Wynberg Boys High School was founded in 1841. To celebrate their 170th Anniversary in 2011 we have 72 years of Wynberg Boy’s High School Year Books.
These records include team sports results and photos, prefects names and photos as well as teachers and the subjects they taught.
Search through these Magazines and add your families sporting and academic achievements into your family tree.
We found many famous sportsmen who attended Wynberg Boys High School.
Jacques Kallis, South African cricketer.
Allan Lamb, England cricketer.
Garth Le Roux, South African cricketer.
Charl Willoughby, South African cricketer.
Paddy Upton, Physical Trainer of the South African cricket team.
Shadley van Schalkwyk, Diamond Eagles cricketer.
Dominic Telo, Cape Cobras and Derbyshire cricketer.
Richard Levi, Cape Cobras cricketer.
Aubrey Martyn, South African cricketer.
Rob Louw, South African rugby
P.A. Cronje, South African rugby
Doug Hopwood, South African rugby
Lionel Wilson, South African rugby
Doug Holton, South African rugby
David Stewart, South African rugby
Reginald Schwarz, England rugby union team and South African cricket team
Roy Dryburgh, South African rugby
Gary Gold, South African rugby forwards coach.
Wayne Denne, South Africa national field hockey team
Rhett Halkett, South Africa national field hockey team
Lloyd Norris Jones, South Africa national field hockey team
Vaughn Erasmus, South Africa national field hockey team
Ian Haley, South Africa national field hockey team
Jonty Robinson, South Africa national field hockey team
Simon Martin, South Africa national field hockey team
John Martin, yachting
Hendrik Verwoerd, Former Prime Minister of South Africa
Andrew Feinstein, South African politician
Graeme Watkins, 3rd place in the 2009 edition of Idols (South Africa)
Donald Black, author
Michael Gelfand, distinguished Professor of tropical medicine
Kresimir Krnjevic, Professor of Physiology, Officer of the Order of Canada
Mendel Kaplan. Philanthropist, billionaire Industrialist, and founder of the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Cape Town
Herbert Philip Masterton-Smith, youngest ever Comrades Marathon Winner
Vic Clapham, Founder of the Comrades Marathon.
The school started its humble beginnings in Glebe Cottage under first Headmaster John McNaughton and changed site three times before moving onto its present site on Wynberg Hill in 1980. Today over 800 boys are taught by approximately 50 teachers with Mr. Keith Richardson as Headmaster today.
Search our database of over 350 young men who joined up as cadets in the Army from 1905 – 1913 from various schools and institutions in South Africa.
This archive of information will provide you with surname, first names, institute attended, date joined and rank.
Some of the schools included are Marist Brothers Cape Town, Normal College Cape Town, Gill College, Graaff-Reinet College, Grey Institute Cadets, Heidelberg Volksschool Cadets, Jeppe Central Government School Cadets, Kroonstad Secondary School Cadets, South African College High School, St. Aidan’s College Cadets, Winburg Secondary School Cadets, Witbank School Cadets and Wynberg Boys High School to mention a few.
Do you have any photos or stories about your family members who were cadets? We would love to hear from you and share your family’s memoires.
Wynberg Boys’ High School heard with immense sadness of the passing on Friday 9th April 2010 of one of its teaching stalwarts, Alf Morris, at the age of 87. He had been in very poor health for some time.
He joined the Wynberg Boys’ High School staff in April 1947 as a physical education teacher in the final year of the headship of Mr W Clegg. His long and illustrious 41 year career saw him serve under four Headmasters and to them all he showed an immense loyalty and dedication. During this time, he taught Biology, English and for many years he headed up the Geography Department.
Although he ran Rhodes House from 1955 – 1969, he was also to be remembered for his two stints as Housemaster of Littlewood House where his integrity, his innate kindness and his concern with the well-being of the young men in his charge was very evident. However, many will say that it was as a coach and administrator of rugby where his greatest contribution to Wynberg lay. He was Master in Charge of Rugby from 1966 to his retirement in 1988 with many generations of Wynberg rugby players paying tribute to his attention to detail and his boundless energy. The prescient school magazine of 1948 summed up his approach to coaching admirably by recording: ‘The success of the u13A team is all the more pleasing because of its coach Mr Alf Morris. His keenness and tireless enthusiasm permeated the teams he handled and contributed to making the u13A one of the best and also one of the most attractive teams to watch.’ Little did the writer of this article know that it would be a credit to Alf Morris the Schoolmaster that he was destined to maintain this enthusiasm and energy to his very last year of teaching. His patience, his passion and his love of life was very evident in all he did – both on the sportsfield and in the classroom.
One of his legacies is the school’s Mountain Club. It was dear to his heart and for years he led numerous boys on the trails of South Africa from the Boland Trail to the Fish River Canyon unfailingly stressing to them the Lore of the Mountains. Even in 1988, the year of his retirement, saw him still taking a number of staff and boys on the Swellendam Trail. After his retirement, both as teacher and as vice principal of the school, he threw his energies into the eradication of alien vegetation and the slopes of Constantiaberg today bear witness to his commitment and dedication. These slopes, as well as the hearts of thousands of young men, are his true monument.
One of Alf’s earliest pupils, Mendel Kaplan (matric 1953), was one of Wynberg’s most generous benefactors. Nothing reveals the admiration and reverence with which Alf was held when Mendel insisted that the restoration of old gym, for which he provided the funds, must be renamed the Alf Morris Centre in honour of his former teacher. Today, the Alf Morris Centre is the home of six music rooms and an impressive 150 seat theatre.
To many Wynberg boys over the years, he was just simply known as ‘The Kid’. This term of affection was given to him when he arrived at Wynberg as an enthusiastic and keen youngster. For 41 years, he never lost these attributes.
We at Wynberg feel his loss deeply. Right to the end, he loyally supported functions at the school and there were few Prizegivings or Founders’ Day Ceremonies where he would not be seen in the second row in the audience. Unfailingly, he would come up afterwards and commend the speakers and say how much he enjoyed the ceremony. We mourn with his wife Helena whom he married in 1957 when she was a music teacher at the Junior School. She went on to become one of South Africa’s most celebrated pianists. To her, and their son Alan, himself a Wynberg Old Boy, and his daughter Catherine and their respective families, we convey our deepest condolences.
Wynberg salutes one of their icons. The Kid was an example to all.
There will be a Memorial Service at Wynberg in the Clegg Hall, this Friday 16 April at 15h00.
Do you have any old school class lists? Join our growing database of past pupils from schools around Africa and send us your records.