Milton High School

Selborne Avenue, Bulawayo

School name - Sir William Milton

Milton School started life on the 25th July 1910, named after Sir William Milton, however the buildings situated on Borrow Street Bulawayo, are now home to Milton Junior School. Milton and Eveline  first state-maintained high schools in Rhodesia. Milton and Eveline were officially opened on the same day by Sir William Milton, his wife Lady Eveline, Sir Charles Coghlan and the Mayor and Town Council.


Sir William Henry Milton (3 December 1854 – 6 March 1930) was the 3rd Administrator of Mashonaland, played rugby for England and was South Africa's second cricket captain.

Born in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England. Milton played rugby for England in 1874 and 1875.

Milton emigrated to South Africa, arriving in Cape Town in 1878. By the late 1870s, rugby football was very much battling to survive against Winchester College football. Milton joined Villagers club and preached the cause of rugby, by the end of that year the football playing fraternity of Cape Town had all but abandoned the Winchester game in favour of rugby. He had three sons, Cecil and John, both of whom would play rugby for England, and Noel, who played for Oxford University.

He made his Test cricket debut in their first game of all, at Port Elizabeth in 1888/89. He was made captain for the second Test at Cape Town, replacing Owen Dunell, and made his third and final appearance (again at Cape Town) in 1891/92. He played three other first-class games: two for Western Province and one for Cape Town Clubs.

Milton then moved to Mashonaland and under the influence of his friend Cecil John Rhodes was Mashonaland's 3rd Administrator from 24 July 1897 to 24 January 1901.

In 1901 it was decided to combine the administration of Mashonaland and Matabeleland that had been separated 3 years before and Milton then became the Administrator of the whole of Southern Rhodesia. He retired in 1914 at the age of 60. In 1922, the biggest school in Bulawayo at the time was renamed Milton High School in his honour.

He died in Cannes, France at the age of 75.