Paarl Gimnasium

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Paarl Gimnasium (Paarl Gim or Paarl Gym) is a co-ed Afrikaans high school in Paarl in the Western Cape. The school is a top sporting school and has produced several famous South African rugby players, such as Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers. The Interschool’s Tournament against Paarl Boys’ High School is a popular event on the sporting calendar and draws thousands of spectators every year.


Paarl Gimnasium was founded in 1858 by Rev. van Lingen as a Dutch Christian school for boys. In 1964, the school split into two separate schools - a primary school and a high school. The primary school is housed in the Gimnasium building.


The school motto is Sol Justitae Illustra Nos which means “Sun of Justice, Shine Upon Us”.



  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Lifesaving


  • Public speaking and debating
  • Drama
  • Choir
  • Chess
  • Junior City Council


  • Auditorium
  • Computer centre
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Indoor sports centre
  • Clubhouse
  • Swimming pool
  • Athletics track
  • Hockey fields
  • Cricket field
  • Rugby field
  • Netball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Boarding


  • Japie le Roux
  • Boy de Villiers
  • Steve Joubert
  • Jan Pickard
  • Kobus Wiese
  • Jean de Villiers
  • Schalk Burger



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