Old Boys Association of Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Anambra State, has set up a N500 million endowment fund for the development of the school.
The endowment fund is expected to be raised within five years.
President-General of the Association, Engineer Gibson Okeke disclosed this in a press briefing at the school’s auditorium to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the institution.
Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, was founded by the Church Missionary Society in 1925 in memory of Archdeacon T.J. Dennis, one of the early missionaries who remarkably achieved the feat of translating the English Bible into Igbo language.
Briefing the press, Okeke said, “DMGS is the oldest secondary school in Igbo land and has built a solid reputation over the years based on high standards of teaching and discipline, clearly shown by the products of the school living true to her motto lux fiat (show the light).
He said “the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) destroyed many buildings in the school; and as a result, many students became day students post-war and the level of discipline dropped.
“The takeover of schools by the State Government after the civil war further compromised the traditions and standards established in DMGS.”
He maintained that the old students of the school had been the “bulwark in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of DMGS, explaining that, “by the Golden Jubilee celebration of the school in1975, the red brick school block had been fully rehabilitated.
“In the 1980s, the Eric Clark Library was built by the old boys. More recently, the “2000 and beyond” school block also built by the old boys is near completion.
“Currently, a gigantic hostel block singlehandedly funded by an illustrious old boy in the person of Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi is almost ready for commissioning.”
He maintained that “A block of flats for staff residence sponsored by Anambra State Government is already in use.
“With the recent handover of schools to the mission by the State Government and the laudable efforts of the school management board, the school is now fully boarding and repositioned to move steadily to her pride of place at the very top”, Okeke stated.

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