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 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
Those of you who remember Doug Willis (1969 Eliot) will be sad to hear that he passed away earlier this year. Our thoughts are with his widow Fiona, who has sent an obituary, which you can read under Doug's in the "Where Are They Now" section.
Another old boy, Mike Hughes (Kirk 1958), has also passed on. His brother Dave has sent me a touching tribute to Mike and you can read it under a new entry in WATN (it is the first entry in the 1958 section).
Barbara Reid, wife of Ian (housemaster of Grogan for several years) passed away in March 2012. See the Reid's entry under "staff".
22 Feb 2013. John Musgrove informs us that Barry White, a founder member of the school, passed away in Vancouver in January. Please see Barry's entry in Where Are They Now.
Trevor Owen-Thomas travelled to the UK from his home in Shangai to undergo a routine stent insertion in his heart but unfortunately did not survive the operation. Condolences to his immediate family and the whole Owen-Thomas clan.
Former students of the Mombasa European Primary School will be glad to hear that a new web site has been set up by Tony Chetham, (ex POW) with assistance from Shaun Metcalfe (ex DOY). The address is www.mepsoldboys.com. Although still under development it promises to be a great resource.
Ronnie Andrews has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the school and also was elected as the Chairman of the Old Boys' Association. Congratulations, Ronnie - your strong record of support for the school in the past, together with your business acumen, will be very valuable assets and we wish you all the best in your endeavours to re-invigorate the Association. Other office bearers include: Vice Chairman Gichane Muraguri, Sec: Aj Adholla, Treasurer: Johnstone Gikandi.
There is now a Laibon Facebook page. On a general note, the page "Kenyan Friends Reunited" has been up on Facebook for a while and has a huge number of members.
I was reminded by Robin Crosher of Malcolm McCrow's excellent web page which has a section (with lots of photos) on the Duke of York.
Older Items of Interest to Newcomers to the Site:
The OY reunion at Taunton in UK was held in July 2010 and by all accounts was a great success. Congratulations to John Tucker and Ken Doig and many thanks for all the hard work you guys put in. Paul Tanner-Tremaine kindly emailed me details of how to access some online photos. Paste the following address into your browser:
He also sent me another web address where we can access some general photos of the school:
My email address is hillier@ANTISPAMiinet.net.au (see note above re. antispam)
This page is maintained by Andrew (Bill) Hillier. It was last up-dated on 9th May 2013
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