- Maranda High School was founded in 1919 by the Shadrack Osewe Agot
- Notable alumni include ODM leader Raila Odinga and his brothr Dr Oburu Odinga
Maranda High School, nestled in Bondo, Siaya County, Kenya, boasts a rich and storied history that dates back to its founding in 1919 by the late Shadrack Osewe Agot.
From humble beginnings as a small institution teaching basic skills and Christianity, the school has evolved into one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country.
With a strong emphasis on academic excellence and a remarkable roster of accomplished alumni, Maranda High School continues to leave an indelible mark on the Kenyan education landscape
A Legacy of Academic Excellence
Maranda High School has carved a reputation for itself as a paragon of academic excellence, consistently delivering outstanding results in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
The school’s commitment to educational excellence is evident in its consistent performance, ranking first in the nation in 2011 and consistently placing in the top ten in other years.
In the 2022 KCSE exams, Maranda High School once again showcased its academic prowess. Out of the 605 candidates who sat for the exams, the school achieved a remarkable mean score of 9.5455.
Even more astonishing, 567 students from Maranda High School secured direct admission to universities, constituting an exceptional 90.18% of the total candidature.
Such remarkable success can be attributed to the outstanding leadership of Principal Edwin Nemachanja, who was honored with the Principal of the Year (POYA) award for the Nyanza region in 2019.
Challenges and Resilience
Despite its accomplishments, Maranda High School has faced significant challenges.
In recent years, the school has experienced multiple fires that caused damage to its dormitories.
In 2012, a fire led to the temporary closure of the school, and in 2013, two more dormitories were destroyed. Regrettably, the school encountered two additional fires in 2021.
Maranda High School takes great pride in its distinguished list of notable alumni who have made significant contributions to various fields.
One of the most prominent alumni is former Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Amolo Odinga. Raila, along with his brother Dr. Oburu Oginga, attended Maranda High School in 1962.
In addition to the Odinga brothers, Maranda High School can also count the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, a prominent politician and the first Vice President of Kenya, among its notable alumni.
Forner Karachuonyo MP James Rege, Justice Nicholas Ombija, and preacher PC Peter Raburu are also esteemed alumni who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.
The influence of Maranda High School extends beyond politics and law.
Celebrated journalists such as David Ohito, Isaac Omulo Okoth, John Lawrence, and Bethwel Oduo are products of this esteemed institution.