St John's College

St John’s College is an esteemed school for boys in Johannesburg. It ranks as one of South Africa’s top schools, with a prestigious international reputation.

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St John's College in Johannesburg.

The school follows the traditions of the Anglican Church and teaching is based on the values of the Anglican ethos while celebrating the traditions of other faith communities.

The school was founded in 1898, and all the planned buildings, constructed around a new quadrangle, were completed by 1962. These included 11 classrooms, a boarding house for 70 boys, a sixth-form block, and two staff houses.

As a result of this St John's was by the mid-1960s well equipped by modern standards. Greater emphasis was placed on drama and music, and an art department was formed; overseas tours were arranged and scholar-exchange programmes set up with Eton in England.

Early Headmasters of St John's

The role of the Community of the Resurrection in the running of St John's College continued for two decades after the retirement of James Na...more

History of St John's

The Community of the Resurrection had taken over control of St John’s College in 1906 to save it from closing down. By the end of 1934, wi...more

Later Headmasters of St John's

The first lay headmaster of St John's, appointed in 1954, was Deane Yates MA (Oxon), who came from Mill Hill, a well-known English public sc...more

St John's Architecture

The St John's school buildings, as they stand today are a tribute to the great architect Sir Herbert Baker, who designed the earlier buildin...more

The Greatest of St John's

In sport, St John's has not produced as many internationals as most of its rivals - King Edward VII School, and Jeppe, Parktown and Pretoria...more