Paul Roos Gymnasium

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Paul Roos Gymnasium (previously Stellenbosch Gymnasium, Stellenbosch Boys’ High, and Victoria College) is a government school for boys in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. The school is an English and Afrikaans medium school with classes from Grade 8 to Grade 12.

The school is situated close to the University of Stellenbosch and shares sport and internet facilities with the institution. Its sister schools are Bloemhof Hoer Meisieskool and Rhenish.


Paul Roos Gymnasium was founded in 1866 as the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. Its name changed 3 times until it settled as Paul Roos in 1940. It was named after a former captain of the springbok rugby team, Paul Roos, who was also a former student, teacher, and school rector.


The school motto is Semper Splendidior which means “Always Brighter” or “Always More Splendid”.



  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Athletics
  • Squash
  • Golf
  • Water polo
  • Tennis
  • Football
  • Swimming


  • Chess
  • News
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Music


  • Library
  • Computer labs
  • Hockey fields
  • Rugby fields
  • Swimming pool
  • Olympic water polo aquatic centre
  • Tennis courts
  • Gym
  • 2 hostels


The Rhodes Scholarship was implemented in 1903. The school is one of only 4 schools in South Africa to award a Rhodes Scholarship annually to an ex pupil for studying at the University of Oxford.


  • JBM Hertzog
  • DF Malan
  • Jan Smuts
  • Andried Bekker
  • Schalk Brits
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Paul Roos
  • Josh Strauss



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De Oude Bank Bakkerij 423 m away - Stellenbosch
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Basic Bistro 436 m away - Stellenbosch
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