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  • School Motto: Strive Regardless
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Namasagali College was established in 1965, as Kamuli college located in Kamuli district at the premises now occupied by Busoga high school. Later that year, the school was relocated to its present premises and renamed Namasagali college.

In the beginning, the school was a joint venture between the Busoga kingdom and the Mill Hill fathers of the Roman Catholic church provided the infrastructure , while the Catholic church provided administrative leadership. The first two headteachers were Mill Hill fathers ; Fr. Novel (1965-1966) and Fr.Grimes (1967-2000). This arrangement was terminated in 2001, and following the departure of Fr. Grimes, the school became a public institution under the administration of the Ministry Of Education and Sports.

Infrastructure: (House names)

  1. Kabale
  2. Arua
  3. Mbarara
  4. Wakefield
  5. Jinja 1
  6. Jinja 2
  7. Kampala
  8. Entebbe

‘’Urban Legends/Heritage Stories/We Are We Famous For?”

  • Namasagali was famous for its staged drama and dance productions often shown at the national theater with enviable full costume
  • Famous for their ‘little Red dress uniforms’
  • Famous for excelling at chess and swimming

 

During the 1960s up until the 1980’s, Namasagali was a prestigious high school sought after by the very best of students in Uganda. However, there was a tough period endured by the school but currently there are immense efforts underway by the school alumni and administration alike to revive the school infrastructure and improve on the academic performance to restore the school to its glory.

What Are Some Unique Rites of Passage, Mannerisms, “The School Style”, Ways of Doing Things That Are Only Done In Your School…

  • Senior One and Senior Five welcome party for the new crop and always forced to dance with the opposite sex
  • Kissing time: This would happen just after 9pm preps when the Juniors (S.1 – S.3) were going back to their dorms. Couples were allowed to kiss goodnight as long as they were not mixing levels. Mixing Levels would be if a Junior had a boyfriend /girlfriend in High (S.4-S.6) actually that is when that dating would be illegal. Otherwise, dating in school was allowed.
  • Running/jogging/trotting: This was done for meals, for rehearsals, to class so it wasn’t uncommon to see people jogging to almost everywhere especially if one was late. Punctuality was a golden rule. Mishap of this was punishable.
  • Arrest and Judgement: Corporal punishment like canning was left for Fr. Grimmes. There were several codes given before being arrested. When you were being arrested, a Reeve would shout out, “You are under arrest”. The one being arrested was allowed to ask, “For what?” Then the Reeve would mention the offence, pull out the Arrest book, take down ones’ credentials like name, class, house then the one arrested would knee down (without using the hands to touch down).
  • Saturday Kadanke (disco dance): Attendance was a must. Actually with rollcall. One was punished if they were caught dodging. The only excuse would be if one was really unwell.
  • Sunday morning conference: Father would brief the whole school on the week past and what to expect for the new week. Attendance was a must with rollcall just like Saturday Kandake.
  • Morning Dance Class: These were for all classes. They would happen as early as 6am. It was through these that talent (music and dance) for the Main School Production would be identified.
  • End of Term Miming Competitions: the students would mime different songs from artistes across the world. However, we were not allowed to showcase vulgarity in both song and dance.
  • Beauty Contests: It is from these that Ms. & Mr. Namasagali were chosen. Selction of all candidates to enter the competitions was by ballot. Then all would have like two weeks to ‘get into shape’, practice, and work on their different attire (traditional wear, beach wear, evening wear, and creative wear). Fr. Grimmes would bring professional judges from the fashion industry to be the judges of this event.
  • End of year signing of Autographs: Those students interested in keeping friends would create auto books where one was required to fill in information like; favourite actor/actress, food, hobby, event of the year, worst moment, embarrassing moment, most handsome boy, most beautiful girl, best perfume, movie, song and so on and so forth.
  • Poetry Exams: These had a whole week to be done! A poem was given to each student in the course of the term and one was supposed to memorize it then recite it before a panel with as much creativity and originality as possible. Actually poetry was a whole course unit among the subjects that we were taught at school.
  • Kadanke; Saturday night dance
  • Kidaga; for freshly made buns by mama
  • Sankara; fried fish sold in the school canteen
  • Bogie; for porridge
  • Fithe/Father/Grimo; for Fr. Grimes
  • Proda: for stage drama & dance productions
  • Dolphins; for the swimmers

Notable Old Students

REBECCA KADAGA

Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament

MIRIA MATEMBE

Uganda Minister of Ethics and Integrity, 1998–2003

JULIANA KANYOMOZI

Ugandan Recording Artist

ALEX NDAWULA

Capital FM

ISAAC MUSUMBA

State minister for Lands, Housing & Urban Dev't

RONNIE MULINDWA

Obsessions

LINDA KIBOMBO

Sanyu FM/NTV

PATRICK BITATURE

Ugandan Entrepreneur, Businessman & Hotelier

IRYN NAMUBIRU

Ugandan-Born, Performing Artist

CHARLES MBIIRE

Entrepreneur & Shareholder MTN UG

BETSY MUGAMBA

General Manager Sanyu FM

CLEOPATRA KYOHEIRWE

Singer & Actress

BENON MUGUMBYA

CEO Swangz Avenue

ROBERT KABUSHENGA

CEO Vision Group

LINDA BAZALAKI

Former Miss Uganda

SYLVIA OWORI

Fashion Guru

PROFESSOR WASSWA BALUNYWA

Principal MUBS

STEPHEN ASSIIMWE

Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board

DENNIS MATANDA

Documentaries Producer & Former Production Director Radio One

SEANICE KACUNGIRA

Former Radio Presenter on Sanyu FM

SUSAN MUHWEZI

Chairperson Uganda Hotel Owners Association

VINCENT BAGIIRE

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT

TIMOTHY KALYEGIRA

Newspaper Columnist and Journalist

MARCUS KWIKIRIZA

Former Capital Radio Presenter

ALUMNI CORNER

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