About Alliance High School
Alliance High School (or AHS) popularly known as “Bush”, was the first school in Kenya to offer secondary school education to Africans. It was founded on 1 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’s central business district. The school is a 10-minute walk from the Alliance Girls’ High School, which has been its sister school.
Alliance High School Results
Alliance boys High School has always been ranked within the top ten best schools in each year’s National Examinations. It was ranked first in the country from 1960 to 1985. In 1986 it lost its top ranking for the first time in 25 years, slipping to third. It was ranked first in the country in 2005 based on the results of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In 2006 its rank dropped to third. In 2009 and 2010, the school emerged top in the KCSE results posting sterling performance. In 2011, the school dropped one place to second. In 2013 the school was on top again with a mean grade of A- beating other famous schools like Starehe Boys’ Centre and School
Alliance High schools’ motto is “Strong to Serve“. The Old Boys association has a website and a Yahoo group known as Bushfire. The school’s principal is David Gideon Kariuki.
Alliance High School – Activities
Alliance Boys High School is a participant in the national sports festival. The following games are offered at the school: athletics, badminton, basketball, football (soccer), handball, hockey, lawn tennis, rugby football, swimming and table tennis.
The school 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 has several exchange programs but the longest running ones are the Brooks Exchange Program and the Sir John Leeman Exchange Program. There is also the Governor’s Exchange Program.
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.
Alliance Boys High School – Culture
The Alliance High School community is rich in culture. The form ones take the unpopular tie test before they can be 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.
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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 the 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 one.
Alliance High School Contacts
School Name: Alliance High School
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
Alliance Boys High School – Location and Contacts
School Name: Alliance High School
Physical Location: Kikuyu Road, Opposite P.C.E.A Kikuyu Hospital
Address: P.O. Box 7, Kikuyu 00902
City/Town : Kikuyu
School Category: public
School Code : 11200001
Phone Number: 066-32026/7
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