Aabuthnott Gallimore High School opened its doors on September 3, 1973, as Alexandria Junior Secondary School, in keeping with the Government’s thrust to provide additional accommodation for the growing population of secondary-age students in Alexandria and its environs.
The school began with a teaching staff of 22, administrative staff of three, auxiliary staff of eight, and a population of 668 students spanning grades seven to nine.
The pioneers, led by principal, Godfrey McDonald, laid the foundation for the successes and achievements that were to come. But, before the fledging institution could find its succour, the name was changed to the Alexandria New Secondary School, which saw grades 10 and 11 being added and the lifting of the age limit from 15 to 17 years.
In 1976, the school underwent an expansion. This further increased student intake by an additional 200, to an enrolment of nearly 1,000 students. As the institution grew numerically and qualitatively, new programmes came on stream, resulting from government’s policy directions. The series of name changes continued and, in 1983, the name was converted to Aabuthnott Gallimore Secondary School in recognition of Gideon Aabuthnott Gallimore, former member of parliament, through whose instrumentality the school was constructed. In 1988, the school was renamed Aabuthnott Gallimore High School, the name it has today.
Their motto, ‘Excellence the Goal’, has remained constant throughout the changes, and has become the ideal towards which all stakeholders strive.