Girls High School, Harare

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Girls High School Harare, commonly referred to as "GHSH", was the first public school for girls founded in 1898 in the then city of Salisbury, Rhodesia, which is now Harare, Zimbabwe.[1] The school can take in up to over 1000 girls across all forms and is thus the largest girl's high school in Zimbabwe. The school also has two boarding houses for girls called Beit House and Forsyth House. The school celebrated its centenary in 1998 with pomp and fair. In the year 1998, all the old uniforms were brought back and pupils were given a chance to purchase the many uniforms that the school had in previous years.

The school is located in Harare's central business district.Map to GHS

Girls High School is the sister school to the boys school Prince Edward High School.

The school motto is "Per Ardua Ad Astra" which means "Through hard work, we will reach the stars".

The school colours are bottle green and gold. The school uniforms for the junior girls is the traditional green pinafore with the white blouse and the school uniforms for the senior girls (A level students) is the traditional "butcher blazer" with stripes and the green skirts.

Academics and extra-curricular activities[edit]

The school offers educational certificates for Ordinary Levels (O'Levels) and Advanced Levels (A'Levels). Subjects offered include:

  • Art
  • Accounting
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • General Science
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Management of business
  • Divinity
  • Shona Language
  • French
  • Economics
  • Food Science
  • Fashion & Fabrics
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Advanced Mathematics

The school also offers various sporting and extra curricular activities which include the following:

  • Drum majorettes
  • Debate Society
  • Drama Club
  • Scripture Union Club
  • Action 21 Environmental Club
  • Choir
  • Marimba Club
  • Rotary Club
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Softball
  • Martial Arts


Notable alumnae[edit]


  1. ^ I.P. Maclaren, ed. (1981), Some Renowned Rhodesian Senior Schools 1892 - 1979, Bulawayo: Books of Zimbabwe, p. 158.
  2. ^ Lessing, Doris (1994). Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949. London: Harper Collins. p. 147. ISBN 000255545X.
  3. ^ Matiza, Collin (May 12, 2018). "Golden Girl Liz Chase dies". The Herald (Zimbabwe). Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Tshuma, Lungile (2014-09-21). "A walk through the life of a young political couple". The Sunday News. Retrieved 2020-04-27.

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