Hilton's top pupil dies at Oxford

2007-11-15 00:00

HILTON College's 2006 top pupil, Oliver “Ollie” Tucker (pictured above), who achieved eight A's in last year's matric exams, died last week after collapsing while playing Hockey at Exeter College in Oxford.

Hilton headmaster Mike Nicholson told The Witness that “Oliver spent a day or two in hospital and did not recover”.

Tucker was at Hilton College from January 2004 until December 2006, when he wrote his Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Senior Certificate examinations, achieving a place in the top 50 in South Africa.

In his Matric year he was awarded the Karl Klingenberg Prize for the Best Allrounder. He was an accomplished drummer, and took part in school plays.

“He was popular with boys of all ages and particularly in his peer group. He will also be missed by the staff as well as the other friends that he made beyond the gates of this school.

“Oliver had a lot of friends at the school and we are waiting for his family to come to South Africa and then we can have a service for him,” he said.

“All at Hilton College's thoughts and prayers are with his parents and family at this difficult time,” Nicholson said.

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