Kimberley - A well-known former principal of High School Diamantveld in Kimberley, Jan Auret, passed away early this morning after battling lung cancer. Auret started teaching at Diamantveld in 1964 and was principal from 1980 until 1996. Current headmaster of the school, Johan du Toit, says that the school has lost one of its legends. He remembers Auret as being a good man that was involved with all the aspects of the school. Pieter Moller and Christie Hansen, both former pupils of Diamantveld, also have fond memories of Auret, lovingly known as Jan Tier. Auret was 72 years old. Details of his memorial service are not yet available.