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School History & Philosophy

School History & Philosophy
A Beacon of Comprehensive Education and Character Development
our proud heritage

In 1841 John McNaughton was appointed Headmaster of what was to become the Wynberg Boys’ Schools. Hailing from Scotland, McNaughton established the school to offer a comprehensive education encompassing academics, culture, service, and sports. The philosophy of the school has always been to prepare its students for life in South African society through a well-rounded education.

Over the years, the school has nurtured a rich history, part of which is documented in its museum. This museum traces the history of the school and the Wynberg community. Currently, efforts are underway to digitalise the museum’s collection, making it accessible online.


On 1 July 1841, Headmaster John McNaughton reopened Wynberg Free School in its original home, Glebe Cottage on Waterloo Green in Wynberg. For over 180 years, the school has continued to grow and develop, offering a wide range of academic, cultural, and sporting opportunities for its students.

Today, Wynberg Boys’ High School is known for its tradition of academic excellence, as well as its strong emphasis on sports, arts, and community involvement. The school continues to uphold its values of inclusivity, diversity, and the pursuit of excellence, ensuring that each student receives a well-rounded education and is prepared for the challenges of the future.

Building a Passion for Learning Together

Wynberg Boys’ High School is committed to providing opportunities for our students to pursue excellence in all aspects of education: academic, cultural, and sporting. The school further promotes a responsibility of service to our broader community, a commitment to unity from diversity, and an ethos of relevant citizenship. At the end of a student’s school career he must be able to take his place proudly and responsibly in South African society

Our philosophy is set on Four Pillars – Academics, Culture, Service and Sport, ensuring every boy participates equally across all Pillars so that at the end of their time with us they leave as wellrounded young men equipped for all spheres of life.


Admissions at Wynberg Boys High School offer students an opportunity to embark on a journey of academic excellence and personal growth. We welcome applicants who are passionate about learning, driven to succeed, and eager to contribute to our vibrant community. Our admissions process is designed to identify students who demonstrate potential, character, and a commitment to our school’s values. From comprehensive application forms to interviews and assessments, we strive to ensure a fair and thorough evaluation of each candidate. At Wynberg Boys High School, we believe in nurturing talent and providing a supportive environment where every student can thrive. Join us in shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

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