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.