St. Mary's College Kisubi
|St. Mary's College Kisubi|
|Type||Public All Boys high school (13-19)|
|Motto||Duc in Altum|
(Launch in the Deep)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Catholic Church|
|Founder||Fr. Raux Modeste|
|Number of students||1,400+ (2018)|
|Colour(s)||Blue and gold|
|Athletics||Football, Rugby, track, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey and Swimming|
|Rivals||Namilyango College, King's College Budo|
St. Mary's College Kisubi (SMACK) is a private, boarding middle and high school located in Wakiso District in the Central Region of Uganda. Established in 1906, the school has a reputation as one of the most prestigious school in the country, owing to its excellent academic performance, highly selective admissions criteria, rich history and influential stream of alumni.
The school is in Kisubi along the Kampala–Entebbe Road, approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi), by road, south of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. This is approximately 14 kilometres (8.7 mi), by road, north of Entebbe International Airport, the main civilian and military airport in Uganda. The coordinates of the college are 0°07'17.0"N, 32°32'00.0"E (Latitude:0.121389; Longitude:32.533333).
St. Mary's School was founded by Reverend Raux Modeste of the White Fathers Congregation in 1906 and was named after its patroness, Saint Mary. Today, the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala owns St. Mary's College Kisubi (SMACK). At the beginning of 1899, the Catholic chiefs in the Buganda Kingdom, under the leadership of Chief Stanislas Mugwanya, raised the question of higher education for Catholic youths in the kingdom. Their request was laid for consideration by the August Assembly of the White Fathers' General Chapter at Algiers in 1900. Out of those efforts, SMACK was founded.
According to a 2018 published report, St. Mary's College Kisubi is the most prestigious school in Uganda, owing to its excellent academic performance and all round nurturing of its students. The school offers education that encourages independent thinking and development.
St. Mary's started out occupying only about 10 buildings. The oldest of them was the two-storeyed dormitory for Senior One and Two students that was later brought down and replaced by the current Chemistry Laboratory. The administration block remains unchanged from back in the day. Standing tall at the centre of the college, it serves as the most centralised block on campus.
The SMACK students from 1906 to the early 1960s wore a pair of shorts and a white shirt as their uniform. Those who could afford a pair of shoes did and others barefoot. With many years of development, the uniform and the badge inclusive have had to succumb to many changes in design. The students today don a white shirt with a plain navy blue tie for ordinary level students and a striped tie for the advanced level students, a pair of grey trousers. Blazers have since become mandatory for all higher school certificate students. However, the core of the badge (the boat, sea and stars) has stood the test of time.
Lord Snowdon, in 1964, commissioned the SMACK memorial library, after the death of 12 students in a motor accident. Some of these students were part of the school football team that had gone to participate in a tournament at which they emerged victors. Cheering on the way back from the match, Milton Obote’s army suspected them to be rebels and the school lorry, which with the school bus was carrying the students, was knocked down by the army truck. In addition to the 12 deaths, an even greater number was injured that day. Today, the twelve trees planted also in memory of these students still stand tall right next to the Senior Six block.
SMACK has been known to produce all round students in terms of academics, co- and extra-curricular activities. Various students have been admitted into international universities on scholarships on medicine, engineering, law and aviation among others. St Mary's again has been a home for building sports giants ranging from national sports champions to East African games as well as international icons in the sports arena. The students’ love for sports and games stems from way back. It's no wonder that the boys look forward, every day, to going to the pitch to do what they love to do best. Rugby, the sport that is seemingly the face of SMACK was welcomed with much excitement in 1992 after the abolition of boxing.
The ever growing college, alongside its infrastructural developments, saw the introduction of a number of sports like basketball, football, swimming and hockey.
St. Mary's youngest building sits atop Kisubi hill as the tallest one yet. The new three-storied building, valued at 2.9 billion, serves as the new HSC block, replacing and outcompeting the older single-storied S5 block which stood erect since the introduction of the Higher School Certificate in SMACK in the recent past.
The Old Boys of this college have always played an important role in the welfare and general growth of St. Mary's. With generous donations and words of counsel, along with the school administration the SMACK Old Boy's Association (SMACKOBA) they have been involved in the running of the school in one way or another right from its foundation in the latter half of the 20th century. Called upon in the 60s, the Old Boys took charge of the c of a circular profile, but because of cost, the current plan was taken up depicting a gallant eagle in flight.
Notable alumni of St. Mary's College Kisubi (Old Smackists) include two vice presidents, two prime ministers of Buganda Kingdom, cabinet ministers, judges, lawyers, and distinguished academics.
- Omara Atubo – former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, 2006–2011; former member of parliament for Otuke County, 1987–2016
- Gilbert Bukenya – former vice president of Uganda, 2003 – 2011
- Henry Kajura – 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service, since 2006
- Hilary Onek – Minister of Internal Affairs, since 2011; represents for Lamwo County in the Uganda Parliament, since 2011
- Edward Ssekandi – Vice President of Uganda since 2011
- Paul Ssemogerere – former member of parliament representing North Mengo, 1962–1966; President of the Democratic Party 1972–1986 and 2001–2005; presidential aspirant in 1986 and 1996
- Gerald Karuhanga – member of parliament representing Ntungamo municipality, 2016–2021
- Michael Mabikke – former member of parliament Makindye East and President Social Democratic Party
- William Byaruhanga – Uganda's attorney General since 2016
- Matia Kasaija – current Minister of finance of Uganda
- Charles Peter Mayiga – Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of the Kingdom of Buganda, May 2013–present
- JB Walusimbi – Former Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of the Kingdom of Buganda
- Paul D'Arbela, professor of medicine and Dean of Postgraduate studies at UMU Nkozi
- James Gita Hakim, professor of medicine, cardiologist and HIV clinical trialist
- Michael B. Nsimbi PhD, Luganda language scholar and historiographer
- Charles Olweny, Vice Chancellor UMU Nkozi
- Francis Omaswa, professor of medicine and surgery
- Dr. Alex Countinho, Executive director, Partners in health Uganda
- Gabriel Kariisa, PhD, Economist, former senior level international executive, AfDB
- John Ddumba Ssentamu, PhD Economist, former vice Chancellor Makerere University and board chairperson Centenary Bank
- Okello Oculi, novelist, poet and chronicler of African village life
- Eneriko Seruma, author and playwright
- Robert Serumaga, playwright
- Benard Kazibwe, famous student noted by his amusing social character with the whole school fraternity
- Muhoozi Kainerugaba, first son and senior presidential advisor on security
- Kale Kayihura, former Inspector General of Police 2005–2018
- Francis Kitaka – founder and Chairman of Quality Industries Limited
- Frederick Kitaka – chief financial officer of Quality Chemical Industries Limited, currently the only company in Sub-Saharan Africa that manufactures triple-combination anti-retroviral drugs
- Charles Mbire – entrepreneur, businessman and industrialist; reportedly the wealthiest indigenous Ugandan; shareholder and Chairman of MTN Communications Company
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