Namilyango College

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Namilyango College
Namilyango, Mukono District
Coordinates 0°20′19″N 32°43′02″E / 0.33861°N 32.71722°E / 0.33861; 32.71722Coordinates: 0°20′19″N 32°43′02″E / 0.33861°N 32.71722°E / 0.33861; 32.71722
Type Public middle school and high school (8–13)
Motto "Nisi Dominus" (If not the Lord, [it is] in vain)
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic Church
Established (1902-03-23) 23 March 1902 (age 115)[1]
Founder Bishop Henry Hanlon [2]
Headteacher Constantine Mpuuga
Number of students 1,010 (2014)
Houses 13
Colour(s) Green and Yellow
Athletics Rugby, football, track, tennis, volleyball, basketball
Nickname "NGO"
"The College"
Rivals St. Mary's College Kisubi
Publication The Anchor
Alumni Ngonians

Namilyango College is a boys-only boarding middle and high school located in Mukono District in the Central Region of Uganda, whose history and excellence in sports and academics have made it one of the most prestigious schools in Uganda.[3]


The school campus is situated on Namilyango Hill, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), by road, southwest of Mukono, the district headquarters,[4] and about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi), by road, south of the township of Seeta, the nearest trading center. The college lies approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi), by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[5] The coordinates of Namilyango College are:0°20'19.0"N, 32°43'02.0"E (Latitude:0.338611; Longitude:32.717222).[6]


The school was founded in March 1902 by the Mill Hill Fathers, "with the aim of preparing catechists".[7]


Namilyango College is one of the most prestigious schools in Uganda, owing to its history, influence, excellent academic performance and dominance in sports. It is the oldest secondary school in Uganda, and for long was the best school in boxing until the sport was stopped in the school in the early 1990s. Rugby is the biggest sport in the College. Namilyango has won the national schools' rugby title more than any other school, and has sent numerous players to the national team. Namilyango College was a pioneer in Information Technology in Ugandan schools, building one of the first computer labs.[8]


Over the years a tradition of Namilyango College has been the rivalries with fellow prestigious schools, in Academics, Sports and socialising. The rivals have included, in decreasing order of rivalry: St. Mary's College Kisubi, King's College Budo and Busoga College Mwiri. In recent times the bad blood has been with Budo and SMACK (Kisubi) for the Rugby honours, as Namilyango has won five schools' championships in the last eight years - including the 2012 Championship, compared to one, each, for their rivals. On the other hand, the school has maintained cordial relations with schools like: Gayaza High School, Mount Saint Mary's College Namagunga and Trinity College Nabbingo.[9]

Houses of residence[edit]

The college has eleven residential houses and a hostel. The "O" Level students reside in the residential houses while the "A" Level students reside in Minderop Hostel, named after Father James Minderop, the first headmaster of the college. The eleven residential houses are:[10]

  1. Biermans House - Named after Bishop John Biermans (MHM), Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Nile 1912 - 1924
  2. Billington House - Named after Bishop Vincent Billington (MHM) (1904 - 1976), Bishop of Kampala 1953 - 1965
  3. Campling House - Named after Bishop John William Campling (MHM), Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Nile 1925 - 1937
  4. Doyle House - Named after Rev. Fr. Captain Bernard Doyle (MHM), the longest serving Headmaster (19 years) of the College
  5. Hanlon House - "House of Lords", named after Bishop Henry Hanlon (MHM) 1862 - 1937, Vicar Apostolic of Upper Nile 1894 - 1911
  6. Kiwanuka House - Named after Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka, the first native African to be appointed Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in East Africa
  7. Kuipers House - Named after Father Bernard Kuipers (MHM), served the College for 30 years as teacher, Headmaster, and Chaplain
  8. McKee House - Named after Father Kevin McKee (MHM), a teacher at the College
  9. Mukasa House - Named after Mr. Noah Mukasa, a former Biology teacher at the College
  10. Reensich House - Named after Bishop John Reesinck (MHM), Vicariate Apostolic of Upper Nile 1938 - 1950
  11. Heweston House - Named after one of the former headmasters of the school.[1]

Prominent alumni[edit]

Former students of Namilyango College are called "Old Ngonians", and include a prime minister, the current Chief Justice, cabinet ministers, clergymen, members of the royal family of Buganda, judges, lawyers, academics, and sportsmen. Some of the prominent alumni of the school include:



  • George Cosmas Adyebo, Prime Minister 1991–1994 [12]
  • Gerald Ssendaula, minister of finance 1998–2005 and MP for Bukoto 1980–2005
  • Fred Mukisa (McKee), minister for fisheries 2006–2011 and MP for Bukooli Central 2006–2011
  • Vincent Nyanzi, minister of state for vice president's Office and MP for Busujju County
  • Norbert Mao (Campling), Democratic Party 2011 presidential candidate and President of DP 2010 - date
  • Jeremiah Twatwa, MP for Iki-Iki County
  • Martin Drito (Reensich), MP for Madi-Okollo County, Arua District, 2011 to present. One of Uganda's wealthiest individuals.


Civil service[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vision Reporter, . (19 March 2015). "Namilyango College To Mark 113th Anniversay". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
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  3. ^ Tegulle, Gawaya (23 March 2012). "Namilyango College: 110 Years of Excellence". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Map Showing Mukono And Namilyango With Distance Marker". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Travel Distance Between Kampala And Namilyango With Map". Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Google (5 July 2015). "Location of Namilyango College At Google Maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Saul Abok, and Joseph Kato (12 March 2016). "Namilyango College is 114". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  8. ^ John Semakula, Henry Nsubuga (17 July 2013). "Muguluma: Namilyango's Pillar". New Vision. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Trinitus Anchor: Namilyango College Hosts Trinity College Nabbingo For A Social Afternoon". Namilyango College. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Gale, H.P. "Uganda and the Mill Hill Fathers" London: Macmillan, 1959
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  14. ^ Chronological Order of Makerere University Principals And Vice Chancellors 1970 - 2012
  15. ^ Mugagga, Robert (1 September 2012). "Professor Nambooze: Academic success that changed the region's history". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gale, Hubert P, Uganda And The Mill Hill Fathers (London, Macmillan, 1959, OCLC 1608574)
  • O'Neil, Robert J, Mission To The Upper Nile: Story of St.Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill in Uganda (London, Mission Book Services, 1999, ISBN 0952023814)

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