Namilyango College

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Namilyango College
Namilyango, Mukono District
Coordinates 0°20′19″N 32°43′02″E / 0.33861°N 32.71722°E / 0.33861; 32.71722Coordinates: 0°20′19″N 32°43′02″E / 0.33861°N 32.71722°E / 0.33861; 32.71722
Type Public Middle School and High School (8–13)
Motto "Nisi Dominus"
Established 23 March 1902[1]
Headteacher Gerald Muguluma
Number of students 1,010 (2014)
Athletics Rugby, soccer, track, tennis, volleyball, basketball
Nickname "NGO"
"The College"

Namilyango College is a boys-only boarding middle and high school located in Mukono District in Central Uganda, whose history and excellence in sports and academics have made it one of the most prestigious schools in Uganda.[2]


The school campus is situated on Namilyango Hill, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), by road, southwest of Mukono, the district headquarters,[3] and about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi), by road, south of the township of Seeta, the nearest trading center. The college lies approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi), by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[4] The coordinates of Namilyango College are:0°20'19.0"N, 32°43'02.0"E (Latitude:0.338611; Longitude:32.717222).


The beginning[edit]

The school was opened on 23 March 1902, with 13 students, by the Mill Hill Missionaries, and was the first post-primary boarding school in Uganda. Namilyango College was started with a two-fold purpose: to train Catechists for evangelism and to educate the sons of chiefs. The aims and objectives of the school were summarized in the motto "Education for Responsibility", which was adopted to guide students and teachers alike. Later, the motto "Nisi Dominus" was adopted in line with the Catholic foundation of the school.

Under Bishop Hanlon, the school's founder, the school emphasized a system of free discipline. During class hours, the boys would be without supervision. Hanlon felt that the rigid supervision of the students' spare time activities would be detrimental to their character development. The school thus developed a liberal tradition at the time of its inception, and 112 years later, the tradition has been maintained.[5]

In September 1906, the catechists who constituted a certain percentage of the students in Namilyango, were transferred to another institution that had been created for that purpose. After this move, the school's name was changed to "Sacred Heart Namilyango High School", although the school was generally known as "Namilyango High School".

In 1907, Father Philip Jackson, the headmaster, was appointed the pastor of Namilyango Parish. This new arrangement meant that the school and the parish were inextricably linked. In September, 1912 the parish was once again separated from the school, each with its own head.

The middle years[edit]

In August 1929, the Brothers of Christian Instruction order (The Kisubi Brothers) took over the school and named it St. Aloysius College. However, after three years, the Mill Hill Fathers took it over again in 1932, under Father P. Preyde. The school became known as Namilyango College after the government introduced a new system of naming schools whereby secondary boarding schools were to be called colleges. During 1941–1945, new dormitories were built and enrollment rose to 125 students in 1945. In 1943 the school was chosen as one of the self-governing schools of the Uganda Protectorate under the terms of The Thomas Report. In the same year, the Cadet Corps and Boxing Clubs started.

Towards independence, many of the students who had passed through the school occupied important positions in the civil service, society and pre-independence politics. In 1960, two years before National Independence, the school was granted 'A' Level status, thus becoming a fully-fledged 'A' Level boarding school for boys.[6]


Namilyango College is one of the most prestigious schools in Uganda, owing to its history, influence, excellent academic performance and dominance in sports. It is the oldest secondary school in Uganda, and for long was the best school in boxing until the sport was stopped in the school in the early 1990s. Rugby is the biggest sport in the College. Namilyango has won the national schools' rugby title more than any other school, and has sent numerous players to the national team. Namilyango College was a pioneer in Information Technology in Ugandan schools, building one of the first computer labs.[7]


Over the years a tradition of Namilyango College has been the rivalries with fellow prestigious schools, in Academics, Sports and socialising. The rivals have included, in decreasing order of rivalry: St. Mary's College Kisubi, King's College Budo and Busoga College Mwiri. In recent times the bad blood has been with Budo and SMACK (Kisubi) for the Rugby honours, as Namilyango has won five schools' championships in the last eight years - including the 2012 Championship, compared to one, each, for their rivals. On the other hand the school has maintained cordial relations with schools like: Gayaza High School, Mount Saint Mary's College Namagunga and Trinity College Nabbingo.[8]


Subjects offered at "O" Level include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Christian Religious Education
  • Commerce
  • Computer Studies
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Fine Art
  • French Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Education
  • Technical Drawing

At "A" Level, subjects offered are categorised into Arts and Sciences. The Arts subjects offered are:

  • History
  • Economics
  • Divinity
  • French Language
  • Literature in English
  • Geography
  • Fine Art

The Science subjects offered are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical Drawing

Subsidiary Mathematics and General Paper are compulsory subjects and students are required to choose one to offer with their three chosen Arts or Sciences subjects.

Houses of Residence[edit]

The College has ten residential houses and a hostel. The "O" Level students reside in the residential houses while the "A" Level students reside in Minderop Hostel, named after Father James Minderop (MHM), the first Headmaster of the College. The ten residential houses are:

  1. Biermans House - Named after Bishop John Biermans (MHM), Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Nile 1912 - 1924
  2. Billington House - Named after Bishop Vincent Billington (MHM) (1904 - 1976), Bishop of Kampala 1953 - 1965
  3. Campling House - Named after Bishop John William Campling (MHM), Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Nile 1925 - 1937
  4. Doyle House - Named after Rev. Fr. Captain Bernard Doyle (MHM), the longest serving Headmaster (19 years) of the College
  5. Hanlon House - "House of Lords", named after Bishop Henry Hanlon (MHM) 1862 - 1937, Vicar Apostolic of Upper Nile 1894 - 1911
  6. Kiwanuka House - Named after Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka, the first native African to be appointed Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in East Africa
  7. Kuipers House - Named after Father Bernard Kuipers (MHM), served the College for 30 years as teacher, Headmaster, and Chaplain
  8. McKee House - Named after Father Kevin McKee (MHM), a teacher at the College
  9. Mukasa House - Named after Mr. Noah Mukasa, a former Biology teacher at the College
  10. Reensich House - Named after Bishop John Reesinck (MHM), Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Nile 1938 - 1950
  11. Heweston House - Named after one of the former headmasters of the school.[1]

Prominent alumni (Old Ngonians)[edit]

Former students of Namilyango College are called Old Ngonians, and include a Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, clergymen, members of the royal family of Buganda, Judges, lawyers, academics and sportsmen Some of the prominent alumni of the school include:


  • Prince Yozefu Musanje Walugembe, MBE, of Buganda Kingdom, was also a World War II veteran
  • Prince Augustin Tebandeke of Buganda Kingdom
  • Prince David O. Juko of Buganda Kingdom
  • Prince David Wasajja of Buganda Kingdom
  • Prince David Kamurasi Ishagara of Toro Kingdom
  • His Highness the Tieng Adhola, Moses Stephen Owor. Tororo Kingdom


  • George Cosmas Adyebo, Prime Minister 1991–1994
  • Cuthbert Obwangor, Minister of Regional Affairs 1962–1967
  • Matthias Ngobi, Minister of Agriculture and Co-operatives 1962–1966
  • Gerald Ssendaula, Minister of Finance 1998–2005 and MP for Bukoto 1980–2005
  • Kezimbira Miyingo, Minister for the Environment 1996–2006
  • Agard Didi, Minister for Microfinance 1996–2006 and MP Moyo West 1996–2006
  • Prof. Semakula Kiwanuka (Hanlon), Minister 2001–2006, Ambassador to UAE and MP 1996–2011
  • Fred Mukisa (McKee), Minister for Fisheries 2006–2011 and MP for Bukooli Central 2006–2011
  • Vincent Nyanzi Makumbi, Minister of State for Vice President's Office and MP for Busujju County
  • Andrew Lutaakome Kayiira, Minister of Internal Affairs 1979–1980
  • Prof. Isaac Newton Ojok, Minister for Education 1980–1985
  • Norbert Mao (Campling), Democratic Party 2011 Presidential candidate
  • Jeremiah Twatwa, MP for Iki-Iki County
  • Joseph Mutebi Balikuddembe (Mukasa), MP for Busiro South
  • Martin Andi Drito (Reensich), MP for Madi-Okollo County, Arua District, 2011 to present. One of Uganda's wealthiest individuals.

The Church[edit]

  • Fr. Peter Ntege, Diocesan Secretary for Education, Lugazi
  • Fr. Simon Peter Lukyamuzi, parish priest Namilyango Parish
  • Fr.Ivan Mukalazi Kanyike,First Ugandan Priest of Opus Dei
  • Rt. Rev. Dr. Micheal Kyomya, Bishop of Busoga Diocese
  • Pastor Martin Sempa, Makerere Community Chapel and AIDS activist


  • Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda
  • Justice John Bosco Katutsi, Judge of the High Court of Uganda
  • Bernard Katureebe, Lawyer of the High Court of Uganda and Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Edward Ddamulira-Muguluma (Campling), Senior Counsel
  • Pius Kawere, Lawyer
  • Joseph Bossa, Lawyer and Secretary General of UPC
  • Livingstone Sewanyana (McKee), Lawyer and human rights activist
  • John Sempebwa, Lawyer

Civil Service[edit]

  • Angelo Onegi Obel, Governor Bank of Uganda 1973–1978 and Presidential Advisor
  • Geoffrey Onegi Obel, Former Chairman NSSF Board of Directors
  • Leonard Kibirango, Governor Bank of Uganda 1980-1986
  • Martin Orech, Head of Civil Service
  • Chris Kasami, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance



  • Austin Bukenya, Author, playwright and literary scholar
  • Augustine Omare-Okurut, Poet


  • Maj. Gen. Francis Nyangweso, Chairman UOC 1981-2009, Bronze medal at 1962 Perth Commonwealth Games
  • Thomas Kawere, 1958 Commonwealth Silver Medalist, Boxing
  • Lawrence Mulindwa (Mukasa), President FUFA 2004 - 2013
  • Vianney Luggya, President of the Uganda Chess Federation
  • CM Patrick Kawuma, Chess Olympian
  • FM Steven Kawuma, Chess Olympian
  • Isaac Munanira, Chess
  • Mike Mutebi (Billington), SC Villa Coach 2011-2012 and former Uganda Cranes Head Coach 2004-2006
  • Peter Mazinga, Uganda Cranes 1978 and KCC FC
  • Paul Sigombe, Vice President of the Confederation of African Rugby
  • Kaggwa William A, 1990 Best Rugby Player (Doyle House)
  • Edmond Tumusiime, 2007 African Rugby Champion
  • Timothy Mudoola (Kiwanuka), 2007 African Rugby Champion
  • Robert Seguya (Doyle), 2007 African Rugby Champion, and Uganda's most capped international
  • Anthony Kinene, 2007 African Rugby Champion
  • Simon Wakabi (McKee), 2007 African Rugby Champion
  • Ronald Mwisaka (Campling), 2007 African Rugby Champion


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vision Reporter, . (19 March 2015). "Namilyango College To Mark 113th Anniversay". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Tegulle, Gawaya (23 March 2012). "Namilyango College: 110 Years of Excellence". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Map Showing Mukono And Namilyango With Distance Marker". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Travel Distance Between Kampala And Namilyango With Map". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Early History of Namilyango College". Namilyango College. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "About Namilyango College". Namilyango College. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  7. ^ John Semakula, Henry Nsubuga (17 July 2013). "Muguluma: Namilyango’s Pillar". New Vision. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Trinitus Anchor: Namilyango College Hosts Trinity College Nabbingo For A Social Afternoon". Namilyango College. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Chronological Order of Makerere University Principals And Vice Chancellors 1970 - 2012
  10. ^ Matovu, Frank (3 March 2005). "I Will Pay Mbekeka's University Fees". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

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