ISK Through The Years

Celebrating ISK @ 45!

The unique and colorful history of ISK extends back to 1967 when Nancy Ellen Crooks founded the US Community School in a house near the Nairobi Hospital. Well known for her passion for education, Mrs. Crooks became the first principal and was dedicated to meeting the educational needs of expatriate and Kenyan children in Nairobi.;xNLx; ;xNLx;In 1970, the United States International University (USIU) bought the school and moved it to our current location, a coffee plantation at the end of Peponi Road. Grades were expanded from 4th grade to 12th grade and even college courses were offered. The move also came with a name change - the American Community School was renamed Nairobi International School.;xNLx; ;xNLx; The genesis of the International School of Kenya dates back to June of 1975 when the school community proposed to purchase the Nairobi International School (NIS) from United States International University ( USIU). A committee was formed under the auspices of the United States Embassy and Canadian High Commission to investigate this possibility and the International School of Kenya (ISK) was officially established on May 3, 1976. ISK took over NIS facilities on July 1,1976, and classes commenced for the first time as the International School of Kenya in August of 1976.;xNLx; ;xNLx;ISK is not merely a story of buildings and inanimate objects. It is a story of people, a story of thousands of students who have passed through ISK’s corridors, left their mark, and gone on to achieve their goals around the world. It is a story of dedicated teachers, administrators, parents and board members who have given their time and energy to make ISK what it is today.;xNLx;

1976-06-01 00:00:00

Director: Mr. Everett McGlothlin

In his first year as ISK Director, Mr. Everett McGlothlin was quoted as saying: " Overall the 1976/77 school year was successful. It was gratifying to see members of the student body, faculty, community and Board of Directors taking an active interest in the affairs of the school."

1976-07-01 00:00:00

New name, New Era: NIS becomes ISK

The International School of Kenya came into existence on July 1, 1976 as successor to the Nairobi International School whose facilities it purchased. The school was originally established in 1966 as the US Community School and from 1969 until 1976 operated as the Nairobi International School under the auspices of the US international University of San Diego which maintained a Nairobi campus.

1976-08-01 00:00:00

Enrollment: 485 Students

Enrollment: 485 Students

1976-09-01 00:00:00 since the beginning

Havelock has been at ISK since 1969. He has seen the name change from The American Community School, to Nairobi International School, and to The International School of Kenya.

1976-10-01 00:00:00

First IC Trip

Students on the first ISK Inter-Cultural trips travel to Maasai Land, Mt. Kenya, Mombasa and Tsavo

1976-10-01 00:00:00

ISK's rivalry with RVA

ISK's rivalry with RVA dates back to the early 70's during NIS days! The Mighty Lions fought for the honor of being called the Mighty Lions of Nairobi! The rivalry continues tip today

1977-01-01 00:00:00

Lions 'Roar- ISK's first newspaper

Lions's Roar started off as a journalism class project and developed into the school's newspaper. The Lions' Roar was the first school newspaper to be seen at ISK.

1977-01-01 00:00:00

A look at ISK's first sports uniform

High Schoolers showing off the variety of sports available at ISK: boxing, baseball, basketball,tennis, soccer and hockey.

1977-05-03 00:00:00

Festo...everyone's favorite bus driver

Students in the 70/80s enjoyed being driven by their favourite bus driver, Mr. Festo. He was known for being kind and sharing jokes with students on the bus rides home.

1977-05-03 00:00:00

ISK's First Graduating Class

The International School of Kenya’s first graduation ceremony honors 36 graduates in May 1977

ISK Through The Years

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