Prince Edward School

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Prince Edward School
Prince Edward School Badge
Coordinates 17°49′14″S 31°02′06″E / 17.8205°S 31.0350°E / -17.8205; 31.0350Coordinates: 17°49′14″S 31°02′06″E / 17.8205°S 31.0350°E / -17.8205; 31.0350
Type Public, boarding and day school
Motto Tot Facienda Parum Factum
(Latin: So much to do, So little done)
Established 13 June 1898 (1898-06-13) [1]
Headmaster Dr. Aggrippa G. Sora [2]
Gender Boys
Age 13 to 19
Number of students 1200+
Education system Zimbabwean
  • Odzi
  • Shashi
  • Tokwe
  • Sebakwe
  • Runde
  • Save
  • Limpopo
  • Zambezi
Colour(s) Maroon, Green and White
Mascot Tiger
Nickname PES
Rival St George's College , Churchill Boys
Newspaper The Hararian
Alumni Old Hararians
Postal address P.O. Box CY418, Causeway
Badges The Three Feathers

Prince Edward School (or Prince Edward, commonly referred to as PE) is a public, boarding and day school for boys aged 13 to 19 in Harare, Zimbabwe. It provides education facilities to 1200+ boys in Forms I to VI. The school is served by a graduate staff of over 100 teachers.

Prince Edward School was ranked 6th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.[3] Prince Edward School was also ranked as one of the Top 10 High Schools in Zimbabwe in 2014.[4]


Prince Edward was established in 1898 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) as Salisbury Grammar. The school was renamed to its current name after a visit by Edward VIII, who was Prince of Wales at the time. It is the second oldest boys school in Harare and in Zimbabwe after its main sporting rival, St Georges' College.

The School's badge is a crown and three feathers, granted to it by Prince Edward (later King Edward VIII of the UK) in the 1920s. The school's colours are maroon and dark green. For its centenary, Prince Edward School adopted a new coat of arms which does not replace the school's badge. The motto of the school "Tot Facienda Parum Factum" ("So much to do, So little done") is attributed as Cecil John Rhodes' last words.

Name controversy[edit]

In 2002, before the March 2002 presidential elections, the Ministry of Education announced plans to change names of all government schools that had colonial connotations.[5] Scores of government schools were set to have their names changed to honour liberation war heroes, past national and African personalities and/or the suburban area in which the school is located. Prince Edward School was set to be renamed Murenga Boys High School after a Njelele high spirit said to have assisted the local heroes who fought the First Chimurenga of 1896-7. The change of names did not occur but in its wake, as a compromise, the Games Houses within the school had their colonial names changed to those of rivers in Zimbabwe.

Jubilee field


Prince Edward old boys are called "Old Hararians". The Old Hararians Association was founded in 1922 and maintains very close ties with the school.

The Old Hararians cricket team is based the Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare, and fields a team in the Vigne Cup, the Harare Metropolitan Cricket League, as well as the National League for club cricket. Old Hararians contain many national team and "A" team, such as Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya and Ryan Butterworth.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our History". 
  2. ^ "From the Headmaster". 
  3. ^ "top20highschools". Africa Almanac. Africa Almanac. 1 October 2003. Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2016. The research leading up to the publication of the 100 Best High Schools in Africa began with the launching of the website in December 2000. 
  4. ^ DarrylYV8 (9 October 2014). "Top 10 High Schools in Zimbabwe". Youth Village Zimbabwe. Youth Village Zimbabwe. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Government School names
  6. ^ list of club cricketers "Brendan Taylor - Zimbabwe Club Cricket Players"
  7. ^ Sunday Times rich list 2002 Rich List in 2002
  8. ^ Shores, Christopher F; Williams, Clive (1966). Aces High: the Fighter Aces of the British and Commonwealth Air Forces in World War II. London: Neville Spearman Publishing. p. 73. OCLC 654945475. ; Charousis, Chariton (December 2010). Έλληνες Άσσοι σε Συμμαχικές Αεροπορίες κατά το Β΄ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο [Greek Aces in Allied Air Forces in World War II] (PDF). Aviation Review (in Greek). Athens: Hellenic Air Force: pp. 114–127. Retrieved 14 September 2013. ; Who's Who of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Ken Donaldson. 1973. p. 1230. OCLC 1769850. 

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