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Bunyore Girls High School in Emuhaya, Vihiga County was established by the Cramers Missionaries from South Africa as a commercial training centre in 1905.

Girls were taught religion, arithmetic, English, vernacular and needlework besides living together as Christians then teach Sunday school in nearby villages.  

It became a highly valued school for wives nationwide. As it grew, cookery and Kiswahili lessons were added to the curriculum.

By 1944, it was a fully-fledged primary and intermediate school. It even incorporated a nearby boys’ school, but the boys were later shifted to what is today’s Kima Primary School in 1952.

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The lasses remained in today’s Bunyore Girls High School, where Priscilla Were was the longest time the principal- 17 years since 1974.

Nicknamed ‘BG’, Bunyore Girls produced reputable science results and is an academic giant in Vihiga with a 1, 200-strong population.

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Notable alumni include Alice Amwomo Wako, the mother of Busia senator and former attorney-general Amos Wako was moulded and fell in love with teaching and later taught there with her hubby, Daniel Wako.

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Others still guided by the motto, “United We Excel,” are Prof Carolyne Omulando, Dean School of Education and Social Sciences Alupe University College; Olel, Onyango, Ingutiah & Company Advocates’ lawyers Laura Bagwasi and Lorna Odhong; Safaricom NOC Engineer, Valentine Kageha; Aga Khan Foundation East Africa Regional Communications Lead, Susan Anyangu and Vihiga County Government Communication officer, Sharon Marion.

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Those who rode on Kukhu, the Isuzu school truck, are East Africa Educational Publishers Editor Patience Linyulu; Masinde Muliro University Media Trainer, Marvin Wangatia; Kenya Literature Bureau Chief Editor Fridah Frish; Kenya National Association of the Deaf Administrative Secretary Georgine Auma; and Royal Media Services Production Assistant Bernice Mwigina.

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Those who donned blue skirts and pullovers and white blouses include LVCT Health Senior Finance Officer Lencer Adoyo; Kemri lab manager Lucy Okubi: Depression Ambassador Sharon Jumba; KCAA air traffic controller Rose Chepkwony; documentarist and researcher in the Office of the President Gertrude Ambiyo; KEFRI biometricians Celestine Ingutia; Education For Life Counselling psychologist Margaret Karani; and Braeburn Schools International Learning Resource manager Euster Agamara.

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