Storey House bears the name of a legendary headmaster in the annals of South African educational history, Frank W Storey, whose leadership of St. Andrew’s began during World War I (1917) and ended a year after the end of World War II (1946). Others founded the school, but he was the inspiration in re-creating the school after the Anglo-Boer War.
He had been a lecturer at the local teacher training college and in becoming the 13th headmaster he was the first who was a trained educator. He inherited a piece of ground (the current school campus) donated by the town council, which was completely barren, unfenced and on the outskirts of the town.
Lessons were held in buildings in the town while boarders were accommodated in hostels next to the Cathedral and at the Tempe military barracks. There was no physical school.
He partnered with three bishops over three decades to create a compelling esprit de corps which promoted an optimism despite the economic and political challenges of a tumultuous time in the country’s history. Faith and dedication were the hallmarks of his leadership as he revived the mission of creating a Christian school for boys, and despite setbacks “that wonderful man, Mr. Storey, struggled on and nothing could dampen his spirit.”
He consolidated the school on the current Westdene campuswhich is a monument to his Christian faith. He founded the Old Andrean Association in 1921, an organization he nurtured until his retirement. The House badge shows a Springbok rising which was a common antelope on the plains of the country and symbolises the distinct South African character of the school FW Storey created.
To all Storey House boys and their families, our hope is that you feel most welcome in your home away from home! For many this is your introduction to boarding school life.
Please know that we are all here to support you, and to make hostel life an enjoyable and life changing experience! You will certainly make friends and memories that will forever be etched into your memory.
Gregg Hobson, Housemaster Storey House