Bishops' High School, Guyana

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The Bishops' High School
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Bishops' High School in Guyana, by coordinates
Bishops' High School in Guyana, by coordinates
The Bishops' High School
84 Carmichael Street

Region 4

Coordinates6°48′51″N 58°09′49″W / 6.81428°N 58.16373°W / 6.81428; -58.16373Coordinates: 6°48′51″N 58°09′49″W / 6.81428°N 58.16373°W / 6.81428; -58.16373
School typeGovernment
MottoLabor omnia vincit
(Hard work conquers all)
AuthorityMinistry of Education
School number090007
PrincipalMarlon Gibson
GradesForms 1 - Upper 6th
Age range11 - 18
Average class size35
Medium of languageEnglish
Campus typeUrban
School colour(s)Red, Green & White
SongLook down on us oh father
RivalQueen's College
USNWR ranking2
National ranking2

The Bishops' High School is a high school in Georgetown, Guyana.


It was established in 1870 by the Anglican Church as a girls' school. It later merged with Mrs. Vyfhuis' school, also founded in 1870, and then with the DeSaffon school. Vyfhuis was offered headship of the combined schools in 1875. The school's first home was at Brickdam and Manget Place, and then at "Minto House" on Waterloo Street. It later moved to "Lamaha House" at Carmichael and Lamaha Streets, the property of Bishop E. A. Parry.

In 1907, Bishop E. A. Parry moved the school to "Woodside House" (now known as "Transport House") on Main Street, and it became known as "Woodside House School". In 1921 the school moved to its present location at Carmichael and Murray (now known as Quamina) streets. In 1922 Bishop E.A. Parry retired and the school then became known as "The Bishops' High School". Parry died in 1936 and the "Oswald Parry Hall" was opened at the school.

In January 1936, the school was handed over to the government of British Guiana. The new building was opened on January 5, 1946. The school celebrated its centennial in 1970 and became a co-educational institution in 1975.

The school's mottos are "Labor Omnia Vincit" and "What so ever thy hand findeth to do,do it with thy might, for there is no worth nor device nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave wither though goest".

Houses and their colours[edit]

Each house is named after a former headmistress.

  • Allen House: golden yellow
  • Baskett House: pink
  • Dewar House: blue
  • Vyfhuis House: mauve
  • Wearn House: red


External links[edit]

The above links are to three of the international chapters of the BHS alumni associations. There are other chapters in London, England; Kingston, Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago; Barbados; California; Florida and Washington DC in the USA.