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Historic Timeline

Sir George Grey founder of Grey College

1855-01-01

Sir George Grey founder of Grey College

Sir George Grey, founder of Grey College. George was sent to the Royal Grammar School at Guildford in Surrey.

KCB was a British soldier, explorer, Governor of South Australia, twice Governor of New Zealand, Governor of Cape Colony, the 11th Premier of New Zealand and a writer.

George worked hard to achieve his goals and was renowned for his high standards, a survivor of neat drowning multiple shipwreck & walking 600km to Perth from Kalbari also after been speared in hip. He was always able to step up to the challenge & achieve the impossible at times, his humility while being in power made him gain lots of respect from the locals no matter which nation he governed.

Making a difference & contribution was something remarkable about his gentlemen & caring character.

Something we can learn from the life of Sir George Grey, “it does not matter how much you have conquered, if you have not left behind some kind of contribution, your life was meaningless” #VivaLaGrey

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Sir George Grey founder of Grey High School in Port Elizabeth

1856-01-01

Sir George Grey founder of Grey High School in Port Elizabeth

Sir George Grey was also the founder of world famous Grey High School in Port Elizabeth in 1856. in 1859 he laid the foundation stone of the New Somerset Hospital, Cape Town. George also gave land for the establishment of Auckland Grammar School in Newmarket, Auckland in 1850. The school was officially recognised as an educational establishment in 1868.

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First Recorded Rugby Match for Grey 1st XV

1881-06-04

First Recorded Rugby Match for Grey 1st XV

The First recorded rugby match was played 4th of June 1881 against St Andrews School in Bloemfontein. It provided plenty of excitement. This match, like the game played in 1882, which Grey College won both by one goal to nil, was played under the so-called “Winchester”rules, in terms of which teams consisted of 15 players.

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Grey Reunie Founded

1884-05-10

Grey Reunie Founded

The Grey College Reunie was founded on 10 May 1884 with the sole purpose of serving the interests of the School and its Old Boys.

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Old Boy Abraham Fischer chosen as Prime Minister of Oranje Unie

1907-11-24

Old Boy Abraham Fischer chosen as Prime Minister of Oranje Unie

Famous quote by Grey teacher Wally Westphal “When the occasion demands it, the Grey boy always comes up to scratch.”

1911-01-10

Wally Westphal was appointed in 1911 and retired in 1948 as teacher at Grey College.

1960 yearbook bades farewell to his wife Miss ECM Westphal who teached the grade 4 at Grey College Primary.

It seems that after retiring in 1948 he came back in later years as per the staff photo in 1959. He does not appear in the 1960 staff photo.

 

 

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Grey Handshake first used 1922

1922-01-01

Grey Handshake first used 1922

GREY HANDSHAKE:

According to the late Japie Steyl, school captain in 1927, the Grey handshake originated in 1922 and became general practice in 1924.

In 1565 the king of France, Charles IX ordained that each master knife maker affix an emblem on the blade of his knives in order to guarantee the originality and quality of his workmanship. Master knife maker Joseph Opinel chose as his emblem the Crown Hand: the right hand, called the benevolent hand, with three fingers raised and two fingers tucked in and a crown under the hand. This is depicted on the coat of arms of the village of St. Jean-de-Maurienne.

Since the 6th century, the village cathedral had a shrine containing three fingers of the hand of Saint John the Baptist. These fingers were brought back from Alexandria in Egypt by Thécle, a young girl of the village. The crown is an indication that the person was someone of royalty.

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Tom Mix makes first appearance

1924-01-01

Tom Mix makes first appearance

On a historic team photo of Grey 1st XV Rugby team Tom Mix the mascot of the rugby team makes its first appearance, along with legends like Sarel Marais, Jim Wansbury & International famous writer Sir Laurens van der Post.

1924 Johan “Glib” van Aarde started his teachings & coach of 1st XV rugby team at Grey. He used to ride to school on his motorbike coupled with his broad rimmed hat & how he handled the start pistol at athletics meetings he later earned the nickname of Hollywood cowboy, Tom Mix.

Oom Sarel Marais the captained the 1927 first team had the following to say about Glib van Aarde “Tom Mix! Ai, Tom Mix, kon jy werklik sterwe? Jy was dan so onvernietigbaar, so genadeloos. Jy het alles gevra, alles gegee. Jy het ons geslaan, gevloek, partymaal selfs geskop. Eniedere maal het ons rondgekyk of die ander sien watter eer ons te beur val. Tom Mix, ons het jou aanbid.”

Hence from 1927 the teddy bear mascot was named Tom Mix.

Age has resulted in more youthful bears replacing the original, but Tom Mix is forever next to rugby fields of the world, supporting the Grey 1st XV & touched by generations of rugby stars as they run onto the field.

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Rugby World Cup 1995 Winners (2 Old Greys)

1995-06-24

Rugby World Cup 1995 Winners (2 Old Greys)

Naka Drotske & Ruben Kruger both played in final of Rugby World Cup 1995 against All Blacks to win it at Ellis Park, they celebrated this special day with president Nelson Mandela & coach Kitch Christie.

 

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Nelson Mandela visit Grey College

1997-01-01

Nelson Mandela visit Grey College

This was 1997. We stood a guard of honour. Michael Linström far right. Robin Viljoen middle. And Andre Frauenstein bottom. 1998 Grade 7’s. Class of 2003. All the primary school boys in the picture were grade 6 (standard 4) boys, who were selected as monitors for the next year. The grade 7 (standard 5) monitors were standing on the opposite side of the road (Riël de Kock, the primary school captain of 1997, on the opposite side of the road). Madiba here asked Robin Viljoen (small blond in picture) if he wanted to be the president one day, and he was answered “No, sir.”

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Ryk Neethling Olympic Gold medal Athens 2004

2004-08-15

Ryk Neethling Olympic Gold medal Athens 2004

Rugby World Cup Final 2007 Winners (5 Grey Boys)

2007-10-20

Rugby World Cup Final 2007 Winners (5 Grey Boys)

The 2007 Rugby World Cup Final had 5 Grey College Old Boys playing, played on Saturday, 20 October 2007 at the Stade de France, Paris, South Africa beat England 15-6. Having also won the 1995 tournament, South Africa became the second country to win two World Cups at the time.

Ruan Pienaar

Francois Steyn

Bismarck du Plessis

Jannie du Plessis

CJ van der Linde

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The Tuck Shop Think Tank

2012-02-04

The Tuck Shop Think Tank

“The Tuck Shop Think Tank” – Old Greys Only!

The facebook group TTSTT originated 4 February 2012 by a group of Old Boys namely Eddie Scholtz, Bertus Preller, etc who believed the Old Boys needed a platform discuss Grey matters thats not moderated & each Old Boy has freedom to view his opinions, the group is however closed & non Grey Old Boys Members wont be allowed to join group…  https://www.facebook.com/groups/tuckshoptank/

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Where the term “Grey’t” originated?

2013-08-01

Ruan Van Der Merwe

“Die bewoording: Grey’t!. Oor 20 jaar van nou af gaan dit dalk al uitgesterf het. Maar vandag wil ek darem hier claim op ons Grey site dat ek die eerste ou was wat dit ingesien het en begin gebruik het. Ons is ‘n rugby groep wat old boys insluit van Bishops, Paul Roos, Boishaai en Grey. Eion Klaas Du Toit, was ook n lid van ons groep. Ek het begin praat in ons korrespondensie tussen mekaar van die Grey’t manier. Klaas het opgetel daarop en dit begin gebruik met korrespondensie na die skool. Dit het daarna verder gegaan en deel geraak van die Grey lewe.”

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Wayde van Niekerk win Olympic Gold & World Record 400m in 43.03 seconds

2016-08-15

Wayde van Niekerk win Olympic Gold & World Record 400m in 43.03 seconds

Grey u15D World Record Victory 221-0

2017-08-12

Grey u15D World Record Victory 221-0

2017 Grey College u15D team beat Glenwood High School from Durban with a world record 221-0 (31 tries).

Grey College rugby teams scored a total of 1998 points versus a total of 129 by Glenwood High School from Durban.

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Launch of www.VivaLaGrey.co.za website

2018-05-29

Launch of www.VivaLaGrey.co.za website

This website originated from my idea to archive all my Grey historic data online for everyone to access, also to leave it behind for future generations to appreciate, somehow I felt this would be some kind of contribution I can leave behind for my Alma Mater… The platform is also open for all Old Boys to help contribute in order to build our own Wiki Grey Website

Songs book its actually Vive La Grey and not Viva La Grey like i was always posting, its comes from the french phrase “Long Live Grey”the Viva is a Spanish and Italian phrase that means the same, but I think the old boys of past used the French term… “Vive la France!” is an expression used in French to show patriotism & it was used to express themselves in the lines of “Long live France!” or “Hurray for France!” which is exactly what we at Grey use it for both expressions “Hurray for Grey” & or “Long live Grey”

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