Kigumo Bendera High School in Murang’a county was established jointly by the government and the African Christian Church and Schools in 1965.
In 1970 it was upgraded to a secondary school and in 1988 it was made a boys’ boarding school. It is within Kigumo Shopping Centre and it neighbours Marumi and Gakoe-ini villages.
It is nicknamed Kibesco aka Ki-flag or Kibe. In 1990s and 2000s it was unpopular with students bullying but it has remained a sports powerhouse in the county. The motto is “Strive for Victory”.
Learners likened it to a military camp. Schools which experienced the wrath of Kibesco students include Njiiri High School, their neighbour Karega Secondary School, Mathare-ini Secondary School, Kamahuha Girls High School, Ikumbi Secondary School and others.
It has produced notable people like Murang’a University College English and Communications Assistant Lecturer Chege Samuel Ng’ang’a, Kenya Rural Roads Authority Senior Transport Economist Nicholas Kibe and Gospel Musician Bobby G of the song “Do They Know”.
Others include Stephen Mugoro Nyambura, footballer and founding member of Thika FC, Ole Sereni hotel head Concierge Julius Githina, Football Kenya Federation’s Under-20 players James Gichinji and Michael Njuguna.