History of Nyeri Baptist High School

In 1964 three Baptist Associations in Central Kenya asked the Baptist Mission of East Africa (SBC) to help establish a high school in the Nyeri region. The mission provided land and with funds from the local associations and Southern Baptists in the US, through the Lottie Moon Offering and Cooperative Program, construction soon began.

Nyeri Baptist High School opened its doors on February 12, 1966 with 39 students. With two classrooms, two offices and a storeroom in the first tuition block, classes were held in one room and the boys slept in the other. The four girls in the first class slept in the headmaster’s house. The first teaching staffs were primarily missionaries with two or three Kenyan teachers, but today the entire teaching staff is made up of national teachers and Fred Gachau has served as the headmaster since 1998. The school was turned over to the Baptist Convention of Kenya in 1997.

Today’s student body includes 126 girls and 268 boys and many dorms and classrooms, a
chapel, a library, dining hall and much more are located on the beautiful campus. With the assistance of volunteers from North Carolina Baptist Men (and women) the school is now building classrooms for the girls after testing showed that they excelled when studying in classes for girls only.

The main objective of the school continues to be providing quality high school education in a Christian environment with each graduate becoming an all round person, a servant leader who is spiritually and morally sound, academically alert, physically fit and above all well disciplined.

The school has excelled in academics with graduates joining colleges and universities within and outside the country. A large number of former students are now in prominent positions both in private and public sectors as well as serving in many Christian ministries in East Africa.

Nyeri High School has also excelled in sports with the boys’ basketball team having been the National champions and the girls have excelled in badminton. The school has also emerged winners at the Kenya Music Festivals.

More importantly the students are provided many opportunities for growing spiritually. They are involved in Bible studies and discipleship and many students have committed their lives to Christ while at Nyeri Baptist. Students are also involved in ministering to the neighboring community.


jill said...

Great to see NBHS and to pray for students there and in Mombasa who sit for their exams. I love that school and the people of Nyeri. I say Good job to teachers and Mr. Gachau and students for trying their best to honor God. Blessings and courage. Jill B. Branyon (a former teacher at NBHS)

Jennie Glass said...

Oh, this is so wonderful to find this web page. Hello students and teachers of NBHS! I am so happy to see and read about all of you. I have such fond memories of the most beautiful place in Kenya with the most gracious and loving people in the world. May God continue to bless you and keep you in His loving arms.Jennie Glass(former IMB missionary and neighbor of NBHS)

GLJ said...

I am so happy to find the web site too. I taught there as a JMan when there were only about 132 students. I learned generosity from the Kenyan people who shared so much with me when I went home with students. May God continue to bless the students and their work as graduates. GayLynnJohnson

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill, I am a former Nyeri Resident and acknowledge the wonderful work of the school and you. From Zuli

jill said...

Jill is excited about the new girls' campus. I am praying for you during your exams. I hope you do well and trust God with the results. God bless you all in all you do. I pray for the faculty and staff