Quitchez: Where the no nonsense CS Matiang’i dreaded ugali madondo

Matiang'i is a Kisii High alumni [Photo:Willis Awandu]

Kisii School was started by the Young Kavirondo Association as a Government African School in 1934. It was part of the colonial government’s initiative to provide secondary school education.  

Kisii School started as a primary school with 60 students before being converted to a secondary school in 1945. Today, it has seven streams and over 1,500 students.

‘Quitchez’ as Kisii School is nicknamed, has been an academic and sporting giant, with a string of national soccer championships between 1996 through 1999.

The bulk of its alumni play for Harambee Stars.

The mission of the school

— where students dreaded ugali and beans as the diet saw many visiting the dispensary

— is to produce students who will serve with distinction.

Notable alumni include the no n-nsense education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i, Chief Justice David Maraga, Wycliffe Oparanya, the first governor of Kakamega County, former member of National Assembly George Nyamweya, James Ongwae, first Governor of Kisii County and his Senator, Chris Obure.

This is where  students also feared the ‘bare’ punishment that saw one being admitted to the principal’s office for a stripping session to receive six lashes on their bare ‘beef.’

The other alumni who donned gray trousers and green sweaters include Prof Sam Ongeri and veteran politician Simeon Nyachae.