Sport is undoubtedly the best arena for learners to experience and grow as individuals and to learn to work in teams. These are aspects which will help individuals succeed in day to day life once they leave the secure environment provided by a school. They will learn to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. They will learn to push themselves in order to realise their potentials, whilst having fun at the same time. Sport at Parktown Boys’ High School will ensure that all learners excel to the best of their individual abilities, whether that be representing an A side or an E side.
Athletics at Parktown Boys' High School has long and strong heritage within the school with Athletics being only one of two disciplines still happening at the school since it opened in 1923. We have the privilege of being one of the few schools to have held the title of Inter High Athletics champions and with hard work and determination we look forward to winning it again. We look forward to seeing you all on the track giving 100% for the Red and Black.
The 1st cricket matches reported in the “ The Parktonian” were those of the 1923-24 season. The captain was I.Gering (whose son JS Gering captained the 1957 side) and the matches were played against King Edward, Jeppe, Pretoria, St.Johns and Marist Brothers. The first victory over an established first XI was against St.Johns in 1924 with I Gering scoring 69 runs and taking 5 wickets for 41. Parktown Boys’ High School cricket is now 91 years down the road and is one of the top 10 boys schools in South Africa.
- Cross Country
Our school has between 30 and 40 athletes who run the leagues on Monday afternoons during the second term. Over the past five years the junior and senior teams have consistently finished in the top two positions of the league against schools such as King Edward VII and St. Johns College. The school always manages to get three to five athletes in the Central District team.
Football is not just a game. It is one of the most popular sports in the world (number 1 in South Africa, no doubt), it also a huge business, a passion, an art, which requires discipline and commitment if you want to master its different aspects. And when you do so it is probably one of the most enjoyable experiences, no matter what position you play. It is the beautiful game, the king of sports.
Those who are golf fanatics and business men or women, probably already know and understand the subtle nuances that the game of golf has in common with the business process. Golf can tell you a lot of things about yourself and your partners. It’s easy to mind your P’s and Q’s at a business luncheon or in an office setting, but on the course, when your focus is diffused and your guard is down and your competitive juices get flowing, then how do you behave? The game of golf will teach the learners valuable skills that they will carry with them in life to use in business and personal endeavors.
Parktown Boys' High School has been playing hockey since 1952. The only other schools playing at that time in this area were Pretoria Boys' High School, St Johns College and Boksburg High. The first match played against King Edward VII was in 1958 - which Parktown won 2-1. In 1959 the first inter-schools tournament was played with Parktown emerging as the top school. The first inter Provincial tournament was played in 1960 with three Parktown boys being included in the Southern Transvaal team.
Parktown Boys’ High school has a proud history when it comes to its rowing club. We are one of three schools in the Province who are able to boast over 50 years of rowing tradition. Our aim is to provide an opportunity for every young man to have the chance to get on the water and enjoy what is truly a fantastic sport. We strive to be the best through dedication in training and competition while never losing sight of the core values we are trying to instill in our learners – integrity, humility and commitment.
The game of Rugby is probably the most televised of our National sports and it is undoubtedly the most successful, next to the individual great Golfers that our country produces annually.
More boys play Rugby at Parktown Boys’ High School than any other sport and in terms of its profile, it is the one sport which receives the most media coverage.The entire school certainly comes alive during the Rugby season with so many of our boys being involved. To witness the entire school singing and cheering the 1st XV on each week is something very special to behold and something everyone should be part of.
Shooting at Parktown has been extremely successful. The shooters are very determined and as a result achieve great successes. Shooting is very different from other sports in that the shooters participate as individuals representing their schools and also as a team by combining their scores. The scores are carried over to each tournament and the final scores are used to select the provincial team. The shooting season is six months - January to June each year. The provincial team is usually selected in July and the South African National Schools Target Shooting Competition is held at the end of September.
Squash is a recent, but nonetheless highly successful sport at Parktown Boys’ High School having produced a number of South African national and age group number ones in recent years. These include Mike Toothill (Parktown’s current head coach), Richard Dodd, and Wade Groenewald (the 2010 under 19 South African number one). Parktown boasts three squash courts in our state of the art Sports Centre. We also make use of Parkview and Chambers Exile squash courts.
Swimming is one of those unique sports that is both an individual and team sport. The individual must put in the hours on his own, swimming from one end of a pool to the other in what appears to be a mindless exercise. Each length another challenge, each breath another battle as the water fights to stop you. The team aspect lies in the camaraderie that we experience on the stands when we are cheering for a swimmer, shouting until we are hoarse to encourage the relay team and jumping around and hugging with tears in our eyes when one of our boys has broken a record and swum a personal best time.
Parktown Boys' High School has a long history of tennis. The records first show tennis being played in 1928. Shortly after that there was regular participation against many familiar Johannesburg schools that Parktown Boys' still play against today. The school 1st team was entered into the local school tennis league. Over the years that followed there were many successes and the school 1st team recorded wins in the local school league. There were many ups and downs over the years as the depth of players varied. In the early years use had to be made of any available courts that could be hired.
- Water Polo
Water Polo is one of the fastest growing summer activities in South Africa and boys are being introduced to the game at primary school level. School boys are moving away from the traditional summer activities and trying their hand at this very physically demanding sport. The school currently fields two teams per age group and three open sides. Parktown had its most successful teams in the school’s history in 2010, winning the u19 Grey college tournament and the highly coveted Old Edwardian cup, now commonly known as the KES tournament. We were ranked as South Africa’s number one school boy team for 2010.