Dr Harbhajan Singh Gill

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Chief Principal from 1994 – 2020

Dr Harbhajan Singh Gill passed away on Thursday September 17, 2020 while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Nairobi. At the time of his death, he was the Chief Principal at SCLP Samaj School & College in Nairobi. He has held this position since the establishment of the school in 1994.

Born in 1939, Dr H. S. Gill was one of the leading educationists in the country with a career spanning over 58 years. He has served as Head Teacher, Principal and Chief Principal for 42 years. He was the head of the following schools during his years of service: Guru Nanak Secondary School (1962), Meru Asian (1962 – 1965), Kitui High School (1965 – 1978), Jomo Kenyatta High School (1978 – 1994) and SCLP Samaj School & College (1994- 2020).

Among many of his former students are prominent personalities such as the former Vice President De. Kalonzo Musyoka, former Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga and the former Archbishop of the Anglican Church Rev. Dr. Benjamin Nzimbi. During his long and illustrious career, Dr. Gill was feted by leading organizations for his exemplary devotion to humanitarian services. The organizations that organized this work and feted him include: International Association of Lions Clubs (LCI), Universal Peace Federation (UPF), The United Graduate College & Seminary; USA, the Kenya Year Book 2013/2014 and SCLP Samaj Community (2019) for a life time Achievement Award – where he served as Chief Principal since its inception in 1994. Under his leadership, the school underwent tremendous growth with the student population rising from 27 in 1994 to over 3000 in 2020.



We pay tribute to an exceptional father, friend, educationist and mentor who served the school with insight, focus, love and dedication to the very last breath of his life. He was a great visionary leader who transformed the school from its humble origins in 1994 to a giant academic centre of excellence.

What we witness today is the sacrifice, hard work and deliberate effort of a guru who carefully chose and led a team of like-minded people in moulding the success of his students.

(Mr Bhimji R. Halai: Chairman – SCLP Samaj, Nairobi)


The most difficult task for anyone is to give a tribute to one of the greatest educationists of our time. Dr. H. S. Gill will be remembered as a very polished and focused school leader of his generation.

In a span of twenty-six years, he presided over the transformation of our institution to a modern and world class E-learning centre with a global reputation for top results in academics and co-curricular activities. His dedication, kindness, love for learners, steadfastness in achieving desired goals and spirited belief that every student has a window of opportunity to be successful has challenged and inspired all.

(Mrs. Varsha D. Bhuva: Chairpersoan – Board of Governors – SCLP Samaj School and College)

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  1. Shailenne
    Shailenne says:

    Very sad to hear about his passing. Condolences to his family and friends. He was my principle from 1994 to 1998 at SCLP. RIP


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