Historical Perspective

Historical Background

Alliance Girls High School sits on 71 acres of land and was the first African Girls High School in Kenya started for the African girl child by the Scottish Missionaries. The Presbyterian Church gave the land on which the school stands today and has remained the sponsor to-date.

The first 10 girls to the school arrived on the 28th February 1948. These girls were drawn from the different provinces in Kenya. This national outlook has been retained to-date. The school has a strong Christian tradition and way of life.


Through the years it has been led by a number of principals:

Mrs Jean Wilkinson 1948-1954

Miss Mary Bruce 1955-1968

Mrs Joan Waithaka 1969-1984

Mrs Rebecca Karanja 1985-2002

Mrs V.M Kituri 2003-2004

Mrs J.N Mbugua 2004-2008

Mrs. Dorothy Kamwilu 2008–2016

Mrs. Catherine K. Irungu (H.S.C) 2017

Mrs. Virginia Gitonga 2017-2022

Mrs. Jedidah Mwangi 2023-Present

Notable alumni

First Lady Lucy Kibaki
First woman presidential candidate - Hon. Charity Ngilu
First woman cabinet minister - Hon. Nyiva Mwendwa
Former assistant minister - Agnes Ndetei
Former assistant minister - Julia Ojiambo
First woman permanent secretary - Margaret Githinji
First woman head of civil service - Dr. Sally Kosgei
Former permanent secretary to the Habitat- Pamela Mboya, wife of the late Tom Mboya
First woman judge of High Court & Court of appeal-Lady Justice Effie Owuor
Justice M. Mugo
Justice Joyce Khaminwa
Medical doctors: Dr. Betty Gikonyo & Dr. Florence Manguyu
Educationists: Former Principal Mrs. Rebecca Karanja, Mrs. Mary Okello, Dr. Eddah Gachukia, Prof. Ruth Oniang’o, Prof. Micere Mugo, Prof. Ciarunji Chesaina, Dr. Rosalind Mutua
First woman vice chancellor of a public university Prof. Olive Mugenda of the Kenyatta University

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