Alexandra Secondary School
Alexandra Secondary was established in 1938 on land donated by one of the famous sons of Alexandra, a “Mr Mabiletsa”, at 6th Avenue. It was the first and only secondary school in the township at the time.
At the height of the struggle, the school was burnt down during riots, forcing its relocation to 1st Avenue. It would later relocate again, moving to its current location in 2nd Avenue in March 1984.
Headmasters responsible for maintaining the high standards of the school included Leepile Taunyane, one of the prominent Alexandrians who later played a critical role in shaping professional football in South Africa.
Many prominent South Africans have gone through the gates of Alexandra High School, including Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile.
Prominent former students: Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza, Pirates captain Benson Mhlongo and Kaizer Chiefs’ Ace Kungwane.
Benoni High School
“Better than the best”
Benoni High School, situated on the East Rand, was established in August 1922 with Standard 7 and 8 classes forming a secondary department of the old Benoni Central School in Howard Avenue.
The opening to learners had to be delayed until August, however, because of violent civil disturbances in Benoni during the 1922 miners’ strike. The school’s proud history in sporting and cultural achievements thus began from 1923.
Over the years the school has excelled in football, with victory in the prestigious Grey College tournament among the many tournaments the school has won.
Prominent former students: Rowen Fernandez, former Bafana goalkeeper (who sponsors his former school’s annual football tournament) and Platinum Stars’ Bradley Grobler.
Jet Nteo High School
The school was established in 1992 as the offspring of Lebohang High School in Boipatong, under the leadership of Molefi Oliphant, the former SAFA President.
It catered only for Grade 9’s and 10’s while Grade 11’s and 12’s were schooled at Lebohang High.
Rakhomo Steven Motsoane was the founder principal and had to make do with a staff of 19 educators and an administration clerk.
In 1998, the school relocated to its current premises in Vanderbijlpark and was officially opened by the then Minister of Education, Mary Metcalf.
The crown jewel of Vanderbijlpark has since shone bright, excelling in both academics and extra-curricular activities.
The football team has frequently been crowned district, provincial and national schools champions.
Prominent former student: Lamontville Golden Arrows’ Bonakele Twala.
Orlando High School
“Nothing without hard work”
Established in 1939, Orlando High School was the first high school to be built in a township. Operations began in August 1939 at Communal Hall with “Mr Masipa” as caretaker principal. The school was intended to cater for learners from Orlando East/West as well as Pimville, but is now open to all of Soweto.
The first student to be registered was Rudolph Mthimkhulu, who would later become principal.
The school has since become an integral part of the entire Soweto community and is viewed as the hub around which people develop and prosper.
Over the years it has become a veritable development academy for Orlando Pirates as many of the club’s legends were educated there.
Prominent former students: Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, SA u-23 Coach (played for Swallows and Pirates), Jerry Sadike, who played for Chiefs and Pirates, Andries “Chaka-Chaka” Mpondo, who played for Swallows, George “Brains” Mchunu, who played for Pirates and Force Khashane, who also played for Pirates.
Rosina Sedibane Sports School
“We deliver educationally sound, well-groomed sport ambassadors”
Voted as the 2004 South African Sport School of the Year, Rosina Sedibane is the only school of sport within a distinct category of public schools in Gauteng, targeting learners from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds.
The school rose from the ashes of the Transvaal College of Education in Laudium in January 2003. It provides highly specialised coaching in athletics, basketball, cricket, gymnastics, netball, rugby, swimming and football.
Not only does it excel in sports, but academic excellence is of utmost importance and this resulted in it being awarded the 2009 Tshwane South District award for the Most Improved School in matric results.
Prominent former students: Many PSL teams have fed off the schools development programme with SuperSport United now in partnership with the school, having acquiring the talents of Kermit Erasmus, Thandanani Ntshumayelo, Masibusane Zongo, Komohelo Mokotjo and Keegan Ritchie.
Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte High School
“Glo in God, glo in jou volk, glo in jouself”
Hoërskool Voortrekkerhoogte opened its doors on top of a dolomite hill to 433 learners and 19 educators in January 1962. At the wheel of the ship was the deputy principal, JP Malan, who had the gigantic responsibility to ensure that a foundation of integrity, camaraderie and religion was laid.
VTH has over the years excelled in athletics, rugby, netball, tennis, gymnastics and hockey, memorably making the Beeld final in 1986.
The school has undergone a major transformation over the years and 1998 saw the introduction of football. It is now part of the Pretoria high schools’ Premier Soccer League with five boys’ teams and two girls’ teams.
Prominent former students: Phillip Schutte (rugby), Jackie Krause (rugby), Stephan Schoeman (rowing), Pear Mano (women’s rugby), Andre Luther (rugby).
Sacred Heart College
“Education with heart that knows no bounds”
Sacred Heart College traces its origins to the arrival of two Marist Brothers in the mining
town of Johannesburg in 1889. Although it started with five pupils, within 10 years the school was 800-strong.
Originally situated in Koch Street in central Johannesburg, it relocated to the outskirts of town in Observatory, in 1924, where it remains to this day.
The school has undergone a number of changes in its 112-year history. For the bulk of its history, until 1976, it was an all-boys, all-white school providing high quality academic and sporting education primarily for Catholic boys. Boys of all races were accepted and later in 1980 girls were also welcomed.
Today the school consists of over 1100 learners from pre-primary to Grade 12. It is equally representative of all races and is the school of choice for many South African parents.
Prominent former students: Owen Hannie (SA cyclist and SuperSport presenter), Chanel Moonsamy (Springbok gymnast), Simphiwe Tshabalala (Standard Bank executive), Hlomlo Dandala (actor), Nobunye Levin (film director; named among the top 200 most influential young South Africans); Katlego Danke (actress), Lebo Mashile (poet and TV presenter), Rethabile Ramaphakela (actress and TV presenter) and Katlego Ramaphakela (actor).
Christian Brothers College Pretoria
“To be the leader in progressive, Christian education"
Just 10km east of Pretoria’s Church Square nestles Christian Brothers’ College Mount Edmund, which is steeped in Catholic tradition spanning more than 80 years.
The idea of the school arose in 1917 as Bishop Cox and the priests of Pretoria were anxious to have a Brothers’ school established in the administrative capital. On this understanding the site on Lynnwood Road adjoining the University of Pretoria was purchased for the construction.
The College first opened its doors in September 1922 with four Brothers: JL Hayes, TJ Enright, ED Duggan and PA Mc Kenna, with Brother JJ Mullan as principal, formed the first staff.
On the opening day there were 56 pupils, but by the end of the year the registration had reached 90.
In 1969, the expansion of the University of Pretoria necessitated the relocation of the college to the Silverton campus known as Mount Edmund. Today the college is known as CBC Mount Edmund Pretoria.
Prominent former students: Aaron Phangiso (BizHub Highveld Lions) and Mape Modiba (Sundowns).
The Glen High School
“Respect with honour”
The rapid eastward expansion of Pretoria in the 1970’s led to the establishment by the Transvaal Education Department of The Glen High School in 1976.
The name was selected by the parents and had a profound influence on its identity. The use of the thistle as the school badge was a logical outcome of this name.
In the early years the only facility the school had was the gymnasium. Only after the Education Department levelled the terrain in 1980 could the school build further facilities.
Soon the tennis courts were constructed, the playing fields laid out, the shooting range built and cricket nets erected. The first big single project was the swimming pool, followed by the spectacular indoor sports centre.
Prominent former students: Kerryn Jordan (1997/98 PSL top goalscorer with Manning Rangers), Steve Crowley (Bafana Bafana goalkeeper), Anton Greyling (SuperSport United) and Bjorn Gugger (SuperSport United).
Plus these schools will participate . . .
Mohloli (Vereeniging, Gauteng), Benny’s Care (Makhado, Limpopo), Phahameng (Nylstroom, Limpopo), Leruntseledi (Delareyville, North West), Mahlatsi (Malelane/Shongwe, Mpumalanga), Groutville (Stanger, KZN), Shayamoya (Umzinto, KZN), Kagiso (Phutaditjhaba, Free State), Pabalello High (Upington, Northern Cape), Rietval High (Kimberley, Northern Cape), Western Cape Sport School (Cape Town, Western Cape), Kuyasa Junior Secondary School (Dutywa, Eastern Cape), Meadowlands (Soweto, Gauteng) and School of Excellence (Esselen Park, Gauteng).