King's College Budo

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King's College Budo
Buddo, Wakiso District
Coordinates 0°15′24″N 32°29′12″E / 0.25667°N 32.48667°E / 0.25667; 32.48667Coordinates: 0°15′24″N 32°29′12″E / 0.25667°N 32.48667°E / 0.25667; 32.48667
Type Secondary School
Motto Gakyali Mabaga
(So little done, So much more to do)
Religious affiliation(s) Anglican
Established 1906
Founder Henry Walter Weatherhead
Headmaster Patrick Baka Male
Number of students c. 1,300
Houses 6 for boys, 3 for girls
Colour(s) Red and White
Athletics rugby, cricket, soccer, track, tennis, volleyball, hockey, basketball and golf
Publication The Budonian

King’s College Budo is a mixed, residential, secondary school in Central Uganda.


King's College Budo predates Makerere University as one of the first centres of higher learning in Uganda. Only Mengo Senior School, Namilyango College and Gayaza High School are older. Since independence in 1962, three out of eight Ugandan Presidents and many members of the royal families of Buganda (including Ronald Mutebi II), Toro and Busoga, have been Budonians.


The school is located on Budo Hill, in southern Wakiso District, off the Kampala-Masaka Road. This location lies approximately 14 kilometres (8.7 mi), by road, southwest of the central business district of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.[1] The coordinates of the school campus are: Latitude:0.2560N; Longitude:32.4870E.


The school was officially opened on 29 March 1906 with 21 boys. It is one of the oldest schools in Africa.[2] It was initially set up as a school to educate the sons of chiefs, but gradually it started admitting Ugandans from all walks of life and from all over the country, without regard to ethnicity, religion or background. In 1933, the first 6 girls were admitted thereby making it the first co-education great school in the country. The school was started by Henry Walter Weatherhead, an ordained priest of the Church of England, and a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge.

The school was established largely due to the initiative and enthusiasm of Bishop Tucker, the first Anglican Bishop of Uganda.The first Ugandan in the school was Tumushabe Carlos. Bishop Tucker financed the whole project with an estimated ₤20000.00 from his diocese. Weatherhead scouted a number of places for the school, but eventually picked Budo, for its elegant hill and view of the lake. However, he soon found himself set against the whole of Buganda since Buddo was a royal hill where Buganda Kings were crowned. He credited Sir Apollo Kaggwa, regent for the young Kabaka of Buganda at that time, and at the same time Katikiro of Buganda for enabling him to succeed despite great opposition.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of Budo are known as Old Budonians. Old Budonians have distinguished themselves in service to Uganda and Buganda Kingdom. The list of notable alumni includes 3 Presidents, 1 Vice President, 2 Prime Ministers, Speaker of Parliament, 3 Kings of Buganda Kingdom, various royals, academics, clergymen and sports personalities.




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See also[edit]


  • McGregor, G. P. "King's College Budo: the First Sixty Years." Nairobi: Oxford University Press, 1967
  • Summers, Carol: "Subterranean Evil" and "Tumultuous Riot" in Buganda: Authority and Alienation at King's College, Budo 1942." Journal of African History vol 47 number 1 2006 pages 93-113. Also reproduced at:
  • Kipkorir, B.E. "Replica of an English School: Kings College, Budo," East Africa Journal, Nairobi, November 1967 pages 34–35

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