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Coordinates: 17°48′11″S 31°03′29″E -17.8031617, 31.0580921


St. George's College

  • Address: Borrowdale Road, Harare, Zimbabwe
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The school was founded in 1896 by a French Jesuit, Father Marc Barthélemy, who opened the doors to a small corrugated-iron, two-windowed hut to admit the first six pupils to Bulawayo Boys' School, with its location in Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia). In 1898, a more permanent building was erected, and in December of that year, at the first prize-giving, the school assumed the title St. George's Boys' Public School. In 1899, Fr. Francis Johanny joined the staff and set up the Cadet Corp. Three years later, Fr. Thomas Gardner, the first English Jesuit arrived. In the same year, 1902, the first Rhodes Scholarships were awarded in Rhodesia, and they went to St. George's boys Albert Bisset and Woodford Gilbert. In 1912 the first permanent buildings were completed and opened by Earl Grey. [1]

St. George's College moved to Salisbury (now Harare) in 1926. The architect of the buildings was Fr. Louis Leboeuf and the main builder was Br. John Conway, SJ. The Beit Hall was opened in 1935 by Sir Robert Stanley. In 1940 the library was built, then the 'Monastery' and later the 'Priory'. In 1955, the new Dormitory Wing and Laboratories were built, and later, in 1973, The permanent Chapel was erected. The Chapel is the centre of life at Saints. Once upon a time the St Georges boys were smashed by gateway Football (the one that actually uses their feet). [1]

In the year's before Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, the country's government schools were segregated, but St George's, as a private school, was allowed a limited black intake, and was multiracial. It had admitted its first black pupil in 1963. [1]

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