Ellis Robins School is a boys’ high school that was founded in Salisbury (Harare), Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1953. It is located in the suburb of Mabelreign in Harare. It caters for both boarders and day learners. Next door is Mabelreign Girls High School, the school’s sister school. The Ellis Robins school colours are yellow and blue. The badge has two dolphins facing each other, and the school motto is “Esse Quam Videri” which means “It’s Better To Be Than To Seem To Be”.
This motto comes from the family coat of arms of Sir Ellis Robins who was Chairman of the British South Africa Company.
There was a government proposal in 2003 to rename all schools in Zimbabwe and Ellis Robins was scheduled to be called Leopold Takawira Boys High but overwhelming parental disapproval ensured that the original name be maintained.
The school endeavors to provide all-round education to the learners. It provides academic, commercial, science and vocational-technical subjects to learners from Form 1 to Form 6. The learners sit for a final examination at Form 4 (Ordinary Level) and Form 6 (Advanced Level). To further develop the intellectual capacity and awareness of the learners, the school facilitates the running of several cultural clubs like Quiz and Debate. Sport forms an integral part of the curriculum though it is not examined. Rugby, Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Chess, Badminton and Athletics are offered at the school. The school teams have fared with variable success in different sporting competitions with both public and private schools within and without the country. To date, Ellis Robins School is the powerhouse of Table Tennis, having been so since the early ’90s.
On the whole, in all its programmes and undertakings, Ellis Robins aims at instilling or stimulating, motivating and extending in all its learners critical thinking, innovation, a sense of self discipline, teamwork, transparency, honesty, determination, excellence among many virtues. It aims at developing responsible national and global citizens.