Courtesy of the WBHS Archives in the Oude Wijnberg Museum – the digital copy of the 1962 School Magazine.
From Mr Harry Arguile’s last Magazine Editorial before his retirement:
When one comes to the end of a long chapter in life, it is fitting that one should cast a backward glance over the road one has travelled in an attempt to assess the progress made. I shall be forgiven therefore, I hope, if, after spending at Wynberg nearly half man’s allotted three score years and ten, I avail myself of this privilege in this my last editorial.
Thirty-four years ago Wynberg Boys’ High School was a single school under the control of one Principal, with a record enrolment at that stage of 447 pupils. We have come a long way since then. Old buildings have been demolished, and new ones have sprung up, with the result that the present School buildings are scarcely recognisable to those who knew them in earlier days. Our grounds have been enlarged and extended; a modern Hostel has replaced the old Boarding House; the long-awaited Swimming Bath has become a reality, and is a constant and worthy reminder of the supreme sacrifice paid by 46 of our Old Boys during the Second World War; and plans are afoot for the erection of a sorely-needed new School Hall. Although still one in spirit, the School now functions under two Principals, and the combined enrolment has reached the staggering figure of nearly 1,100, with a corresponding increase in the number on the Staff. In the realm of Sport we have won our way to a place among the giants – this year for instance we entered 17 Rugby teams and 13 Cricket elevens in the inter-schools competitions; and our Old Boys have carried the Springbok colours with great honour to themselves, their School and their country. Our cultural activities have increased beyond measure; our School Orchestra is the envy of many another school, and the honours gained in recent years by our representatives at the Cape Town Eisteddfod have been second to none. All this is reflected in the growth of the Magazine, which has expanded from a humble 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ publication of 36 pages to its present size. Altogether we are a much bigger School in every way …