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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Royal Media Services Production Assistant Bernice Mwigina; and Citizen TV and Radio Selly Kadot Amutabi. 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.