At Pretoria Boys High School we strive to provide all our boys with the best competitive abilities and opportunities in order to grow as individuals and active, healthy young men. There is a wide range of sport offered at Pretoria Boys.
The school’s athletics’ season takes place in the third term but there are several opportunities throughout the year for boys who wish to participate at a higher level in athletics. The school takes part in a number of summer league meetings against schools in the Gauteng Region during the first and fourth term.
During the third term, most boys take part in athletics during the two-day inter-house athletics meeting. The school also competes against Johannesburg boys’ schools and our top athletes compete in various categories at inter-provincial tournaments.
Master-in-Charge: Mr L. Keeton
This sport has gained substantial popularity over the past few years, and PBHS has a number of strong teams competing during the Summer Sport Season. Basketball is run in the first, second and fourth term.
Every year the school undertakes a tour to Durban to compete in a festival held at Durban High School. During the first and fourth terms, the boys play against boys’ schools from Johannesburg and in the third term all teams compete in the Pretoria League.
Master-in-Charge: Mr M. Mola
The climbing that the boys at PBHS do at school incorporates bouldering (in the Gym) as well as traversing our very own climbing wall. The boys often venture out to the Bouldering Cave in Silverton or The Climbing Barn in Lynnwood on a weekly basis. The weekends often see the boys visiting some of the crags in and around Pretoria, however, the highlights are the adventures out to Waterval Boven, Bronkhorstspruit and Swinburne.
Climbing is often overlooked as a sport and we aim to remove the stigma attached to it. It requires incredible strength, balance and concentration and our boys, under the guidance of professional climbers, are shown how to climb with precision and skill.
Our climbers take part in several competitions. The Bouldering League takes place at the beginning of the year during the first term and consists of approximately five competitions. The second League Competition is a Lead Climbing Competition and it takes place in the third term and stretches across 6-8 weeks. At the close of each of the League Competitions, there is a selection of the top 5 climbers to represent Gauteng Climbing at The National Bouldering and Lead Climbing Competitions.
Master in Charge: Mr W. Truter
Pretoria Boys High School has at its disposal six cricket pitches, nine artificial nets and two sets of turf practice nets. The main cricket oval is arguably the best school field in South Africa. There are generally between eighteen and twenty-two cricket teams playing in a season and the first and fourth terms make up the main cricket season. During the third term, the senior and junior A-Teams take part in the Pretoria League. A full-time professional coach is employed to oversee the coaching of all teams and to encourage and promote cricket at junior level. The 1st and U14A cricket teams attend festivals every September.
Director of Cricket: Mr D. Jefferson
Cross country runs throughout the year and the school has a junior and a senior team. Both these teams compete in several competitions and friendly meets. Two of the larger competitions are namely the Johannesburg League against all the large boys’ schools, and the Pretoria League which consists of the co-ed schools in Pretoria.
During the school’s first term, there are many internal cross-country events, the largest of which is the annual school cross-country race in which more than 1400 boys and staff participate.
Master in Charge: Mr. L Keeton
Fencing at PBHS is a year-round sport and although there are no official leagues, the fencing team takes part in the Johannesburg Men’s Competition. There are no individual age group teams, only a “senior team”, but anyone may take part in the practices and competitions. The fencing team has a professional coach that comes in weekly to assist the boys with their form, strategy and techniques.
Master-In-Charge: Mr I. van Vollenhoven
Pretoria Boys High has a group of exceptionally strong golfers of all age groups whose ‘green’ is their passion.
The golfers play off campus at various Country Clubs. Our boys take part in several festivals throughout the year, such as the Woodlands Junior Masters, the Johannesburg League, the Links Festival and others.
Master-In-Charge: Mr G. Botha
Hockey is one of the two major winter sports. PBHS is home to four grass fields, as well as a state-of-the art artificial astroturf for the top teams. PBHS can cater for up to sixteen teams.
A number of national players, at both junior and senior levels, have been produced by the school. The school annually attends three “Nomads” Festivals for different age groups hosted around South Africa.
Director of Hockey: Mr C. Fielding
Mountain Biking is a relatively new sport that has been introduced to our school. Our Mountain Bikers compete in several races against local schools throughout the year which culminates in the our biggest event – the 24 Hour MTB Challenge held annually in September. This event is open to all and we have teams of all ages attending from all over the country.
Master-In-Charge: Mr H. Pretorius
One of the two major winter sports, and probably the most loved and revered, the school has 28 rugby sides. PBHS is home to eight rugby fields, and each of our teams practice at least three times a week.
Teams undertake several tours for different age groups around South Africa during the April school holidays. Outside of the province, the school plays Maritzburg College, Hilton, Michaelhouse and Grey College annually.
Director of Rugby: Mr P. Anthony
Soccer was formally introduced into the Boys High sport fraternity in 2017. The response was incredible and we now have numerous teams competing against provincial schools. The Football season kicks off in the third term with professional student coaches coming in to train the boys.
Master-In-Charge: Mr S PetrosVIEW FIXTURES & RESULTS
Pretoria Boys High School is the premier squash school in South Africa. Some of our achievements include:
Nine-time National Top Schools Champions
Consistently receiving the award for Best Squash School in Pretoria
School with the most South African representatives at the World Junior Mens Championships
Consistently producing SA Schools ranked
Producing a large number of Old Boys who go on to represent the Northern Gauteng Men’s Team at the prestigious Jarvis Cup Inter-provincial Tournament
Aside from these achievements, we are very proud of the quality of the average player that we produce. This can be seen by the high number of Old Boys playing in the Men’s League in Pretoria who continue to play for years after leaving school. This is attributed to the excellent squash culture that we have at Pretoria Boys High School, where we focus on improving playing standards while never losing sight of the most important aspect: enjoying the game!
Many of our players only started playing squash upon their arrival at Boys High. However, with the support of excellent coaches and conditioning managers, all boys learn to play well and have a great love of the game.
Master-In-Charge: Mr C. Stephens
The school’s generally strong swimming team has managed to win the Gauteng Boys Schools Relay Gala and the Pretoria Schools Inter-High Gala on a number of occasions. Our campus has two pools, one for swimming and the other for Water Polo. Swimming is a seasonal sport which takes place in the first and fourth term. Various swimming teams attend the Alan Burt Gala annually contested by the top five swimming schools in Gauteng along with the top swimming schools in KwaZulu Natal.
Master-In-Charge: Ms A. Bolduc
This sport has recently been established at Boys High. There are two teams and they take part in the Pretoria Schools Table Tennis League. An outside coach is employed to coach both the junior and senior teams. This sport takes place throughout the year.
Master-In-Charge: Mr C. Davies
There are seven tennis courts and this sport is played throughout the year. There are two age groups which take part in the Johannesburg and Pretoria Leagues. These age groups are Open (U17, U18 and U19) and Junior (U14, U15 and U16). The senior A-Team undertakes annual tours to Paul Roos and Grey College. A professional tennis coach is employed to coach the 1st Team and is also available to give private lessons.
Master-In-Charge: Mr G. Stoffberg
Water Polo has become one of the most popular sports which the school offers. On any given Saturday, more than sixteen teams take part in fixtures, using both pools situated on the school grounds. A Boys High Festival was held in 2006 for the first time and has became an annual event. Teams from all over South Africa are invited to attend. The 1st Water Polo Team attends all the Water Polo festivals hosted by boys’ schools.
Director of Water Polo: Mr F. Louw