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The 100 best high schools in Africa, 2003
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Criteria for selecting the schools
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.

Chief of all questions in the research process was this: which schools impart real knowledge and ability in their students, skills that translate directly into later success?

Why is it that students who pass with high grades do not always achieve spectacularly in the professional fields?

The main criteria used by Africa Almanac were, in order of importance:

    1) The strength and active reach of the old boys and old girls associations and networks of the schools, especially as they act through re-unions, financial donations to the school, and alumni websites and newsletters. The rationale for this was that there is no better way a school's impact on students is better felt than in the degree of loyalty maintained after the students leave the school.

    2) The profile of the school, especially in terms of academic excellence and/ or its success in extracurricular activity, particularly sports and the performing arts. This would be obvious for a school to be regarded as successful, especially where it performs well both in academic and extracurricular disciplines.

    3) The presence and visibility of the school on the Internet, in such areas as the maintenance of a website or some form of user group and chat room. Good schools of the 21st century would, as a matter of course, have made some strides toward acquiring some form of Internet presence.

    4) The presence of the school in the news and its tendency to attract news coverage on radio, television, magazine articles, and newspaper news stories and features.

    5) The reputation, achievements, and high profile of the school's current and past students. The rationale would be that the crowning achievement of a school --- its very reason for being --- is to produce students and alumni who impact society in a meaningful way.

The 100 best high schools in Africa, 2003
Source: Africa Almanac research
As at May 20, 2003

School

Country

1. Grey College

South Africa

2. Rift Valley Academy

Kenya

3. King Edward VII School

South Africa

4. Hilton College

South Africa

5. St. George's College

Zimbabwe

6. Prince Edward School

Zimbabwe

7. International School of Kenya

Kenya

8. Accra Academy

Ghana

9. Lycée Lamine Guèye

Senegal

10. Adisadel College

Ghana

11. St John's College Houghton

South Africa

12. Maritzburg College

South Africa

13. Lycée Guebre Mariam

Ethiopia

14. Selborne College

South Africa

15. St Alban's College

South Africa

16. Lycée Lyautey

Morocco

17. Durban High School

South Africa

18. Grey High School

South Africa

19. St Andrew`s College

South Africa

20. Gateway High School

Zimbabwe

21. Glenwood High School

South Africa

22. Rainbow International School

Uganda

23. Lycée Moulay Youssef

Morocco

24. Kearsney College

South Africa

25. St. James High School

Zimbabwe

26. Wynberg Boys High School

South Africa

27. Pretoria Boys High School

South Africa

28. International School Moshi

Tanzania

29. Strathmore School

Kenya

30. Parktown Boys' High School

South Africa

31. International School of Tanganyika

Tanzania

32. Holy Child School

Ghana

33. Christ The King College Onitsha

Nigeria

34. Graeme College

South Africa

35. Jeppe High School for Boys

South Africa

36. Alliance High School

Kenya

37. Kingswood College

South Africa

38. Hamilton High School

Zimbabwe

39. Lincoln International School

Uganda

40. Lycée Victor Hugo

Morocco

41. Alexandra High School

South Africa

42. École Normale Supérieure

Guinea

43. Ghana International School

Ghana

44. Arundel School

Zimbabwe

45. Rondebosch Boys' High School

South Africa

46. Starehe Boys' Centre

Kenya

47. American International School of Johannesburg

South Africa

48. Victoria Park High School

South Africa

49. Methodist Boys High School

Sierra Leone

50. Harare International School

Zimbabwe

51. Methodist Girls High School

Sierra Leone

52. Lenana School

Kenya

53. St. Andrew's High School

Malawi

54. Benoni High School

South Africa

55. Roedean School

South Africa

56. Lycee Francais du Caire

Egypt

57. Kamuzu Academy

Malawi

58. Mount Pleasant High School

Zimbabwe

59. Mfantsipim School

Ghana

60. Gayaza High School

Uganda

61. Kutama College

Zimbabwe

62. Wheelus High School

Libya

63. Michaelhouse School

South Africa

64. Westville Boys' High School

South Africa

65. Namilyango College

Uganda

66. Government College Umuahia

Nigeria

67. Muir College

South Africa

68. Wesley Girls High School

Ghana

69. Alexander Sinton High School

South Africa

70. Lycée Faidherbe

Senegal

71. Royal College Port Louis

Mauritius

72. Lycée Lyautey de Casablanca

Morocco

73. Settlers High School

South Africa

74. Nyeri High School

Kenya

75. Pinetown Boys' High School

South Africa

76. Kings' College Lagos

Nigeria

77. Lycée Français Liberté

Mali

78. Paarl Boys' High School

South Africa

79. St. Paul's College

Namibia

80. Tafari Makonnen School

Ethiopia

81. Wynberg Girls' High School

South Africa

82. Port Shepstone High School

South Africa

83. Clapham High School

South Africa

84. Hillcrest Secondary School

Kenya

85. South African College School

South Africa

86. Lycée Blaise Diagne

Senegal

87. St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls

South Africa

88. Townsend High School

Zimbabwe

89. St.Gregory's College

Nigeria

90. Allan Wilson High School

Zimbabwe

91. Mangu High School

Kenya

92. Windhoek High School

Namibia

93. Banani International Secondary School

Zambia

94. Alexander Road High School

South Africa

95. Lycée Blaise Pascal

Gabon

96. Lycée Claudel

Mali

97. Lowveld High School

South Africa

98. Lycée Français d'Agadir

Morocco

99. Makerere College School

Uganda

100. Achimota Secondary School

Ghana


Africa's 50 oldest schools (by Country)

Country

School

Founded

Cameroon

St. Joseph's College

1939

Ethiopia

Menelik II Senior Secondary School

1908

Kenya

Rift Valley Academy

1906

Liberia

College of West Africa

1833

Nigeria

Baptist Academy Lagos

1854

Nigeria

Church Missionary Society Grammer School

1859

Rwanda

Izaaza Secondary School

1950

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Grammer School

1845

South Africa

South African College School

1829

Uganda

Mengo Secondary School

1897

Zimbabwe

St. George's College

1896


Africa's 50 oldest schools (by Date)

School

Location

Country

Year founded

South African College School

CapeTown

South Africa

1829

College of West Africa

Monrovia

Liberia

1833

Sierra Leone Grammer School

Freetown

Sierra Leone

1845

St.George's Grammer School

CapeTown

South Africa

1848

Diocesan Bishop's College

Cape Town

South Africa

1849

Annie Walsh Memorial School

Freetown

Sierra Leone

1849

Grey College

Bloemfontein

South Africa

1855

Grey High School

Port Elizabeth

South Africa

1856

St Andrew`s College

Grahamstown

South Africa

1856

Queens College

Queenstown

South Africa

1858

Church Missionary Society Grammar School

Bariga

Nigeria

1859

Dale College

Kingwilliamstown

South Africa

1861

Pietermaritzburg High School

Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

1863

Maritzburg College

Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

1863

Muir College

Uitenhage

South Africa

1865

Durban High School

Durban

South Africa

1866

Paarl Boys' High School

Cape Town

South Africa

1868

Selborne College

East London

South Africa

1872

Graeme College

Grahamstown

South Africa

1873

Methodist Boys High School

Freetown

Sierra Leone

1874

St. Charles College

Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

1875

Hilton College

Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

1876

Mfantsimpim School

Cape Coast

Ghana

1876

Wykeham Collegiate Independent School for Girls

Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

1878

Methodist Boys High School

Yaba

Nigeria

1878

Methodist Girls High School

Yaba

Nigeria

1879

Methodist Girls High School

Free Town

Sierra Leone

1880

Baptist Boys High School

Yaba

Nigeria

1885

Kimberley High School

Kimberley

South Africa

1887

Merchiston Preparatory School

Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

1892

Michaelhouse School

Balgowan

South Africa

1896

St. George's College

Harare

Zimbabwe

1896

Kingswood College

Grahamstown

South Africa

1896

Mengo Secondary School

Kampala

Uganda

1897

St. Patrick's College

Kimberley

South Africa

1897

Rondebosch Boys High School

Cape Town

South Africa

1898

Epworth High School

Pietermaritzburg

South Africa

1898

Prince Edward School

Harare

Zimbabwe

1898

Pretoria Boys High School

Pretoria

South Africa

1901

St. Andrews School for Girls

Senderwood

South Africa

1902

Pretoria Girls' High School

Pretoria

South Africa

1902

King Edward School

Johannesburg

South Africa

1902

Namilyango College

Kampala

Uganda

1902

The Albert Academy

Freetown

Sierra Leone

1904

Potchefstroom Boys High School

Potchefstroom

South Africa

1905

Gayaza High School

Kampala

Uganda

1905

Bo Government School

Bo

Sierra Leone

1906

Kings' College Budo

Kampala

Uganda

1906

Rift Valley Academy

Kijabe

Kenya

1906

St.Mary's College, Kisubi

Entebbe

Uganda

1906

Trinity College Nabbingo

Kampala

Uganda

1907

Abeokuta Grammar High School

 

Nigeria

1908

Menelik II Secondary School

Addis Ababa

Ethiopia

1908

Kings' College Lagos

Lagos

Nigeria

1909

Adisadel College

Cape Coast

Ghana

1910

Glenwood High School

Durban

South Africa

1910

Busoga College Mwiri

Jinja

Uganda

1911

Bweranyangi Girls Secondary School

Bushenyi

Uganda

1912

Eko Boys High School

 

Nigeria

1913

Ijebu Ode Grammar School

 

Nigeria

1913

The Royal College of Curepipe

Curepipe

Mauritius

1914

Makerere College School

Kampala

Uganda

1914

St. Joseph's High School

Mutare

Zimbabwe

1914

Athlone Boys' High School

Johannesburg

South Africa

1915

Athlone Girls' High School

Johannesburg

South Africa

1915

Ondo Boys High School

 

Nigeria

1919

St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls

Durban

South Africa

1919

Nabumali High School

Mbale

Uganda

1919

Methodist Boys High School 

Banjul

The Gambia

1921

Kearsney College

Natal

South Africa

1921

St. Henry's College Kitovu

Masaka

Uganda

1922

Benoni High School

Benoni

South Africa

1922

Mbarara High School

Mbarara

Uganda

1924

Tafari Makonnen School

Addis Ababa

Ethiopia

1924

Nyakasura School

Fort Portal

Uganda

1926

Alliance High School

Kikuyu

Kenya

1926

Ganta United Methodist School

Ganta

Liberia

1926

Achimota College

Accra

Ghana

1927

Queen's College

Yaba

Nigeria

1927

St.Gregory's College

Lagos

Nigeria

1929


Africa's 100 Best Secondary Schools, 2003
As at October 1, 2003 Source: Africa Almanac research

1. Grey College South Africa
2. Rift Valley Academy Kenya
3. King Edward VII School South Africa
4. Hilton College South Africa
5. St. George's College Zimbabwe
6. Prince Edward School Zimbabwe
7. International School of Kenya Kenya
8. Accra Academy Ghana
9. Lycée Lamine Guèye Senegal
10. Adisadel College Ghana
11. St John's College Houghton South Africa
12. Maritzburg College South Africa
13. Lycée Guebre Mariam Ethiopia
14. Selborne College South Africa
15. St Alban's College South Africa
16. Lycée Lyautey Morocco
17. Durban High School South Africa
18. Grey High School South Africa
19. St Andrew`s College South Africa
20. Gateway High School Zimbabwe
21. Glenwood High School South Africa
22. Rainbow International School Uganda
23. Lycée Moulay Youssef Morocco
24. Kearsney College South Africa
25. St. James High School Zimbabwe
26. Wynberg Boys High School South Africa
27. Pretoria Boys High School South Africa
28. Lycée Français de Tananarive Madagascar
29. Mauritius College of the Air Mauritius
30. International School Moshi Tanzania
31. Le Collège Mermoz Ivory Coast
32. Strathmore School Kenya
33. Parktown Boys' High School South Africa
34. International School of Tanganyika Tanzania
35. Holy Child School Ghana
36. Christ The King College Onitsha Nigeria
37. Graeme College South Africa
38. Jeppe High School for Boys South Africa
39. Alliance High School Kenya
40. Hillcrest School Jos Nigeria
41. Kingswood College South Africa
42. Hamilton High School Zimbabwe
43. Lincoln International School Uganda
44. Lycée Victor Hugo Morocco
45. Alexandra High School South Africa
46. École Normale Supérieure Guinea
47. Ghana International School Ghana
48. Arundel School Zimbabwe
49. Rondebosch Boys' High School South Africa
50. Starehe Boys' Centre Kenya
51. American International School of Johannesburg South Africa
52. Victoria Park High School South Africa
53. Methodist Boys High School Sierra Leone
54. Harare International School Zimbabwe
55. Methodist Girls High School Sierra Leone
56. Lenana School Kenya
57. St. Andrew's High School Malawi
58. Benoni High School South Africa
59. Waddilove High School Zimbabwe
60. Roedean School South Africa
61. Wykeham Collegiate Independent School for Girls South Africa
62. Lycee Francais du Caire Egypt
63. Christian Brothers' College Bulawayo Zimbabwe
64. Kamuzu Academy Malawi
65. Mount Pleasant High School Zimbabwe
66. Mfantsipim School Ghana
67. Chisipite Senior School Zimbabwe
68. Gayaza High School Uganda
69. Kutama College Zimbabwe
70. Wheelus High School Libya
71. Michaelhouse School South Africa
72. Westville Boys' High School South Africa
73. Namilyango College Uganda
74. Government College Umuahia Nigeria
75. Muir College South Africa
76. Wesley Girls High School Ghana
77. Alexander Sinton High School South Africa
78. Lycée Faidherbe Senegal
79. Royal College Port Louis Mauritius
80. Lycée La Fontaine Niger
81. Lycée Lyautey de Casablanca Morocco
82. Settlers High School South Africa
83. Nyeri High School Kenya
84. Pinetown Boys' High School South Africa
85. Kings' College Lagos Nigeria
86. Lycée Français Liberté Mali
87. Paarl Boys' High School South Africa
88. St. Paul's College Namibia
89. Tafari Makonnen School Ethiopia
90. Wynberg Girls' High School South Africa
91. Bingham Academy Ethiopia
92. Port Shepstone High School South Africa
93. Clapham High School South Africa
94. Hillcrest Secondary School Kenya
95. South African College School South Africa
96. Lycée Blaise Diagne Senegal
97. St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls South Africa
98. Townsend High School Zimbabwe
99. St.Gregory's College Nigeria
100. Allan Wilson High School Zimbabwe

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