St. Mary’s College Kisubi

By | February 13, 2020

St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) is a private, boarding middle and high school located in Wakiso District in the Central Region of Uganda. Established in 1906, the school has a reputation as one of the most prestigious school in the country, owing to its excellent academic performance, highly selective admissions criteria, rich history and influential stream of alumni.

St. Mary’s School was founded by Reverend Raux Modeste of the White Fathers Congregation in 1906 and was named after its patroness, Saint Mary. Today, the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala owns St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK). At the beginning of 1899, the Catholic chiefs in the Buganda Kingdom, under the leadership of Chief Stanislas Mugwanya, raised the question of higher education for Catholic youths in the kingdom. Their request was laid for consideration by the August Assembly of the White Fathers’ General Chapter at Algiers in 1900. Out of those efforts, SMACK was founded.


The school is in Kisubi along the Kampala–Entebbe Road, approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi), by road, south of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city. This is approximately 14 kilometres (8.7 mi), by road, north of Entebbe International Airport, the main civilian and military airport in Uganda. The coordinates of the college are 0°07’17.0″N, 32°32’00.0″E (Latitude:0.121389; Longitude:32.533333).