Our School’s 50th Anniversary!
Marist Brothers Secondary School: A Brief History – The beginning
Marist Brothers Secondary School Dete was opened in 1972, as a transfer from St. Mary’s Secondary School in Lukosi, Hwange. St Mary’s Secondary School had been an old Catholic School run by the Catholic priests (Fathers) of the Hwange Diocese. In around 1967, the Bishop Of Hwange invited the Marist Brothers to come and take over and run St. Mary’s Secondary School in Lukosi. From about 1968/9 there were Marist Brothers at St. Mary’s, but the school was still run by the Fathers (Catholic Priests). The school transferred to the current Chezhou area in Dett (now called Dete) in 1972. At opening in 1972, there were two classes, Forms Three and Form Four. Form One and Form Two classes remained at St. Mary’s and only joined the current Marist site in 1973. Brother Evaristo Utete was the first headmaster, and the teachers then included Mr Jacob Mudenda (now a lawyer), and Alfred Mlambo. The first Marist graduates sat for their ‘Cambridge School Certificate’ exams (Form Four) in 1972. The pass rates at the time were very high (almost 100%) due to the stringent screening that was in existence from Primary and at Form 2 level.
Some names from the 1970s classes: The early days!
- Felix Fandroy Moyo
- Herbert Nkala
- Augustine Khoza
- Chenjerai Hove
- Godfrey Chipare
- Marko Rumhuma
- Philip Valerio Sibanda
- Robert Christopher Ndlovu
A very big thank you to these early-day Maristians who cleared the path for the rest of us.
Please help us improve or add to this article. We are particularly interested in more names from the 1970s
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A minor correction. Alois mambo never taught at Marist Brothers. His elder brother Alfred Mlambo is the one who taught with Jacob Mudenda. Prof. Alois Mlambo
Thank you for the information Sir. We have made the correction.
Dear Prof Mlambo,
Wonderful clarification. Alfred Mlambo taught me Latin and English in 1971 at St. Mary’s and later moved to Marist Brothers, Dete in 1972.
Where is he? I would like to communicate with him.
The old school is 40 years old and I am proud to have been there when it started. My own daughter Constance Ntombiyakwethu Khoza also went through Marist, Dete. I hope she joins. I will encourage her to. She lives in the UK now.
I see you are still alive and kicking. Alfred Mlambo also taught me mathematics and science. I am just concerned that if you say the school is 40 years old, then I am no longer that young!!
even though i did not attend your famous school, i have heard fascinating stories about how Form 3 and 4 would wake up at 4am “besiyamelela isinkwa esporweni” how true is that.My cousin brother also used to tell us about the ghost that were seen in the toilets