The Duke of York School in Nairobi, Kenya (in more recent times known as Lenana School) was founded in January 1949. This page will be of interest to Old Yorkists and Laibons- the term used to describe former students after the name changed.

The Where Are They Now sections of the site are updated at least monthly (the date at the bottom of this first page does not always reflect this). In an effort to counteract the spam web crawlers which seek out email addresses and send info automatically I have included the words ANTISPAM in all email addresses after the @ symbol. Please remove this word in order to obtain the correct email address.

This page was first developed in  1995 (21 years have flown by!)and from feedback received it is serving its main purpose- to put old boys and staff in touch with former students they have lost track of over the intervening years.  Dave Lichtenstein, who assists me in compilation, and I have two major policies: 1. we regard our efforts as a service to past students and staff- no fee or subscription will be charged, so that access is always open to all and 2. no copyright policy is in place- you are free to download/ copy material as required. In return we would appreciate it if readers would refrain from putting to us commercial proposals involving the site.

Forthcoming Events and News

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After 29 years living in Perth my wife and I are moving 200 kilometres to Bunbury, on the south coast. A bit of a sea change but mainly because one of our sons (and our three grandchildren) live there. Unfortunately I am unable keep my second computer (a huge dinosaur of a PC which has only the web page software on it) in action because we will be living in our camper or house-sitting while we look for a new house. Hopefully this won't take too long and I will be back online as soon as possible. I can be contacted at my usual email address.

27 April Update. Now have a home but experiencing serious problems with the PC - only works for 3 minutes then dies! Please email with any queries. Will do my best to sort - apologies to those who made contact over the last few months- your entries were done in haste!

I'm sure that you will have greatly enjoyed Dave Lichtenstein's Siku Kuu letter, which as usual provided a wealth of news. Dave has an amazing reservoir of information on the old school and its alumni and as we enter our 21st year I would like to acknowledge all his work and assistance with the compilation of the page- it would not be the same without his input.

Want to Assist the School?

Over the years I have been approached by a number of old boys wanting to contribute in some way to the betterment of the school (many of them having visited it and seen the sorry state of the buildings and facilities). I was therefore pleased to receive confirmation earlier in the year from John O’Grady (a fellow Grogan alumnus) that he and a group of old boys had set up a UK registered charitable trust known as the Optimum Kenya Trust. In addition a Kenya branch, the Msaada Trust, followed a few months later.

The aims of these trusts is to award annual performance-based bursaries (each to the value of KS 100,000) to high-performing but financially needy pupils and also to fund much-needed infrastructure improvements such as re-creating the golf course, re-opening the swimming pool and refurbishing kitchens and science labs. The possibility of awarding scholarships to university may follow.

 Of critical importance also are security and accountability and both sets of trustees have done their utmost to ensure that as  close to 100 per cent of the monies raised will go to the school and the beneficiaries who most need it. Old boys of the calibre of Richard Leakey (Msaada Trust Patron) and recently retired High Court judge Jonny Havelock, with further oversight by law firm Kaplan and Stratton, are well equipped to undertake this task.

 A tremendous amount of work and time (including a visit to Kenya by two of the OKT trustees from the UK) has been put into this enterprise and congratulations are very much in order. Furthermore, results are in evidence: the first 5 bursaries have already been awarded to deserving students. Having a very active Laibon Society has done much to assist this initiative.

OKT has set up an excellent website at www.optimumkenyatrust.org and if you would like to assist the school in any way I encourage you to visit it.

  • My email address is hillier@ANTISPAMiinet.net.au (see note above re. antispam)

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    Where are they now 1949 to 1962

    Where are they now? 1963 On

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    Under Construction This page is maintained by Andrew (Bill) Hillier.   It was  last up-dated on the 3rd January 2016

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