A private Jesuit boys high school in Harare, Zimbabwe, has for the first time in its 124-year history, enrolled girls.
The Catholic school, founded in 1896 was an all boys institution and the historical move has been welcomed.
According to the school board, having female students will add balance to the college and also serve as a foundation in preparing boys for university.
In a statement the college said that it was an extraordinary day for the college and a 'symbol' of taking history forward.
"Our Lower 6 ladies for 2020 have finally arrived for the first time in 124 years," it said. The first 31 ladies have been selected with the intention of doubling that number in 2021. The statement added: "Multiple factors led to the college making the decision to take this bold step forward. Firstly, Jesuits Worldwide are beginning to include the “excluded”, being the ladies within schools.
Secondly, we would like to assist our gents in preparing them for university, by allowing them to interact and work alongside the ladies. Lastly, the addition of ladies has enabled all our subjects to reach their full capacity."
St George's becomes the second boys school in Zimbabwe to enrol girls after Falcon College in Bulawayo.
St George's 124 year history
First established in Bulawayo, St George's moved to Salisbury, now Harare, in 1927, because the current site allowed greater room for expansion.
The college was ranked 5th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003. It was also ranked as one of the top 10 High Schools in Zimbabwe in 2014.
The college has over 700 pupils from form 1 (Year 8) to Upper Six (Year 13), including a boarding school of over 100 pupils. Over the years, thirty-eight of its alumni have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships.