About Alliance High School Details and History
Alliance High School popularly known as “Bush” or AHS, was the first school in Kenya to offer secondary school education to black nationals. Founded on 1st March 1926 by the Alliance of Protestant Churches – The Church of Scotland Mission (later known as the Presbyterian Church of East Africa or PCEA), Church of the Province of Kenya (CPK), African Inland Church (AIC) and the Methodist Church.
Alliance High School is situated in Kikuyu, about 22 kilometers (12 miles) from Nairobi. The school is also a 10-minute walk from their sister school Alliance Girls’ High School.
Alliance High School was the first school to offer education to the African boy during the colonial period after it was founded in 1926 by an Alliance of protestant missionaries. The high standards of education have been maintained over the years, which is why the school continues to be ranked among the top in Kenya as far as secondary education is concerned.
Alliance High School Nairobi admits students from all over the nation. These students come in with different talents and through the training offered at the school, they nurtured to grow and become men that will make useful impacts in the future governments they are meant to serve when they are able to influence decisions
Alliance High School Results
Alliance Boys High School has ever since been ranked within the top ten best schools in each year’s National Examinations. The school was ranked first nationwide from 1960 to 1985. In 1986 it lost its top ranking for the first time after 25 undefeated years, slipping to the third position in the country.
It was again ranked first in the country in 2005 based on the results of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In 2006 it dropped in the ranking to the third position. In 2009 and 2010, the school emerged top in the KCSE results posting sterling performance. In 2011, AHS dropped one place to second. In 2013 the school was on top again with a mean grade of A- beating other top-performing schools like Starehe Boys’ Centre.
Alliance High schools Old Boys Association
The Old Boys Association has a website and a Yahoo group known as Bushfire. The Alliance High School principal is William Macharia Mwangi.
Alliance High School Sports
Alliance Boys High School is a participant in the national sports festival. The following games are played at the school: athletics, badminton, basketball, football (soccer), handball, hockey, lawn tennis, rugby football, swimming and table tennis.
The academic giant has three basketball courts, two football pitches, two hockey pitches, a swimming pool, a handball field, an athletics track and a gymnasium with table tennis. The school also has several exchange programs but the longest-running ones are the Brooks Exchange Program and the Sir John Leeman Exchange Program. There is also another Exchange Program known as the Governor’s Exchange Program.
Alliance High School Culture
Every year, two form 3 students of outstanding character both inside and outside the classroom are chosen to participate in the Brooks Exchange Program. The two students usually serve as hosts to two other students from Brooks School. Unlike the Brooks Exchange Program, the Sir John Leeman Exchange Program takes place once every 2 years.
The Alliance High School community is rich in culture. The form ones take the unpopular tie test before they can be an issue with the school’s blue tie. This test serves to educate the freshmen on the school’s history and current affairs at the school. Upon arrival, every form 1 student is assigned a ‘guardian’ who is a form 2 student who will help the new student find his way around the school in the first few weeks.
The art of ‘lifting’ is a common practice especially among form two and three students. Lifting is the process of one showing their leadership qualities through various ways so as to be considered for various leadership positions, especially as prefects.
Over the years, the school has opened and closed its term calendar on Thursdays. The first Saturday is often marked with a cross-country race. Closing days are characterized by a school dinner on the closing eve, where students are treated to a sumptuous meal and an award ceremony held. The school is then closed early next morning through a final assembly where the students sing the dismissal hymn, “Lord dismiss us with thy blessing.”
Thursday is a special day at the Alliance High School. On Thursdays, students conduct hymn practice in the chapel, students speak Swahili, fish is served during dinner, among other activities.
Entertainment at Alliance Boys High School
The most popular form of entertainment in the school is the Saturday movies. Every Saturday the entertainment committee, consisting of Form 2’s and 3’s and the entertainment department, consisting of about 5 prefects, organizes and prepares the Saturday Movies plus the Saturday Evening Paper (SEP). School movies held in the school hall are usually free of charge. However, the most popular movies are the joint movies that are usually held termly with the Alliance Girls’ School. These used to be held at night but have since been changed to afternoons.
Life at Alliance High School
Alliance High School life is fun and exciting. Various platforms like drama and music competitions provide students with a chance to showcase their talents. The Drama Club organizes the hugest Comic Show of the entire year called “Span One” where students simulate the Monday morning School Assembly and try to imitate their teachers. The School Choir also organizes the Music Night which features presentations not only from the choir but also dances from all the communities in the country.
Alliance High School Uniforms
Boys at the school wear white shirts, khaki shorts, grey stockings with two red stripes on either side of a blue stripe; black or brown shoes; jungle green pullovers and a blue tie. Grey trousers are worn on Sundays, Wednesdays and school events such as on Founders Day Celebrations. Prefects wear ties with red stripes rather than the conventional blue ones.
Alliance High School Fees
Alliance high school Kenya fees structure stands at 120 000 Kenya shillings which are way above what the government recommends 18672 Kenya Shillings per year and the state then supplements this budget with an annual boost of 10,265 Kenya shillings per students.
Alliance High School Contacts
School Code No: 11200001
Type of School: Boys Boarding
County: Kiambu County
Physical Address: Kikuyu Road, Opposite P.C.E.A Kikuyu Hospital
Postal Address: P.O. BOX 7-00902, Kikuyu
School Description: National School
Phone Number: +254 733 141 290, +254 20 2015026
Alliance High School Website
Alliance Secondary School Highlights
Drama Club: Yes
Debate Club: Yes
Sports Team: Yes
Boys Scouts: Yes
Students Association: Yes
Alliance High School Facilities
School Library: Yes
Swimming Pool: Yes
Sports Field: Yes
Computer Lab: Yes
Science Laboratory: Yes
Alliance High School News
Did you know Alliance High School was built with ‘injury’ funds?
World War I saw Kenyans fight in a white man’s war they hardly understood. Most were recruited by force to serve as frontline porters, machine gun, stretcher and ammunition carriers, as well as cooks, ward orderlies, armed scouts, interpreters, and personal servants.
Others worked as casual laborers and dug drains, built bridges, made roads, erected huts and repaired the railway line. These porters were the feet and arms of the British Army. Among the benefits of having fought in faraway Burma, was that some returned home with guitars and accordions that gave us the popular Mwomboko music from 1920s Central Kenya.
The porters also had to be paid. To identify who was to be compensated for their war effort saw the introduction of the kipande. This was what morphed into the current ID. But it was hanged on the neck due to that small matter of Kenyans not having pockets since most never wore trousers!
Back to World War I., The mkoloni needed many Kenyans to be conscripted into the Kings African Rifles. But no moran was conscripted in Maasai land where elders chose to donate ng’ombe to ensure a constant supply of beef to soldiers as Geoffrey Hodges notes in his 1997 book, Kariokor: The Carrier Corps.
Luo Nyanza provided the best porters who “were simply invaluable,” cruel Col Ewart Grogan wrote to John Ainsworth, the Native Commissioner.
‘Bwana Simba,’ who had the gory hobby of dragging Africans along Nairobi River in the area a certain community now calls ‘Girogoni’ meant their naturally strong physique would be an asset.
Few Kenyans wanted to serve as porters, to the extent that a Kisumu DC drafted an assistant chief he hated to the war! “With scant discipline,” wrote ruthless colonial officer Richard Meinertzhagen, “they have proved themselves on more than one occasion to be stout-hearted fellows and cheerful in adversity…what some of these gallant porters have suffered will never be known.”
Over 44,000 of them died during World War I.
Did you know that the colonial government, with governor Richard Coryndon – after whom the Nairobi National Museum was once named – marshalled resources to found the East African War Relief Fund for those injured in the War?
After deductions paying amputees and those who returned as ‘mono-eye’ around £5,600 (Sh761,600 at current exchange rates) remained and was earmarked for a medical college in Kikuyu.
Did you know the said college was completed in 1926 and later became the Alliance Boys High School, popularly known as ‘Bush?’