Mengo Senior School

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Mengo Senior School
Kampala, Central Uganda
Type Public Middle School and High School (8-13)
Motto Akwana Akira Ayomba
(Make friends and never foes)
Established 1895
Principal Mr. John Fred Kazibwe
Number of students c. 3700
Athletics Soccer, Netball, Rugby, Volleyball and Basketball
Publication The Mengo Star

Mengo Senior School, also Mengo SS, is a comprehensive, mixed day school in Kampala, Uganda's capital. As of December 2014, it had a population of 3716 students, 144 teachers, 28 technical staff and more than 30 support staff.


Mengo SS is located on Namirembe Hill, along Hoima Road, in Lubaga Division, in the northwestern part of Kampala, the capital and largest city in Uganda. The coordinates of Mengo Senior School are:0°19'14.0"N, 32°33'42.0"E (Latitude:0.320556; Longitude:32.561667).[1]


Having been founded in 1895 by the Church Missionary Society, the school is the oldest school in Uganda. According to the school magazine, Akwana, the school complex started as an informal home school where a missionary, Miss Chadwick, taught reading and writing. Her students were mainly youth who came to her house for prayers every afternoon.

Most of the boys Chadwick taught were houseboys of the missionaries. After a while, she began sending them to Chiefs, asking that the latter send their children to her for lessons. Soon, the potential of her efforts began to be noticed. As the number of Chadwick’s learners grew, it was realised that her house was no longer sufficient to serve as a school. The missionaries, eager to use formal education to fuel their religious work, established a standard formal school on Chadwick’s foundation.

In 1895, an elementary mixed school known as Kayanja was founded at Mengo, making it one of the first standard formal schools in Uganda. The school’s location and appearance are thus described by A. K. Sempa in his 1941 article African Schools. The first school building was a reed-walled structure, with a grass-thatched roof.

The magazine points out that most of the first students who enrolled in the first Mengo School (Kayanja) became school masters posted by Church Councils to rural areas. Many became clerks and chiefs. The number of learners attending the school grew. It soon became necessary to house the learners in a boarding school. The then Prime Minister of Buganda (Katikkiro), Sir Apollo Kaggwa, gave them his house on Namirembe Hill, which they used for nine years.

But the numbers kept growing, with students coming from as far as Busoga, Bunyoro, Toro and Ankole. As a result, a larger school was needed. In June 1904, the Church Missionary Society held a conference where it was resolved to build two new schools. One on Namirembe Hill and another at Buddo.

The schools were to produce men fit to serve God. By the end of 1904, a boarding school had been set up. The school was named Mengo High School, with a total of 250 students. The subjects taught included arithmetic, geography and elementary science.[2]

List of Headteachers[edit]

  1. Mr. Chadwick (1895–1901)
  2. Mr. Charles William Hattersley (1901–1912)
  3. Reverend F.B. Luboyera (1913–1929) - The first African Headteacher
  4. Reverend Y.B. Sempa (1929–1965)
  5. Reverend B.A. Armitage (1966–1972)
  6. Mr. Vergise George (1972–1985)
  7. Mr. Samuel Busuulwa (1986–1989)
  8. Mr. Stephen Bunjo Musisi (1989–1993)
  9. Mrs. Joy Male (1994–1998) - The first female Headeacher
  10. Mr. Joseph Wakatama Ganatusanga (1998–2001)
  11. Ms. Sarah K. Birungi (2001–2004)
  12. Mr. Patrick Bakka Male (2004–2007)
  13. Mr. George William Ssemivule (2007–2011)
  14. Mr. John Fred Kazibwe (2011–present)


It offers the most comprehensive curriculum combining technical, vocational, business and academic subjects. It is also one of the best science schools in the country. The courses offered include the following;


  • Physics (P)
  • Chemistry (C)
  • Biology (B)
  • Maths (M)
  • Food and Nutrition (Fn)

Humanities and arts[edit]

  • Geography (G)
  • History (H)
  • Economics (E)
  • Entrepreneurship (Ent)
  • Political Science
  • Divinity/Christian Religious Education (D)
  • General Paper

Vocational subjects[edit]

  • Fine Art (A)
  • Music (Mus)
  • Commerce
  • Accounts
  • Typing
  • Office Practice
  • Clothing and Textile (C.T)
  • Computer Studies (CS.t)

General Technical Education (GTE)[edit]

  • Power and Energy (P&E)
  • Electricity and Electronics (EE)
  • Woodwork (WW)
  • Metalwork (MW)
  • Technical Education (T.D)


  • Germany
  • English
  • Luganda
  • Literature in English


Academically, Mengo Senior School is ranked among the best secondary schools in Uganda and currently the best performing day school because of its continued academic excellence, especially at A-level.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Google, . "Location of Mengo Senior School At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Batte, Edgar (10 September 2012). "Is Mengo SS, At 117 Years, Uganda’s Oldest School?". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Musinguzi, John (26 July 2010). "Uganda's Oldest School, Mengo SS Still Shines". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Nalubwama, Jackie (13 July 2006). "Timeless Mengo: ‘Akwaana Akira Ayomba’". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Independent Team, . (19 January 2013). "James Mulwana 1936-2013". The Independent (Uganda). Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Bukumunhe, Timothy (9 April 2007). "Who Are The Richest People In Uganda?". New Vision (Kampala) via Cloud-Compuuoting Thomson Dialog NewsEdge. Retrieved 7 Deber 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 00°19′14″N 32°33′42″E / 0.32056°N 32.56167°E / 0.32056; 32.56167