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History of Allen Glen High School

Origin of the school and the history of the name:


Allen Glen High School is situated within the suburbs of Allen’s Nek and Weltevreden Park and was the first high school established north of Ontdekkers Road in Roodepoort.  The school came into existence in 1993 to cope with the vast number of learners in the neighbouring feeder schools as well as the projected population growth in areas north and west of the N1.

The area was named after Phil Allen (1876- 1961) an Englishman, who was associated with the Struben brothers during their formative years as gold prospectors in the area and who is credited with the discovery of payable gold on the Witwatersrand and the discovery the Confidence Reef. Phil Allen worked on their mine and eventually bought the farm known as Struben’s Valley. His success as a farmer, a transporter and in gold ventures resulted in a roadway, which is known today as “Allens Nek”. 

The school’s official name, Allen Glen, is associated to the area’s heritage: ‘Allen’ was the family name of the original owners of the land on which the school is built, as well as its geographical location close to the Allens Nek roadway. Glen Dayson, the small holding that was situated next to the school, completes the naming process. Glen is also a Gaelic word for “narrow valley” which forms part of the school’s geographical heritage and means “peaceful development”.  The school’s name was officially chosen after it was democratically agreed upon by the founding parent body.


The school’s plaque was unveiled by the Executive Director of the Transvaal Education Department, Dr Ken Paine, at the official opening on 12 November 1993. Dr Paine expressed his wish that the school should offer a supportive environment to its learners and should keep three important aspects in mind: “truth, youth and love”.  The school, which received donations from local organisations, also received funding from the government as it was categorised as a Model C school at the time of its inception.

As the school expanded the buildings were after founding members of the community such as: Phil Allen, the Struben brothers and Bantjies which are owned by an SGB trust.

Founding principal and school ethos:      


In 1993, Allen Glen admitted Standard 6 and 7 learners. The school was officially opened during the centenary celebration of the Struben Brothers commencement of prospecting for gold in the area. The founding principal, Mr William Pope, stated that: “My primary aim is to create a school in which academic excellence will be complimented by sporting and cultural achievements – a school in which family spirit will be emphasised and an environment in which pupils will be able to function creativity as individuals of worth.”

School colours and symbols:

Mr Pope believed that: “the wealth of heritage [of Allen Glen] will be utilised in the development of the school motto and crest”. This can be seen in the symbolism of the emblem, motto and the school song.

The emblem was designed by Ian Buttle, it features a soaring Black Eagle, which represents a pair of Black Eagles know to nest in the nearby botanical gardens. Symbolically, the eagle is king of the birds and a confident leader and stands for power and determination. The motto “confidence” which appears on the school emblem originates from the discovery of the Confidence Reef: “confidence is a quality we wish to instil in our pupils, encouraging them to peruse all opportunities and live life to the full. We feel this is an important quality for children to have in these changing times, in order to cope with political upheaval and become future leaders.” The circle used in the emblem represents wholeness and unity. The gold stripes stand for integrity, loyalty and purity, the blue background symbolises both infinite achievement and the vast African skies. Blue, the main colour of the school’s uniform, symbolises the freshness of youth.

School Song



Verse One:

Standing together united

Loving our Creator and our world

Committed to giving just our very best

Whatever trials we may face


Verse Two:

Building, preparing for the future

Guided by the wisdom we found here

Proudly remembering Allen Glen High

The one who taught us how to fly…



I want to fly like an eagle

I want to reach the heights above

God be my guide, give me courage

All through my days let me shine


God be my guide, give me courage

All through my days let me shine


Original composer:

C. Steenekamp Class of ‘98

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