By Mayimuna Nabagereka
Reverend Henry Walter Weatherhead was a Church Missionary who established King’s College Budo, one of the first centres of higher learning in Uganda. He became the first headmaster of King’s College Buddo.Weatherhead served as headmaster for the first six years. The Budo community soon gave him an affectionate new name, ‘Sabaganzi’ (‘the much-loved One’).The school was officially opened on 29 March 1906 with 21 boys. It is one of the oldest schools in Africa.It was initially set up as a school to educate the sons of chiefs, but gradually it started admitting Ugandans from all walks of life and from all over the country, without regard to ethnicity, religion or background. In 1933, the first 6 girls were admitted thereby making it the first co-education great school in the country.The first Ugandan in the school was Tumushabe Carlos. Bishop Tucker financed the whole project with an estimated ₤20000.00 from his diocese.
During a CMS Conference in 1904 in Kampala, Weatherhead successfully proposed the setting up of the school, alongside the establishment of a separate theological college (which came to be known as Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono, and has since evolved into the Uganda Christian University).
After much preparatory groundwork and the support of the Buganda Prime Minister, Apolo Kaggwa, the school was officially opened on 29 March 1906.