Mengo Senior School

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Mengo Senior School
Kampala, Central Uganda, Uganda
Type Public Middle School and High School (8-13)
Motto Akwana Akira Ayomba
(Make friends and never foes)
Established 1895
Principal Mr. John Fred Kazibwe
Number of students c. 3700
Athletics Soccer, Netball, Rugby, Volleyball and Basketball
Publication THE MENGO STAR

Mengo Senior School is a comprehensive, mixed day school in Kampala, Uganda. It has a student population of 3716, 144 teachers, 28 technical staff and more than 30 support staff.


It was founded in 1895 by the Church Missionary Society, the school is the oldest school in Uganda. According to the school magazine called Akwana, the Mengo School complex started as an informal home school where a missionary, Miss Chadwick, taught reading and writing. Her students were mainly youth who came to her house for prayers every afternoon.

Most of the boys Chadwick taught were houseboys of the missionaries. After a while, Chadwick began sending them to chiefs asking that the latter send their children to her for lessons. By this time, the potential of her efforts began to be noticed. As the number of Chadwick’s learners grew, it was realised that her house was no longer sufficient to serve as a school.

The missionaries, eager to use formal education to fuel their religious work established a standard formal school on Chadwick’s foundation. So in 1895, an elementary mixed school known as Kayanja was founded at Mengo, making it one of the first standard formal schools in Uganda. The school’s location and appearance are thus described by A. K. Sempa in his 1941 article African Schools. The first building was situated between the present Namirembe (now Mengo) Primary School and the Cathedral (Namirembe). Its walls were made of reeds and the roof of grass.

The magazine points out that most of the first students who enrolled in the first Mengo School (Kayanja) became school masters posted by Church Councils to rural areas. Many became clerks and chiefs. The number of learners attending the school grew. It soon became necessary to house the learners in a boarding school. The then Katikkiro(Prime Minister of Buganda), Sir Apollo Kaggwa, gave them his house on Namirembe Hill which they used for nine years.

But the numbers kept growing, with students coming from as far as Busoga, Bunyoro, Toro and Ankole. This made it necessary to have a bigger school. In June, 1904, the Church Missionary Society held a conference where it was resolved to build two new schools. One on Namirembe Hill and another at Buddo.

The schools were to produce men fit to serve God. By the end of the year a boarding school had been set up. The school was named Mengo High School, with a total of 250 students. The subjects being taught included arithmetic, geography and elementary science.

The following year the school at Buddo also started, with Mengo as its parent school.[1] [2]

Former Headteachers[edit]

1. Mr. Chadwick, (1895–1901)

2. Mr. Charles William Hattersley (1901–1912)

3. Rev. F.B. Luboyera, the first African Headteacher of the school. (1913–1929)

4. Rev. Y.B. Sempa, (1929–1965)

5. Rev. B.A. Armitage, (1966–1972)

6. Mr. Vergise George, (1972–1985)

7. Mr. Samuel Busuulwa, (1986–1989)

8. Mr Stephen Bunjo Musisi, (1989–1993)

9. Mrs. Joy Male, (1994–1998)

10. Mr. Joseph Wakatama Ganatusanga, (1998–2001)

11. Ms. Sarah K. Birungi, (2001–2004)

12. Mr. Patrick Bakka Male,(2004–2007)

13. Mr. George William Ssemivule, (2007–2011)

14. Mr. John Fred Kazibwe, (2011–present)


It offers the most comprehensive curriculum combining technical, vocational, business and academic subjects. It is also one of the best science schools in the country. The courses offered include the following;


  • Physics (P)
  • Chemistry (C)
  • Biology (B)
  • Maths (M)
  • Food and Nutrition (Fn)

Humanities and arts[edit]

  • Geography (G)
  • History (H)
  • Economics (E)
  • Entrepreneurship (Ent)
  • Political Science
  • Divinity/Christian Religious Education (D)
  • General Paper

Vocational subjects[edit]

  • Fine Art (A)
  • Music (Mus)
  • Commerce
  • Accounts
  • Typing
  • Office Practice
  • Clothing and Textile (C.T)
  • Computer Studies (CS.t)

General Technical Education (GTE)[edit]

  • Power and Energy (P&E)
  • Electricity and Electronics (EE)
  • Woodwork (WW)
  • Metalwork (MW)
  • Technical Education (T.D)


  • Germany
  • English
  • Luganda

Literature in English[edit]


Academically, Mengo Senior School is ranked among the best secondary schools in Uganda and currently the best performing day school at A-Level.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • The late industrialist and businessman Professor James Mulwana[4] [5]
  • Professor Ssenteza Kajubi
  • Professor Fredrick Sempebwa
  • The Managing Director of CBS-FM Uganda Mr.Kaaya Kavuma
  • Business man Charles Hamya[6]
  • Ugandan songstress Angela Kalule
  • Hon. Justice Steven Kavuma
  • Eng. Joel katerega

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 0°19′13″N 32°33′42″E / 0.320394°N 32.56164°E / 0.320394; 32.56164