Arusha School marks its 75th year of existence this week. The institution is the country’s first ever English Medium school which received pioneer pupils in May 1934.
School Headmistress Angelina Kitigwa said the ceremony to mark the occasion takes place this Sunday with the Minister of Education and Vocation Training Shukuru Kawambwa launching the institution’s first website as well as laying foundation stone for its proposed Kindergarten wing.
The Government owned learning institution boasts over
20,000 worldwide affiliations through its widely spread student alumni, former teaching and subordinate staff members and related parents who are reportedly spread all over the globe.
A large number of cross-national pupils, teachers, working staff and parents have apparently passed through the school or were associated with it in the past 77 years.
“We believe there must be at least one person who knows Arusha School in each country in the world,” stated Mwalimu Pelle Ibrahim Shaibu a former Arts master who retired in 2007.
There are those who are ready to say that Arusha School is a name more intimate among many world citizens than even Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Bishop William Wynn Jones was the founding Headmaster at Arusha School with his children Susan Bailey and Nee Wynn Jones being among the first pupils at the school.
Arusha School opened classes for the first time in 1934, as a private co-educational school for European children and Tanzanian based expatriates until 1972. The school was then taken over by the government. Currently its Primary wing educates students from Nursery to Standard 7 and is both a boarding and day school catering for about 491 day students and 283 boarders.
To mark its 25the anniversary in 1959 the school constructed a Library and two-and-a-half decades later during the commemoration of its 50th Birthday in 1984 Arusha School started working on Secondary School project which resulted in the current Arusha Day Secondary school.
For this 75th milestone Arusha School intends to come up with a proper Nursery School wing.