St. Mary's College Kisubi

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St. Mary's College Kisubi
Kisubi, Wakiso District
Type Public Middle School and High School (8-13)
Motto "Duc In Altum
(Launch In The Deep)
Established 1906
Number of students 1,000+ (2014)
Athletics soccer, rugby, track, tennis, volleyball, basketball and golf

St. Mary's College Kisubi (SMACK) is a boys-only boarding middle and high school located in Wakiso District in the Central Region of Uganda.


The school is situated on a campus at Kisubi, approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi), by road, south of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city, along the road between Kampala and Entebbe.[1] This location lies approximately 14 kilometres (8.7 mi), by road, north of Entebbe International Airport, the main civilian and military airport in Uganda.[2] The coordinates of St. Mary's College Kisubi are:0°07'17.0"N, 32°32'00.0"E (Latitude:0.121389; Longitude:32.533333).[3]


The school was established in 1906 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. At the beginning of 1899, the Catholic Chiefs in the Buganda Kingdom, under the leadership of Chief Stanislas Mugwanya raised the question of higher education for Catholic youths in the Kingdom. Their request was laid for consideration by the August Assembly of the White Fathers' General Chapter at Algiers in 1900. Out of those efforts, SMACK was founded.[4]


St. Mary's College Kisubi is among the most prestigious schools in Uganda, owing to its excellent academic performance.The school offers education that encourages independent thinking and development.[5]


Subjects offered at "O" Level include
  • Accounting
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Christian Religious Education
  • Commerce
  • Computer Studies
  • English
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • German
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Education
  • Technical Drawing
Subject offered at "A" Level include
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Agriculture
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Divinity
  • French
  • German
  • Fine Art
  • Technical Drawing
  • Literature
  • Food and Nutrition Science
  • General Paper
  • ICT

Houses of residence[edit]

SMACK has four residential houses, namely:

  • Mugwanya House
  • Kiwanuka House
  • Kakooza House
  • Lourdel House

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of St. Mary's College Kisubi (Old Smackists) include 2 vice presidents, 2 prime ministers of Buganda Kingdom, cabinet ministers, judges, lawyers, and distinguished academics.


  • Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi - Vice President of Uganda; 2011 - present
  • Professor Gilbert Bukenya Balibaseka - Vice President of Uganda; 2003 - 2011
  • Henry Kajura, 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service 2006-present
  • Eng. Hilary Onek MP, Minister of Internal Affairs 2011-present, MP for Lamwo County 2001-present
  • Baguma Isoke Matia, Chairman, Uganda Land Commission 2013 - present, MP for Buyanja County Kibaale District 1989 - 2006, Minister of State for Lands
  • Omara Atubo MP, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development 2006-2011, MP for Otuke County 1987-2011
  • Omwony Ojok, State Minister for Economic Monitoring 2001-2007
  • Matia Kasaija, MP, Minister of State for Finance Planning and Economic Development 2011- present
  • Paul Ssemogerere, MP for North Mengo 1962-1966, President of the Democratic Party 1972-1986, 2001-2005, Presidential Aspirant 1986, 1996
  • Gerald Karuhanga MP, Youth MP for Western Uganda 2011 - present
  • John Kalekezi, Opposed Colonial rule

Buganda Kingdom[edit]


  • Justice Joseph N. Mulenga, Judge of the Supreme Court 1997 - 2009
  • Frederick Ssempebwa, Legal scholar


  • Bro. Anthony Kyemwa (BCI), first African Headmaster of SMACK
  • Bro. Cosmas Kafeero (BCI), PhD, former Headmaster of SMACK
  • Bro. Joseph Tinkasimire (BCI), Headmaster of SMACK


  • John C. Kiwanuka, Uganda's first graduate teacher, and Minister of Education 1961-1962
  • Prof. John Dumba-Sentamu, Vice Chancellor MUK
  • Prof. Charles Olweny, Vice Chancellor UMU Nkozi
  • Prof. Paul D'Arbela, professor of medicine and Dean of Postgraduate studies at UMU Nkozi
  • Prof. Sebastian Kyalwazi FRCS, professor of medicine
  • Dr. Michael B. Nsimbi PhD, Luganda language scholar and hostoriographer


Civil Service[edit]

  • Brig. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Commander of the Special Forces Group
  • General Kale Kayihura, Inspector General of Police from 2005 to present [6]
  • Basil Paul Kiwanuka, Secretary of the East African Examination Council 1968-1981, Secretary of Uganda National Examinations Board 1981-1982
  • William T. (Tarcisio) Ocora (SMACK class of 1961Bold text), first Managing Director of the Ministry of Tourism. Was the first Ugandan to market the Ugandan tourism industry globally, periodically travelling to several international destinations from Asia to America to do so during his tenure.



  • William Blick, Chairman UOC 2012-present, Chairman URU
  • Cedric Babu, Chairman Uganda Lawn Tennis Association, and CEO Kineti Sports
  • Dennis Mbidde, Chairman Falcons Basketball Club
  • Felix Lubega, Uganda Rugby Cranes and Pirates Rugby Club


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Kisubi With Interactive Map". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Interactive Map Showing Entebbe And Kisubi With Route Marker". Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Google, . "Location of St. Mary's College Kisubi At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Kituuka Kiwanuka, William (15 April 2013). "Kituuka's Works On A History of St. Mary's College Kisubi (1906 - 2006)". HeCarethForYou.BlogSpot.Com. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ SAI, . (2013). "Top 10 Secondary Schools In Uganda: 2012". ServeAfrica.Info (SAI). Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Odongo, Constantine (14 September 2010). "St. Mary's Kisubi Honours Kale Kayihura". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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Coordinates: 0°07′17″N 32°32′00″E / 0.121389°N 32.533333°E / 0.121389; 32.533333