Miss Rough, Neville, Adams and the dragon Miss Knox.
      At Jeppe High for Boys I was in Impala House, very active in Rugby, Rowing and the Drama Club. I was very saddened to hear about the death of one of my rugby team buddies Howard Scott.
      I live in Canada now and although I do love my new country – I still recall the wonderfull times I spent in South Africa and in the Jeppe school system.

      1. Hello Joe. I see you were very involved with Rowing at Jeppe. I am the Secretary of the Jeppe Rowing Fundraising Committee. We are trying to get into contact with Jeppe Old Boys involved in Rowing. Do you perhaps still have any contact with anyone? We would also like to hear your rowing story. Do you receive the Jeppe Boys Association Electronic Newsletter? An amazing publication that goes out to all Jeppe Old Boys to keep in contact all over the world.

        Let me know.



        1. Hi,
          I am an old boy from the sixties, and I taught at Sir John Adamson High and Mondeor High. I was the master-in-charge of rowing at both these schools.
          Grahm Trollip.

  60. Hi- interesting reading the comments. I was at Jeppe 64-69, and although I found it somewhat confronting, it was a positive experience. In particular, the acquisition of good manners has stood me well in life. Would like to hear from anyone of that period – hard to remember names- Cummings, Durrell, Duplessis………Now in Australia.

    1. Hi Richard,

      I was at Jeppe boys high from 63 to 67. Unfortunately, it was not the done thing to mix with students below your own year and consequently, while we may have recognized each other, I do not recall your name. I only really appreciated my time there many years later and now often review sites such as this. I often think of the teachers such as Schoeman, Ben and his wife, Killian, Thomas, Loots, Stirton, Campbell,Hankey, Gass and Dan Swart.

      I hope some of those names bring back memories to you. I now reside in Australia, but enjoy hearing about the old shcool,



  61. Hi all, very nice to hear about the past. I went to Jeppe Prep from 1969-1975, but left for the UK in 1977 as I was not deemed “academic” enough for the high school and was shunted off to Malvern High! Loved the school, Mr Gemmel was headmistress and Mr Hunt was 2i/c (believe he took over when she retired). Saw the demolition of the old building and the erection of the present one from the temporary classes near the top exit. Also saw the building of the Oribi hotel, next door, we used to wait and watch the explosions for the foundations. Anyone remember Shorty, aka “die blou oog porra”, named by the Afrikaans teacher? I can remember Stegmann, who swam for the school in regattas, held at Jeppe High.Can still remember school anthem. My daughter was there for 2 yrs in the late 90’s till we returned to the UK. All in all, a brilliant school, with excellent teaching staff.

  62. wow! after reading all good things about jeppe boys high, i can’t wait to see myself teaching at that school. oh!! I forgot to tell, I’m a Bachelor of Education Student at the University of Witwatersrand.

  63. What follows is a definite side step from the original thread for this blog, but as others have already provided the info requested I’ll just thank Nils for the opportunity to digress & enjoy my walk down memory lane.
    I was at Jeppe Girls from ’81-’85. I remember grumbles about the school being old fashioned then, one of the issues being the head mistress’ refusal to allow the formation of a drum majorettes team on the grounds that it was unladylike – what would she say about the current soccer & cricket teams?! Good luck to them, by the way!
    Despite the permeation of that outlook throughout the running of the school I have found that the education I received (& as many have already mentioned, not just limited to the 3 R’s) to be an excellent grounding, & quite relevant for later life.
    The school & its traditions had a lasting impact on its students as illustrated by the following anecdote. I was at Jan Smuts airport, still in school uniform: bright green dress, zebra blazer & white panama hat – when I heard a cry & a forty-something woman whom I had never met before bore down on me with arms open wide & a gleeful expression – she had apparently attended Jeppe & was very excited to see a Jeppe Girl again, such were her fond memories of her school days. This Jeppe Girl was somewhat overwhelmed though!
    My mom went to both Jeppe Prep & JGH & if memory serves correctly was involved in making the mosaic mounted in the hall adjacent to the stage, under the direction of the artist, Cecily Sash???
    My uncle went to the boy’s school & still finds relationships established then useful in business today. The lovely old house with tennis courts & large grounds that they lived in as kids in Marshall Street was annexed by the TPA, & demolished to provide extra playing fields for the boy’s school ~ & again I am open to correction, but I think the shooting range & rugby fields are situated in that area now. This must have been a blow to the boarders who apparently used to beg for treats from Charlie & Jean at their gate adjacent to the school.
    A few other memories to share – fipsos melting in your desk on standby for the right moment to take a surreptitious taste during class, salad rolls from the tuckshop & Chelsea buns from the bakery at Lancaster Square while waiting for afternoon sports to start; the strong, even overpowering smell of coconut based tanning lotion at break time as the girls sat out on the lawns in summer, white socks rolled down as far as they could get them & hemlines far shorter than regulations permitted. Ja, they were still measuring the gap between hemline & knee some 20 + years after Jenny attended JGH; the excitement on flower show days with the option of creating vegetable beasties for the less artistic, my Gran’s garden robbed of any likely blooms the day before; the joys of conjugating Latin verbs – amo,amas,amat…; knitting squares to make blankets for the homeless in winter; actually winning the inter class contest arranged by the moms, the prize for which was a slap up tea & an hour off from lessons in which to enjoy it; the production of an Afrikaans variety show that we put on under Miss Gregory’s auspices, when I was introduced to David Kramer’s music – now a balm to my occasional homesickness in the UK; Mrs Hladik, one of the maths teachers, lamenting that no-one played practical jokes anymore (she should have been a fly on the wall in Miss Gregory’s class), anyway a challenge that my classmates rose to, The maths teacher who blithely carried on teaching while a girl lit up for a skelm smoke in the back of the classroom under the window; The bustling crocodile of girls with pompoms flashing walking to Ellis Park for the inter schools gala, shouting war cries all the way,hustled along by prefects; The year the matric boys bombed the girl’s school with vrot eggs – what a stink that caused in more ways than 1, my sister folding her very battered summer panama hat neatly in 4 as soon as she was out of site of the prefects & burying it in her bag for the walk home & finally the singing of the school song in a falsely shrill falsetto on the last day of term – how did we survive those interminable assemblies?
    Forti nihil difficilius,this motto shall us rule
    So let us ne’r despair, our burdens bravely bear
    We’ll play the game & laud the name of Jeppe Girls High School

    1. Wow…thanks for that trip down memory lane! Mrs Hladik was my enemy for reasons I won’t go into here, but my art teacher was amazed we had so many math lessons when I crept into her class so often to avoid math class (and i guess that would explain my math marks!!). 😀 Cake sales and flower shows and the smell of cabbage(?) in the corridors in the late afternoons, with the sounds of piano practice. The sanding of desks on the last days of school. Did you ever go to the sick room with its scratchy grey blankets? I loved JGH too! Forti nihil difficilius, sed the stairs! (nothing is difficult for the brave, but the stairs)

  64. Daryl D’Arcy:
    » Posted on July 22nd, 2006 (link)
    please remove my post dated abouve thank you
    and keep up the good work

  65. Jeppe and Oribi House 65 to 69
    What a great school!
    I believe that the circumstances (in this case the school and environment) are seldom the cause of a problem or of unhappiness. It is usually the person’s response to the circumstances that creates happiness or unhappiness, success or failure.
    There are too many examples of folks who make it out of the most drastic circumstances because they responded positively. They used the good and the bad experiences to learn lessons and move on. I don’t see a legitimate excuse for blaming circumstances on one’s own predicament. Jeppe developed a healthy respect for tradition in me and despite some dreadful personal moments whilst there, for the most part, schooling there was a privilege and enjoyable.
    May the good Lord bless the school, it’s students and teachers in the 21st Century.

  66. I have just read what Adrian Fisher had to say about Jeppe. I attended Jeppe from 1973-1977 and had no problems other than the ones I made for myself. In my opinion it was and still is a good school. Adrian, reading your story really makes me think that not even the Auatralians deserve you. Stay away.
    And yes Adrian I did do national service and it was not as bad as you think, But then I guess you opened your mouth too wide there as well.
    John Kruger

    1. How come I’ve only just found this website?! I’m a Jeppe Old Girl Class of ’77. Overall I enjoyed my time at Jeppe and if I have one regret it’s that I didn’t make more of it and study harder. I’ve just seen a comment by John Kruger – there can’t be many John Kruger’s who matriculated in 1977. We used to hang out together, mostly at the weekends. Could this be the same John, I wonder, and does anyone know where he is now?

  67. Hi all, I attended jeppe prep between 1970 and 1976 when my family moved to Sydney Australia. At the time my brother Don attended Jeppe boys & my sister Yvonne Jeppe girls. My oldest brother Ray finished school by then. School over there was very disaplined from memory I remember having to go to Mrs gemmels office every morning to have ribbons put in my hair in an effort to make me cut my hair. School in Sydney was a breeze after that. we were allowed long hair & could were any clothes we wanted. I do have found memories though & I believe my time there has helped me in life. Great reading stories from the old school

  68. I am, like most other old boys, proud to have spent a few of my formative years (1982 to 1985) at such a splendid school.
    To embittered, sanctimonious detractors like Stephen Holland ,may I say that the school’s fortunes were (and still are) inextricably linked to the fortunes of the surrounding suburbs, and it is rather silly to think that the school should have remained exactly the same as it had been several decades earlier.
    In any event, I was under the impression that English public schools were originally set up to mould the minds and hearts of future administrators of the Empire. With the dissolution of the Empire (yes, Stephen – the Empire is no longer, unless you are a parent at one or two of the private all-boys’ schools in Johannesburg, or a Star Wars fan) certain characteristics of such schools may have been replaced by more relevant considerations. It does not follow, however, that certain traditions have no place in an instituion.
    I believe that despite the many faults of the school and those who have attended as teachers and pupils, the school has endeavoured to produce gentlemen, not snobs.
    I sometimes wear a blazer with a small Jeppe emblem on the pocket, which I had specially embroidered in silver and gold wire.
    I have been approached on many occasions by old boys from Jeppe and even Kes whom I never knew, but who were polite and kind enough to approach me and make my acquaintence, because they recognised the badge. I was not one of the “bloods” of the school, but such encounters have always been friendly and polite. I am presently trying to se whether these badges can be made for other old boys – wearing it truly has been a gratifying experience, not least of all because it’s shown me just how much genuine respect old boys and others still have for the school.
    Greetings to all my old friends.

  69. I am an old boy of he prep school having attended in 1967.We lived in Rhodesia and therefore was at Mpiti House under the supervision of Syd Thomas??? I remember walking everyday from Mpiti to the Prep whick seemed then miles away.Every Saturday we would walk to the High School to watch sports..especially Rugby.I remember Jeppe fondly and how proud I was of being part of the team.Please could you contact me about Mpiti and the prep school.Are they still in their original places.

    1. Hello Mike
      I remember you well. We were in 2 Dorm together….
      The old Mpiti is alas no more. It was last occupied as a girls hostel or something…
      The prep is still where it was but the old school was knocked domw many years ago……

  70. I left Tsessebe in 1970, Best times ever now living in Vancouver Canada.I played pro soccer whilst at school which was frowned upon those days I would love to hear from anyone at school between 1966-1970.

  71. Mike Robbertze – I remember walking down the railway track with you at Taffys camp to Park Rynie.
    I went to Jeppe from 69-73. Whilst not being every teachers wish, I did play first team rugby, a member of the A rowing team and athletics team for the school. I went onto to join Jeppe Old Boys and play Rugby for them as well/ I moved to Cape Town in 1987 and subsequently abroad for about 10 years.

    I have maintained contact with a number of Jeppe Old Boys – and whilst not fully appreciative of it at the time (we seldom are)I now look back at Jeppe with fond memories in every aspect. I believe that the foundation prepared in my journey throughout Jeppe Boys has served me well time and time again.

    Jeppe as a Suburb still exists as far as I am aware -if you head toward the CBD from the school Roberts Avenue becomes MainStreet and you get Troyeville/Fairview/Jeppe/Marshalltown and then lead into the CBD.None of these suburbs are the place to be any more if they ever were.
    What Jeppe old boy doesn’t remeber Fred the barber?

    1. Hello Stuart

      I see you were very involved with Rowing at Jeppe. I am the Secretary of the Jeppe Rowing Fundraising Committee. We are trying to get into contact with Jeppe Old Boys involved in Rowing. Do you perhaps still have any contact with anyone? We would also like to hear your rowing story. Do you receive the Jeppe Boys Association Electronic Newsletter? An amazing publication that goes out to all Jeppe Old Boys to keep in contact all over the world.

      Let me know 🙂


      Kim Symonds

  72. Past Headmaster of Jeppe Boys, HPA Hofmeyr, passed away on 13th August at the age of 90. His memorial service was attended by approx 300 people including past Potch Boys and Jeppe pupils, present prefects from both schools, and many others whose lives he had touched. We give thanks for the positive influence he had on many lives. Hoffie is remembered with love. Batman and other past heads of Jeppe Schools were also present.

    I attended both Jeppe Prep and Jeppe Girls High, and although I didn’t enjoy my High School years, I certainly gained a firm grounding in how to conduct my life, and learning that,no matter what sphere one moves in in post school years, there are always rules to life where authority has to be obeyed. Both my sons attended Jeppe Boys in the 1980’s.

    According to the map of Johannesburg, the suburb of Jeppestown still exists.It is bordered on the east by lst street (Malvern border) on the west between Kruger and Albrecht streets (in the Jeppe dip). The northern border is from Main street, below the Prep and Jeppe Boys schools, down the southern border which isthe railway line. The map shows the name ‘Belgravia’ in brackets. Belgravia is not the official name of the suburb. Jeppe Prep is, strangely, in a small portion of Malvern. Jeppe Boys school is within the Kensington Boundary, but the lower sportsfields are in Jeppestown. Jeppe Girls is in Kensington.

    It is interesting to note that five suburbs radiate from a point in Market street, just west of the railway line, viz New Doornfontein, City and Suburban, Jeppestown, Fairview and Troyeville.

    The original home of Julius Jeppe, which was the Tsessebe Hostel, was demolished in the 1950’s and the new hostel built on the premises. The original gates were left standing.

    There is fountain from the Jeppe Homestead gardens. This was moved and placed in a new position in 1987. This is fondly known as ‘Joshfontein’ which ccasionaly gets a clean out with sunlight liquid, generously supplied by the matriculants on their final day at the school – what one would call good, clean fun!!

    The old double storey change rooms for the swimmers were, I understand, the original stables of the old Tsessebe.

    Marshall Street was the ‘drive way’ from Berg street to the Jeppe Mansion. The building of the beautiful Anglican Church, St John the Lesser, was greatly sponsored by the Jeppe and Thrupps families.This has been restored and is an historical monument. It really is a beautiful piece of history of the Jeppestown area, with its carved wood work and exquisite stained glass windows.

    So much for the history of a unique school. Long may the traditions continue!

  73. I matriculated in 1958. Was prefect of Protea and school netball captain. Received colours for netball plus. Now live in Cape Town and would love to meet any girls of my matric year – or anyone who would know me. Am particularly interested in traciang Richard Glover who attended the boys school in the fifties. Please contact me Regards Pat

  74. Robert Jeppe Old Boy 1986-1989. Drummer in the pipe band. What a blast 😉

    I attended Jeppe through the beginning of my Standard 9 year. In my view, Jeppe was definitely a throwback to a quasi-Victorian era where traditional models of hierachy, discipline, and “backing the home team” formed the basis of the school code of principles. As such, these traditional models have their pluses and minuses. As a young immature and impressionable young boy of 14-16 yo this traditional mode of school life provided a safety net of structure and a sense of belonging. However, I do believe it is essential for healthy growth that one should move and mature beyond traditional and unquestioning models of discipline to the more fluid, ambiguous, less black and white (no pun intended) exposure where one’s self discipline and systems of belief should challenge one to find the truest meaning of world view, discipline, right and wrong, ultimate purpose, and etc.

    So lets remember our time at Jeppe as not something past, but as something that has provided us with opportunity to engage in the present.

  75. I am looking for an old friend from many years ago. We lived in Santa Barbara, California. He would be about 40 now. His name is Aleks Kiwicki. Anyone with info please contact me please.

  76. To Pat Geard
    A 50th year reunion of 1958 Matrics is being organised for the 11th October at 2 pm at Jeppe Girls School. You, and any other girls from that year, would be most welcome to join us. Get on the flight and spend a weekend away from soggy old Cape Town. Suggest you let the school know for catering purposes.
    Jean Wilson, sister of Terrence, was wondering where your brother Rodney is today.

  77. MHK- Thank you. I have bookmarked this page and will keep checking. I am hoping to get to know him again and have him meet my family.

  78. Hi All
    I attend Jeppe School both the primary school and the high school down the hill. I was a boarder at Orbi House in the early 70s, when Mr. Silburn (Bonkie as
    John Classen called him, we knew him as the Road Runner, because of the speed he walk at). Although I did not enjoy my time at the school, I managed to visit it a few years ago on a return trip to SA. It blew my mind how much was available to the student, especially in the sporting arena. The memories rushed back and was quite a moving moment. Now I do really appreciate the fact that I did attend Jeppe and proud to say I was an ex Jeppe Boy. I only wish I had applied myself more and achieved better results, but hey thats life and I live with no regrets.
    By the way I also remember the sister school down the road who use to come up to the boys school late at night at the end of the final term of the year and decorate the school in toilet paper streamers, syrup on the door steps, polish on the handles, and other pranks. We in the boys school were not so innocent either as we use to take revenge and carry out our own raids to set up similar pranks.
    Reading the views above has certainly made me think of some of the fond times and discoveries I made as a young growing teenage.
    Long may the school continue educating the youth for the future

  79. I chanced upon this site while trying to find out some of the Jeppe history. I was at the school from 68 to 73, a boarder at Thabana, and I often think about those times. The school had a huge impact on my life – I have been delighted to discover that there are so many people who connect with names, places and experiences which still have a strong presence in my mind. By the way, Val, I remember the Lamont brothers well. There were three at Jeppe – Roy, Ian and Donald, the youngest. There was a fourth brother too – much older. Donald was a very good friend, but I have lost contact with him.

  80. Hello Paul Thomas, I think that I can remember you. I was also a Thabana boy (came from Rustenburg) & matriculated in 1969. Next year will see the 40th anniversary of us 69 ‘ers finishing at Jeppe. We (Tex van Beuge) & I are busy organising a re-union which will take place at the school on the 25th of April. Let me know if you are interested in being kept informed on this. Roy Lamont was in my year, and I am in touch with him. He now lives in Canada. We have maintained contact with all but one of our Thabana matrics – the only person we can’t find is Stewart (Sporty) Marshall.
    On the ‘Jeppestown’ debate: this suburb has featured in the news recently as the area in which some armed robbers took refuge and had a massive shootout with the police. Result: definitely 1 – 0 to the cops. They took out a few of them in the ensuing shootout, and secured some heavy convictions for the rest. Unfortunately, I think one or two policeman succumbed in the shootout.
    Anyway, Jeppe High had its rough edges, but was still a great institution to have attended.

  81. I was at Jeppe High school for boys between 1979 and 1983. I was a border at Tsessebe House. My schooling there gave me a fantastic education and an excellent grounding for life. There were some hard times, but I treasure the fondest memories of my school career. I remember Mr Quail, Mr Bowden, Mr Alexander, Mr Grace and many more teachers as clear as daylight.

    Im sure I remember an Adrian Fisher. I rowed with him. Its a pity to read such a negative comment from him. He was a naughty boy, hence the negative experience and memories. But It’s nice to read that he has done well for himself.

  82. I read Adrian Fisher’s comments and left my own response. Upon reading this site again today, I cannot find my comment. Nevertheless, I will write again. I would like to get Adrian Fisher’s email address just to say hi. I hope he reads this again. I knew Adrian as I used to row with him. He was a naughty little bugger at school. From his comments, I see his rebellious nature is still in tact. I was at Jeppe between 1979 and 1983. I was a border at Tsessebe. I have the finest memories of my life of Jeppe. I will gladly communicate with any Jeppe oldboy. My email address is

    1. hi wayne, as you were in tsessebe house in the late 1979 you must know a garth gibson who was the head boy of the house in 1980, am desperately trying to get hold of him or if anyone can help i will be so glad. regards herme – and let me say that i only dated jeppe boys as they were the most awesome. would also appreciate any news on john paul nettleton – called paul, was also a rower but class of 1979 oribi house?

  83. If anyone (especially you Nils!) is interested in a bit of the history of ‘Jeppestown’, there is a book/novel which I stumbled upon a few years back called “People who have stolen from me”, by David Cohen (published by Picador). It is the tragicomedy of the owners of “Jules Street Furnishers” and their encounters through the ages in Jules street (named after Sir Julius Jeppe) – where they are caught in the middle of an undeclared war in which they are raided, robbed & defrauded by gangs of criminals, customers and their employees.
    In the book their is quite a lot of background to the establishment of Jeppestown, Belgravia & Malvern. A fun read!
    Best wishes.

  84. Hey there everybody! I am Roxanne. I just started to go to Jeppe High School for Girls and I must say I can relate to what all of you have said. I am a Grade 8 learner. For me Jeppe is an expeirence and a half. I am honoured to be there. You guys had alot to say about Jeppe being a nightmare. But realy, its not that bad. our school is turning 91 this year and its gonna be alot of fun! thanx 4 reading and dont bother replying i just wanted to tell you waht i thought. thanx alot. Jeppe Girl-Roxanne

  85. I was at Jeppe High School for Girls school 1949 – feels like yesterday.
    Recall the walks to Ellis Park for the swimming galas. Watching the boys play rugby – the Jeppe team was outstanding.
    Miss Allen and Miss Ramsbottem were the headmistresses, I recall.
    The tennis teams and those wonderful inter school matches were such fun.
    I did not go to Jeppe Prep – came from Kensington South (Eastgate Primary today, I think) – ahh, where are they today? – that old gang of mine 🙂
    I am now in the United States and am so grateful for those wonderful memories.
    I was in Gerber house, we seemed to do well in the Flower shows 🙂
    Pat Geard mentioned looking for ex Jeppe Boy Richard Glover; I remember him from Kensington South. I think he lived in Cumberland Road. If you ever find him send him my regards – I think he was friendly with Mervyn Zwicky.
    Warm wishes to you all. Lorna.

    1. Hi Lorna

      To answer your question, I have lost touch with Richard, but understand he is still living in Johannesburg. I will try to get his contact address if Pat is still wanting to contact him; in which case, let me know via my email address.


    2. Hi my mum attended Jeppe girls high school from 1942 to 1945 she finished form IV. I am looking for old magazines or anyone who may remember her – Her name was Lily Segill and had only one arm. I don’t know where to start looking. regards Sharon

  86. I went to Jeppe Girls and yeah, to some girls it may suck, but now that I’m not in the school i miss it and realised that that school totaly rocks

  87. hi all i just wanted to know if anybody can give information on a girl that
    enrolled in Jeppe girls high in 1997 her name is Altevese Mackers and we where class mates in Observatory East Primary School you’lls help will be much appreciated tnx Llewellyn Persent.

  88. Hi. I miss those old days. I was the first head girl ever in the jeppe prep school during their 100 centenary. They had prefects but never heads. Miss the teachers. Some really great ones. Mrs barnes mr moolman. Our headmaster then mr brown. Should have gone to jeppe girls instead went to queens. O well we cant have regrets now can me

  89. Graduated from Jepper Girls High in 1987. Looking for Rhonda Knott? Am living in Portugal. Anyone from 87 class? Can clearly see all my colleagues faces but can’t recall names, micaela and can’t recall your name, you used to be a fantastic swimmer…..and constantly sneezed (very much like a mouse sort of sound)….

    Miss those days at Jeppe Girls so so much…. 🙁


  90. What a pleasure to see some of the names of boys I remember well from my days at Jeppe. I was a boarder from 1962 to 1972 in both Mpiti and Oribi.
    I remember well teachers like Sid Thomas, Scotch Mc leod, Taffy, that awful Schoeman, the lovely Monica Eva and the evergreen Bonkie Silburn, to name but a few.
    Who can ever forget Taffy’s Camp…?? Mike Robbertze, I bet you remember us hiking from Scottburugh to Shelly Beach to visit Caroline Tipper…??

    To Simon Ward, Mike Grispos, Mike Robbetze, Stewie Johnstone, Graham Rye, David Thompson, Gavin du Plessis ( and your brother ‘Monster’)….all small but significant pieces of the tapestry of my life. I greet you all.

  91. Today was my last day as a Matric at Jeppe High School for boys… I have never fully realized why there is so much pride centered around the School by the old boys until this day. After 5 amazing years, I have nothing negative to say about the school, the boys or the teachers.

    It saddens me greatly that i will never put on my black and white blazer again to physically go to school and be a Jeppe boy.

    Forti Nihil Difficilius!

  92. In 1910, the Government of Japan decided to appoint Mr Julius Otto Jeppe, who was at the time living in Cape Town, as the honorary consul of Japan in South Africa. The nomination was made to ensure the status of Japan and Japanese citizens in South Africa as well as to promote trade with South Africa.

    Mr. Jeppe was a Briton of German decent, resident in South Africa and engaged in trade and maritime affairs. He worked as the honorary consul of Japan from 1910 until 1918 at an office located in Short Market Street in Cape Town. Moreover, he pioneered the exporting of South African wool to Japan and introduced Cape wines to East Asia, contributing as such to strengthening the relationship between Japan and South Africa. In 1916, Mr. Jeppe paid a courtesy call to the then Taisho Emperor and received the golden cup for his contributions.

    2010 marks the one hundred years since the appointment of Mr. Jeppe as the honorary consul.

    This just one of a lifetime’s worth of amazing things I could tell you about Jeppe High School for Boys.

    If you are interested please ask me for more.

    E. Stolk (Impala, 1997)

  93. Jeppe- Likes – Good spirit, camaraderie, good acquaintances, good sport, proud tradition, diverse community. Good old boys network.

    Dislikes. Paramilitary leaning in the 1980’s, No focus on the individual or his advancement, Obscene institutionalised hierarchy amongst minors. The conflicting goal of the prestige of the school vs the right outcome for individuals. Long outdated ideals. We have not been a colony for some time and imperial wars are history so grooming young men for the king’s service is pointless. Corporal punishment misused and abused. Three of the best with a cricket bat by some arbitrary teacher never sat well with me. Pardon the pun. As a Christian one is supposed to forgive, but some of those incidents still irk me and I have to say still feel somewhat bitter about them and the individuals involved. Further for what it’s worth it had no positive affect what so ever. Perhaps it was to teach me what it takes to be a Christian.
    Note: Adrian was a good friend of mine. He was as controversial then as now. Mind you so was I.
    He was a good sportsman contrary to the mutterings of some junior speculator. I believe he had the fastest time in the 400m in his age group. He rowed at no2 in the First eight barring an injury and some shuffling about related thereto. He had the best VO2 max of the oarsmen in trials. I did back him but he did have detractors. If I were in a fox hole I could not think think of a better companion. I suppose you could say that he did not skrik for niks which can be a handy trait at times. He and many others added the necessary colour to Jeppe that made the school special. At least the conformist accountant types did have some colour thrown in their faces. Speaking of which a teacher did literally get some Shaving cream thrown in his face one day. I’m not sure if it was that incident or the incident where a man in a night gown tried to shoot us off a motorbike that gave me most affection the man. That said we did row together at no1 and no2 and bonds were formed there regardless. Hey Adrian if you read this Howzit man.
    BTW I am still live in South Africa – love the place – got no gripes
    Note: I think the name of Julius Jeppe’s residence was Fredenheim.

  94. Jeppe Boys 2010

    I am a Parktown Old Boy, as well as a teacher at Parktown. While I respect the school as an institution, I would like to ask the readers of this forum whether Jeppe Boys have always been as ungentlemanly as I see they are becoming. For example, we recently had a rugby and hockey fixture against Jeppe and a number of things happened:

    Unsportsmanlike, dirty play and conduct by their boys (for example intentionally stepping on a boy’s knee in front of all the coaches);
    Jeppe parents swearing at Parktown players and referees;
    Jeppe parents threatening referees and invading the pitch and wanting to fight referees and players;
    Jeppe boys trying to get into fights with the opposition.

    Last year in the same fixture I (as a referee) had to send a female parent off the field for swearing in an u14D team game. u14D! I’m not saying that things don’t happen with Parktown, KES, St Stithians etc players and parents, but never to the extent that I see against Jeppe.

    As a pupil I don’t remember Jeppe fixtures and parents being as nasty as I see them now, so I ask, what has changed?

    1. Hi John

      I have seen numerous incidents with Parktown , dont you watch Carte Blanche?. So dont judge before you have had a good look @ yourselves


    2. Hi John,This is a late reply, These rugby incidents occur more often as random problems. I have personally seen a Jeppe parent ranting and raving at a rugby match at KES and the coaches getting way too involved with the games being played. I was also present at Parktown game when people ran on to the field and verbally abused the referee and assistant referee. I can with all honesty say this is common to all schools and it starts with the coach if he sets a good example the parents will follow his lead.
      I am an old boy of Jeppe prep and the high school. Jeppe is a school which has overcome massive odds by its location and has started a new breed of boys with pride and enthusiasm, it is not the best but it strives to improve itself in every way and I think Parktown boys has similar challenges as Jeppe.
      I was at a reunion and saw the state of the classrooms at Jeppe and so a friend and I donated money for a classroom to be refurbished.
      If all children could get the education that Jeppe, Parktown and Kes deliver, South Africa would be a much better place.

  95. Anne DesGeorges

    Re :- Aleks Kiwicki’s location.

    You may have located him by now.
    However, if you read all the messages, you will come across a message from him a lot earlier than your message.
    I guess, it’s the correct chap. Yes, he must be about 42 / 43 now, was boarder in TSESSEBE, as was his younger brother, if I have the correct chap in mind.

    ( a boarder for 11 years — must be a record ………… oh, that includes my years at Mpiti, both as a primary school pupil as well as a prefect in Std’s 8 / 9.)

    P.S. Yes I enjoyed boarding school so much I extended my stay.
    Those of you drips that only have negative remarks, you haven’t changed.
    You obviously didn’t make the most of boarding school days.
    GOD !! what the hell were you like during National Service when you didnt have mommy to make your bed,do your ironing and most likely wipe your ass ??

  96. hi. my name is landy and i’ve been living in portugal for 31 years. i left south africa when i was 15 and never went back. i never forgot my high school, jeppe girls, and it’s one of the things i missed most when i came here. i left in 1978 when i was in the 7th grade. (i failed in my 6th grade). i would love to find my friends from gack then as i’ve lost contact with them all. can anyone tell me what happened to miss schultz?

  97. hi!there.
    I just want to say i left jeppe girls in 1970.I have never forgoten those years i spent in jeppe Girls nor any of the friends i made there. Those were beautifull days,its been 40 years . But the memories keep rushing back . I live in Portugal
    now . But hope some of my old class room friends read this, and get in touch with me. Perhapes thy will remember me better by (NELA) .


  98. I find it very strange grown ups focusing so much on a mater that is trevial as sex. What do you when kids are taught sex education, have you heard about practice makes perfect. In our days there were no sex education at school therefore there was no need to put in practice what we have learned except soccer ofcourse.

  99. Matriculated in 1997 from Jeppe Girls with Matric exemption. I also attended Jeppe Prep Primary. I realize that had I choice in the matter I would have gone to another high school. Jeppe Girls as a school was more interested in making you drop subjects or going down to standard grade for the sake of “their 100 % pass rate” There was zero interest in those who struggled.I remember having a an algebra problem that I was unable to solve for over two weeks and Mrs Tait just walked on by. You would think she would have called me up to her desk and try see where I was going wrong? No she ignored me flat out and many others too,d from there I simply gave up. Many of the other girls just used to read books, or catch up on other homework during math lessons with Mrs Tait. Some who struggled did pass but they could afford private math lessons but many others and myself included had no option but to drop the subject. I got my university entrance but had no math so who cares, it means nothing. Had I gone to Queens High school at least I would have learnt to be a decent typist! Jeppe A Matric with exemption but no science subjects is completely worthless I say this with bitterness.

  100. Oribi House 1965 through 1966.
    Jeppe to me was one amongst many boarding schools that I went to.
    They all had the first year of initiation, some sort of graduation at the end of that year, new boys derby.
    Of course the teachers had their tools of fear as well, canning. I have many a painful recollection of Greg Gass, Bill Sillburn and the Vice Headmaster of that time, taking aim at my rear end with their favorite cane.
    So for me Jeppe as well as the other schools or institutions I went to offered me opportunites to challenge the figures of oppression and to better develop my particular path of independence.
    I enjoyed sports at all of the schools I attended and took full advantage of all of the academics offered at every school I attended. But if there is one school that stands miles above them all, it is not Jeppe, for me it is Underberg Government Boarding school, the school I attended before Jeppe.
    So I can appreciate that for some folks Jeppe was and still is burned into their memories as formative and enjoyable.
    It is just great to find this site and to read through all the different memories and to think that we all are somehow connected through this school.
    So, here is to a good life and may the adventure continue.

    Northern Wisconsin

  101. I am currently at Jeppe High School For Boys.I am in gr 8,I am enjoying every moment there. The tradition,sports,ghosts,teachers and of course the boys that attend the school. Under the leadership of Mr Dempsy jeppe will soon be the top boys school in the country

  102. I left Jeppe in August of 1946. Played scrum half for the 1st15 that year. Have wanted to get in touch with the Fly Half – Ed Siebrits. Anyone know of his whereabouts? By now most of my contemporaries have passed on. Would like to hear from any still living.

    Derrick Norman (now living in the USA).

  103. I left jeppe in 2008. It was the best years of my life made lifelong friends there. And had a total blast my entire family went the. My cuz already posted here.


  104. I am currently attending Jeppe High school for girls, I really like it here but it makes me really sad that jeppe girls do not have boarding homes. I travel everyday to and from Kempton park and the travel is tyring and straneous. I spend my nights crying because all the other girls who live neaby get to participate in all sorts of wonderful activities while I have to worry about getting my bum home 🙁

  105. I wonder if anyone boarder from Jeppe High School remembers my Son SHELDON LEE TEBBUTT………… 42).
    He did not like Jeppe boardng school and I HAVE NEVER FOUND OUT WHY?
    I wonder if you know SHELDON LEE, he now lives in Walton on Thames
    Surrey, U.k………………………………..AND HAS NEVER FORGIVEN ME FOR putting him in boarding school……………………………

    He left in Std 6, went to Studywell………………

    cheryl tebbutt London

  106. I matriculated from jeppe high school for boys in 2007 to be honest when I started at jeppe I hateded but once u experience that jeppe love it becomes more than just a school but a jeppe family. I remember when one of the students was causing disruption in the class room we later got detention and the prefects did not allow us to tell on the guilty party, our punishment was we had to “describe the colour red to a blind person” it was a 1000 word essay I was angry then because we all knew the guilty person but could not tell on him. When I look back at this experience it taught us a valueble lesson and that is no matter what we must have each others backs because we are a force the “BLACK and WHITE force…
    Man I miss that place
    Bongani (sable 2007)

    1. hey bongani,i totally agree with you,it is an amazing place, we stand up for our brothers and love our brothers no matter what 🙂


  107. Hi, My son is going to be in Vancouver, Canada for two months. is there any Old Jeppe Boys out there that can assist him with accommodation while he is in an Ice Hockey Camp.

    Thanks a lot

  108. I went to Jeppe Girls from 1981 – 1985 where I matriculated. I lived in the South and caught 4 buses a day to and from school. Those were the days! We still wore hats then (hated them. shoved it in my bag and dodged prefects). I loved the flower show in February, which generally fell on my birthday (awesome). I attended my 20 year reunion – pregnant! That was 6 years ago. I now live and work in the area and my son will continue the Jeppe tradition as he heads to Jeppe Prep next year!

  109. Everyone I am still in contact with (class of 92) from boys high and girls high has turned out to be very successful in life. Thats gotta say something about the schools – even if you hated it.

  110. Hi everyone. So glad to have come across this I’m still a Jeppe Girl and I’m having a blast. Everyone else with the criticism have not experienced the Jeppe Love… Jeppe is more than just the learning it’s about feeling at home… I used to wonder why so many of our teachers are Old Girls… But I don’t anymore-I won’t be a teacher but I’ll definitely keep in touch with Jeppe….

  111. im currently a student at jeppe boys in grade 8 and i must say that the school is actually really cool, theres a lot of culture and spirit in the school,and for all the people that hate jeppe,maybe you just wasted 5 years of your life and never looked at the bright side of jeppe,there are way more possibilities to the school and if you dont like it…then TOO BAD!!!

  112. Having been a great sportsman during my primary school days it was decided to go where sports counted and was competitive. Had no option to move to KES after finishing primary school years as this is where my older brother attended and where he finished. I myself only spent a year at KES after always wanting to go to Jeppe High School for Boys, where most of my mates wer. It was later cleared by Jack White that I do not need to write an entrance exam and they wanted this bright future and talented boy from KES to make his career at what I will always believe to be, the greatest school in history to date! Yes, we had the sportsman, the nerds, the scum and then the DFG however, to me Jeppe High School showed me the manners just as KES did for my first year but there was that little difference where is Jeppe High School for Boys had more respect for their own self esteem, guys that were willing to stand and fight for one another where is I did not really feel that at KES and they were of course as arrogant as it gets although things do change after school… Two great schools but Jeppe won the battle for me at the end of the day by far… I respect ladies, I respect my eldest, I respect myself, I respect Jeppe High School for Boys… Yes I spent a few years at the tuckshop but that did not determine my fight and might to reach for goals and never give up attitude!!! Thank JEPPE for making me who I am today!!! “FORTI NIHIL DIFFICILIUS” – Not bad mouthing KES but just saying how great JEPPE was and still is!!! 🙂

  113. I rarely comment, but i did some searching and wound up here The
    Jeppe High Schools | The World According to Nils.

    And I do have a few questions for you if it’s allright. Is it simply me or does it look as if like some of these responses come across as if they are left by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting on additional online social sites, I’d
    like to keep up with everything new you have to post.
    Would you list of every one of all your shared pages like
    your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  114. I have had a most entertaining afternoon reading the remarks of all the past (and some present) students. I am still at Jeppe High School for Boys, but no longer have Room 10 as my personal classroom. I don’t remember Adrian being such an unhappy young boy. In fact I had the impression he was enjoying his high school days, perhaps not always in the classroom but certainly extramurals and the short Wednesdays, the longer breaks when staff meetings ran over time, and the hostel sandwiches!

  115. I attended JHS for Boys from 1954 to 1959
    In my opinion Jeppe was the worst years of my life being bullied by drunk teachers and bullying physical training teachers coupled with continuous brainwashing about how good the school was supposed to be.
    Well it didn’t work. I left school and have never set foot back on the premises again.
    I hope it rots into extinction.
    The only good part of my schooldays was meeting the friend I made
    Since I left South Africa I lost contact with them so if anyone knows what happened to Vin Baker, Trevor Eden, Peter and Paul Lundie, John Wishart, Elwyn Nicholas Jacky Smythe, Douglas Anderson please let me know through this thread

  116. i was excepted to go to JHS next year (2015, only 2 months to go!!) i only went for the tour and to a get together to meet girls before then. i think its a lovely school, and all those people who left or are still there, stop passing horrible comments! not everthing in life is perfect, but this school is perfect for me and all other who appreciate it and look for the good stuff and not always thnk about the bad

  117. I attended JHS from 1965/69 (day boy) and my son Simon from 1993/94 (Oribi)when we moved to Canada. The one real regret both of us have is that Simon did not complete his time at Jeppe. It saddens me somewhat to hear that some of the old boys did not appreciate or enjoy the benefits of attending a marvellous school. Every boy that attended Jeppe I see as part of my extended family who I learned something from and I thank them all for that. My best regards to all Jeppe pupils both past and present, both girls and boys. Ivan

  118. I remember you Mr Trollip. I was a little guy in Mpiti in 1962.
    Do you remember the groundsman Jumbo standing on the top of the stone steps at the rugby field shouting”FIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” every time Fish Vorster, who was the fullback, got the ball.
    I also remember Ivan Scott. You were a prefect if I remember correctly. I see your son was an Oribi…….so was I when I went to high school. I am convinced he will be a better product of the Jeppe system than you were….stay well.

  119. I was a little new boy at Mpiti in 1963. I am sure Sharon Shapiro will not remember me but I remember her well. I was very homesick when I arrived at the school and Sharon who was in Std 5 or so, together with her friends, put their arms around me and comforted me. I just want to tell her how much she meant to a very sad little boy who was missing his mommy……….
    PS I got beaten up by Dudley Wiles because I managed to get my arm around you and he had been trying, without success, for some time as I understand it………..

  120. I attended the Jeppe Prep, and later Jeppe Boys High. Enjoyed the Prep school immensely, had mixed feelings about the high school. Miss Hanna (sp?) was head of the Prep when I was there, and the ‘Boss’ A J Grant was head of high school. Mr Grant was replaced by Mr Beckwith. Mr Beckwith thought little of me, and applied the cane regularly. I never saw any ‘drunken teachers’, as is alleged by one poster, nor was I ever bullied to any great extent. My family have a long association with the school, three generations went there. I had occasion to visit in 2014, and was very impressed with what I saw, and with the scholars I met. Liked their new ‘mission statement’, which is “Turning Black & White into Gold”.
    Despite Mr Beckwith’s lack of faith in me and my future prospects, I seem to have made a fair go of it, now comfortably retired. I have many very good memories of Jeppe, and I am still in contact with some school friends. No regrets about my Jeppe days, pleased to be associated with the schools.

  121. I attended Jeppe from 1972 – 1976 and enjoyed my time there, My name is Hugh Cunningham, son of the teacher that taught there until the late 60’s. A school rich in tradition and one that gets into your blood and stays in your blood. I can remember many of the teachers that taught there. My dad is now 90 years old, he taught Latin and History at the school if I remember correctly. After he retired as headmaster at Dawnview High Scholl he returned t Jeppe Boys and taught there again for a few more years.

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