Leading Old Boys

Michaelhouse is proud of its Old Boys who have represented both South Africa and many other countries at a variety of sports. In all, 157 Old Michaelhousians have represented 17 countries in 48 different sporting disciplines.

National Representatives

Our first national representative was in 1909 when Thomas Campbell played for South Africa as wicket keeper in a Test Match against England. More recently Patrick Lambie and Patric Cilliers have represented South Africa on the rugby field, while Stephen Bird canoed for Australia and Clinton Panther represented the Proteas for hockey at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

A full list of National Representatives can be viewed HERE

St Michael Award

The St Michael Award was instituted in the School’s centenary year, 1996, with the following criteria:

  • The candidate must be a living Old Boy of Michaelhouse
  • He must have devoted a considerable period of his life to serving his fellow man and the services so rendered shall be of an exceptional and selfless nature
  • The candidate should not have been motivated by personal gain or fame
  • Some element of personal sacrifice, although not essential, may well provide evidence of the selflessness of the contribution which the candidate has made
  • The last characteristic has to do with St Michael himself. St Michael is one of the seven Archangels and also one of the three mentioned by name in the scriptures, twice in the Old Testament and twice in the New. The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, Who is Like God?.
  • In framing the criteria for the award, the St Michael candidate will ideally display the characteristics exemplified by St Michael: courage, compassion and a willingness to fight for truth and justice.

St Michael Awardees

Rhodes Scholars

The Rhodes Scholarship, named after Cecil John Rhodes, is an international postgraduate award for selected foreign students to study at the University of Oxford. It is widely considered the “world’s most prestigious scholarship”. View the list of Michaelhouse Rhodes Scholars below.

Rhodes Scholars Update

Elsie Ballot Scholars

This scholarship is awarded much like the Rhodes Scholarship, but is for students to study at Cambridge University. View the list of Michaelhouse Elsie Ballot Scholars below.

Elsie Ballot Awardees


Old Boys Events


Old Boys' AGM


Old Boys' Gaudy Dinners


Old Boys' Day

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