The Administration Block

Namilyango Pyramid at Dusk

Administration Block

The Pyramid

Walkway from the admin to Hanlon house

The Namilyango Sports Pavillion

Doyle & Mckee House

Headteacher's Mansion

  • School Motto: Nisi dominus
  • Motto Meaning: Nisi dominus… Translated means that “Unless with God, All is in Vain…”

Summary: Namilyango College is the oldest secondary school in Uganda. It is a boys-only boarding middle and high school located in Mukono District in the Central Region of Uganda, whose history and excellence in sports and academics have made it one of the most prestigious schools in Uganda.

Location: The school campus is situated in Uganda, on Namilyango Hill, approximately 7 kilometres by road, southwest of Mukono, and about 3.2 kilometres by road, south of the Seeta Town, the nearest trading center. The college lies approximately 20 kilometres by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The coordinates of Namilyango College are: 0°20'19.0"N, 32°43'02.0"E (Latitude:0.338611; Longitude:32.717222)

History: Namilyango College opened on Sunday March 23rd 1902 with students, by Reverend Father Minderop of The Mill Hill Missionaries, and was the first post-primary boarding school in Uganda. It was started with a two-fold purpose: to train catechists for evangelism and to educate the sons of chiefs.

The aims and objectives of the school were summarized in the motto “Education for Responsibility”, which was adopted to guide students and teachers alike. Later, the motto “Nisi dominus” was adopted in line with the Catholic foundation of the school.

The captivating journey of Namilyango College is captured in a journal that is over 115 years old, which dates back as far as 7th of March 1902. The entries in this journal are capture in the Namilyango College Log Book from the NACOBA (Namilyango College Old Boys Association) website:

Namilyango has over years carved a niche in the academic and extra-curricular landscape by becoming a dominant force in ordinary and advanced education levels. It has through the years been a center of academic, consistently performing within the top 10 schools of country at both levels. While at the same time establishing a reputation as Uganda’s indomitable juggernaut in rugby and other sports.

  • Infrastructure: The College has over a thousand students who reside in dormitories for the O-level and a hostel for A-level students. The Minderop Hostel for the advanced level students is named after Father James Minderop, the first Headmaster of the College.

The eleven residential houses are:

  1. Biermans House
  2. Billington House
  3. Campling House
  4. Doyle House
  5. Hanlon House of Lords
  6. Kiwanuka House
  7. Kuipers House
  8. McKee House
  9. Mukasa House
  10. Reensich House
  11. Heweston House

Namilyango College has a number of salient structures which are as much functional as they are cosmetic:

  1. The Administration Block
  2. The Island Classroom Blocks
  3. The Main Hall
  4. The Dining Hall
  5. The Chapel
  6. The Pyramid (Formerly boxing & sports area now HSC reading & engagement centre)
  7. The Library

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

  • The Invincible Ruggers: “Between1990-1992, the rugby grounds at the college was known as “The Graveyard” because no team, whether school or professional that ever came to play ever won a single match against “The Namilyango Invincibles”. The team consisted of legendary players like… Captain David XXXXX, David “Bunkens” Bukenya, Were “Zeus”, Opara “OPP”, Simon “Side Stepping” Olok, Senyondo “Hard Head” Dan… In one match Namilyango College beat the Jinja The legend has it that it because of the perpetual damage that Namilyango caused to all the professional teams i.e. Kobs, Heathens, etc… that a schools league was introduced to prevent further embarrassment to the all the professional clubs…”

Dr. Ronnie Mich Egwang

Hanlon House of Lords (1990-1996)

Pioneer Secondary School: Namilyango College is oldest secondary school in Uganda having been established in March 1902. Making it the secondary school with the longest and richest heritage in the Pearl of Africa.

Boxing Powerhouse: For decades Namilyango College, was renown as a formidable boxing talent development center was considered the best school in boxing until the sport was stopped in the school in the early 1990s. Notable boxing stars like Francis Were (RIP) were some of the cream of the crop produced.

Rugby Royals: Rugby has become the biggest sport in the college ever since the early 90s. Namilyango has won the national schools' rugby title more than any other school, and has sent numerous players to the national team.

Some of the key events and activities on the Namilyango calendar include the following:

  • Visitation Sundays (Last Sunday of the Month)
  • Namilyango Day (March of Every Year)
  • Namilyango Annual General Meeting (4th November 2018)
  • NACOBA Awards Dinner (July 27th 2018)
  • NACOBA Sports Day
  • NACOBA Monthly House Get Togethers

An up to date calendar can be found on the NACOBA (Namilyango College Old Boys Association) website:

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

In the over a century of its existence, Namilyango College has built a culture that has created a unique DNA in terms of the way things are done, the school style, funny activities, mannerisms, rites of passage and aspects that define us as who are, were, or will be… These include:

  • “Last Supper”: As a custom, there is no grub that could be taken home. So students would save up a little pocket money to buy “escorts” from the canteen and remaining grub, to celebrate the last night in school at the end of every term.
  • “In Namilyango, We Share”: In Namilyango, everything belongs to “all of us” be it grub (when you eat we should all eat! J)… your sisters or cousins (we need introductions! so when they come to see you at school, they also come to see us)…

  • Anti- shower: A student who does not bathe.
  • Abortion Pill: Soya seeds that the students come with from home.
  • Biinu/ Chinu: The pair of shorts worn as uniform by O’level students.
  • Bob: To dodge classes or any other official school activity.
  • Bobist: One who dodges classes alot.
  • Buffalo: Making a mistake in spoken English.
  • Bugembe: A dis-used football field at the extreme southern end of the school. Black out: To get drunk. Badras/Tyres: Pancakes sold in the school canteen. Bunda: A bundle of money
  • Catar/Catalyst: Appetizer, prepared by the students and mixed with food to boost their appetite.
  • Carbon: Foul smell from the feet.
  • Cartoon: Small or little.
  • Chimney: A smoker.
  • Calyos: Packed food from home, normally brought on visitaion days.
  • Chachaisa: To threaten, or terrify, or to scare others, with intent to impress.
  • Daily bread: Posho and beans served in the dinning hall.
  • Dark Justice: A very black or dark person.
  • Defender: One who has a habit of delaying in the dinning hall after a meal. Driving / Overtaking: Jumping the queue in the dinning hall.
  • Dude: A handsome boy.
  • Export: To get food from the dinning hall and eat it from the dormitory. Extension: Reading beyond the official hours for night preps.
  • Fag: A cigarrete
  • Horses /Mbalaasi: Ugly girls.
  • Headex Super Cup: Someone with a very big head.
  • Hattans: Pit Latrines.
  • Jouve: Porridge
  • Jawed: Refused.
  • K.B: Conversation, or chatting
  • Kanga Bana: One who likes teasing children.A bully of some sorts.
  • Kasota: Prefects who are strict in enforcing the school rules.
  • Kavideo: One with a protruding forehead.
  • Kawusi /Kabwa: Being broke, or bankrupt, having no pocket money.
  • Kasoya: One who has large muscular legs.
  • Kiku: A student who does not bathe.
  • Kyalo: A student with ‘village’ behaviours, or queer habits.
  • Kyoya Man: A very hairy person.
  • Kizindalo: A big chapati. Lazzing: Relaxing, or resting.
  • Long Safe: Escape route where teachers are least expected.
  • Lukambwe: Tea / Coffee
  • Mbaawo: Fried Cassava chips sold in the canteen.
  • Mackomps: A mad, or confused person.
  • Mallos: Local beer made out of millet.
  • Meere: Dinning Hall Prefects.
  • Mirinda: A very brown person.
  • Moscow: To be discontinued from school on academic grounds.
  • Mudips: A person who is gentle and diplomatic.
  • Mukajanga: A bully
  • Mupya: A new student in the school.
  • Muwawa: Something boring, irrelevant or nonsensical.
  • Musujja: Poor marks in a test or an examination.
  • Munyigo: A slow song played in a dance.
  • Ndalu: Potatoes, prepared as a delicacy in the dinning hall.
  • Nigger: Someone who immitates the western culture.
  • Pull: Come here.
  • Permoi: Permission to go out of College.
  • Pingu: A short person.
  • Powerhouse: The dinning hall.
  • Road runner: A person who runs very fast.
  • Rocket: A cough usually accompanied by spatum.
  • Saasi: Cheating in an exam or test.
  • Seruganda: A student who likes, and is fluent in Luganda.
  • Survivor: A student who comes back for H.S.C in the College.
  • Segzy: Putting on a trouser, while balancing it on the buttocks level.
  • Sucrose: Sugar.
  • Shopping: Stealing.
  • Susu: Escaping out of school.
  • Striker: Someone who goes to the dinning hall before time for a meal.
  • Tapping: Begging from a colleague.
  • Tranzie: Transport.
  • T.N.T/Boom: A fat person.
  • Vibe: Interesting talk.
  • Vupe: Smart, elegent clothing.
  • Vuyard: Playing dirty tricks.
  • Wansolo: A new student, particularly a non survivor.
  • Winter: Reading at nght, beyond the normal reading time.
  • Wembley: The main sports field.
  • Wizzing: Missing.
  • Weevils: Students from SMACK.
  • Wallop: To beat.
  • Weapons: Spoons and folks.
  • Zoobs: Cigarretes.
  • Mbawo: (pronounced mmba-wo) Is another name for fried cassava
  • Top-Layer: Is the oil on top of the bean/meat soup served in the dining hall that is considered a delicacy reserved for the captains/prefects/first in line.
  • Crossing: In order to avoid the inconvenience of following the line in the dining hall prefects, were accorded the “right” to cross to the front of the line in the dining hall.
  • Kasota: (pronounced kaa-so-ta) Term given to a mean person/teacher/prefect aka “snake in the grass” who usually gave punishments, made you kneel, or slash
  • Kyalo: (pronounced cha-lo) Is the name given to cassava which was fried with curry powder to give a red crisp texture
  • Omondis: Are rice balls fried with curry powder to give a reddish coat.
  • Ndalu: The name given to sweet potatoes in the dining hall
  • Biri Awo: Phrase meaning… “Hook me up with whatever you’re eating, drinking, or doing…” Or “I’m next, don’t finish it all…”
  • Kinu: (pronounced chi-noo) Is another name for the brown school shorts that were worn in O-level for many years.
  • Hattan/Manhattan: Was the terminology for pit latrines, named after “Manhattan Island” in New York.
  • Grass/Grassing: Meant to miss out on something…
  • Going to Moscow: Was the phrase which signified failing… Particularly after tests or examinations
  • Luso: Meant slashing
  • Bang Computer: To make a list of students who are going out of college for an event… Usually resulting in a huge number being left behind.
  • Mupya: Is the name for a fresher/new student in either Senior One or Senior Five who has just joined the College.
  • Vaz/Valo: The terminology given to clothes or meaning to wear something

Notable Old Students


Executive Chairman CQCI


Former Prime Minister






Inspector General of Police


Former Minister of Finance


DP President


3rd Deputy Katikkiro and Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs


BBC Journalist


Football Coach


Head National Planning Authority


Former FUFA President


DR/Public Speaker


Social Marketing Director


Chief of Party (ACT)


FUFA President