Thornhill High School

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Thornhill High School opened on the air force base in Gwelo, Rhodesia (now Gweru, Zimbabwe) in January 1955. In January 1958, the school moved to its present site in Gweru.

Gweru City in Midlands, Zimbabwe

Gweru is a city in central Zimbabwe. Located near the geographical centre of the country, it is the capital of Midlands Province. Originally an area known to the indigenous Ndebele as "The Steep Place" because of the Gweru River's high banks, in 1894 it became the site of a military outpost established by Leander Starr Jameson. In 1914 it attained municipal status, and in 1971 it became a city.

Zimbabwe Republic in southern Africa

Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare and the second largest being Bulawayo. A country of roughly 14 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used.

The first Headmaster was Phil Todd who retired in 1961. He was followed by Geoff Lambert, John Eadie, John Drinkwater and Noel Gocha. The school has both boarders and day pupils. The boarding hostels are Cranwell House and Halton House. The school motto Per Spinas Ad Culmina (Through the thorns to the hilltop) was composed by Frank Taylor, based on the air force motto Per Ardua Ad Astra (Through effort to the stars).

The school has had a pass rate of over 70% every year. The school also offers sport, including hockey, cricket, soccer, volleyball, netball and rugby.

Coordinates: 19°25′57″S29°49′24″E / 19.4325°S 29.8234°E / -19.4325; 29.8234

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