O ne of the most outstanding landmarks at College – and indeed in Grahamstown – is the tall, white-trimmed Armstrong House which stands prominently at the top end of Somerset Street. It is as fine a monument as any to the city’s well-known architect, William White-Cooper.
Along with the arrival of Armstrong as the second house at College, came the English house system with its attendant competitions, rivalries and loyalties. Also new on the scene was the prefect system, introduced by the housemaster of Armstrong and second master of the school, The Revd WEC Clarke. Under this fiery but remarkably capable man these traditions were established, and although they are constantly reviewed and renewed, they continue to underpin every Andrean’s experience of comradeship and belonging, and at their best they foster the unique genius for friendship that is the hallmark of this school.
Armstrong is a house of diverse character and great spirit. It features in every competition, both sporting and cultural – a dynamic house that is always in the chase.