At St. High School Patrick, classes begin at 4:30 am and end at 10 pm. Students are taught how to be good, disciplined, and then become good athletes.
Kenya is a country famous for athletics, with great success at medium and long distance runs. Private High School Patrick in western Kenya was called by the world press with a very special name “The House of Champions”, for producing so many world champions.
One of the names mentioned first is David Rudisha (31 years old) nicknamed “the king” at the 800m running track, when 2 consecutive gold medals in this content at the 2012 London Olympics, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics In addition, Rudisha also won two gold medals at a distance of 800m in the 2011 and 2015 World Championships and many impressive victories in other international tournaments.
Before Rudisha, St. High School Patrick also provides many famous athletes, honoring Kenya in the World and Olympic Athletics Championships such as Matthew Birir, Michael Boit, Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Wilson Kipketer, Peter Rono, Ibrahim Hussein, Wilson Boit Kipketer, Cornelius Chirchir, etc.
The BBC (UK) on December 28 has conducted a seminar on this famous school. According to the BBC’s report, St. Patrick became the home of 1,210 adolescent boys across Kenya, about 350km northwest of Nairobi.
Classes start at 4:30 am and end at 10 pm. During this time, students are required to concentrate on their studies and only have about 15 minutes of breaks, with 3 meals and one and a half hours of sports or relaxation.
The campus of the school is planted with lots of trees. Interestingly, all of these trees are planted by the “celebrities” of the school themselves, next to each tree will have signs clearly stating their names and outstanding achievements. This is to encourage and motivate students to strive to succeed as “ancestors”.
Though considered a cradle for athletic talent in Kenya, St. Patrick always determined their most important goal was to train good people, then good athletes.
Colm O’Connell is considered to be the “godfather” of Kenyan athletics, now one of the teaching teachers at St. Patrick. “Here we are not trying to train better athletes, we are just trying to produce better people,” O’Connell said.