IST Opened in 1963

The concept for IST began taking shape in 1961 as the result of an increased international outlook and an influx of international staff and their families in Dar es Salaam following Tanganyika's (later to join with Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania) independence. In 1962, a few parents began exploring the possibility of setting up an international school in Dar es Salaam. This group of parents, together with the assistance of the then Geneva-based International Schools Association, found IST in 1963.

When IST opened its doors on what was then called Cameron Road (now United Nations Road) in September of that year, it had 214 elementary-aged pupils, nine full-time and one part-time teacher, mostly recruited from within Tanzania. At the time, it was also the first international school in this half of Africa. By the end of the year, the school community had grown to 305 pupils and 15 full-time teachers.


Pictured above, standing, is Dr. Michael Latham, IST's first Board Chair and one of the school’s founders, addressing the audience at IST's opening ceremony, September 20, 1963. To his left is Mr. Desmond Cole-Baker of the International School of Geneva who acted as a visiting consultant during IST's early years.


Expansion: The Building of the Secondary Campus

In 1978, the school made the move to expand to an Upper School, opening with a single block of classrooms and in June 1980, the first IST students sat for a mathematics GCSE exam.

Pictured above, Secondary Campus students planting trees on their new site on the Msasani Peninsula (October 1978).

Continued Construction of Secondary Campus: 1980's

The International Baccalaureate program was introduced in 1983, and has since become the main diploma program at IST. Following years of construction, the secondary campus on the Msasani Peninsula was officially opened on August 30, 1986.

Opening of Faculty Housing: Twiga Apartments

The first two blocks of Twiga Apartments were opened in 2010 with the final block (Block C) opening in 2012. Twiga Apartments, with a play area in the centre courtyard, are ideal for families with young children. The apartments are located off campus, in the Masaki area of Dar es Salaam.

Opening of Faculty Housing on Elementary Campus: 2015

The Sportsman Complex was completed in July 2015 and includes several systems installed with the environment in mind. These include

  • biodigesters to break down the biodegradable sewage, producing biogas as a byproduct,
  • water handling systems for gray water,
  • construction designed to maximize the use of natural ventillation, and
  • solar powered water heaters.
Additional Covered Court on Elementary Campus: 2016

An additional covered court was completed in January 2016. The additional covered court provides space for PE classes and after school activities while the planned refurbishments to the PE Hall are underway. A climbing wall is a welcome feature of the new covered court.

Refurbished Elementary Multi-purpose Hall: 2016

The refurbished Elementary MPH includes an upgraded audio/visual system, improved stage for performing arts and exceptional space for sports and athletics. The facility opened in December 2016.

New Secondary D and E Block: 2017

The new Secondary D and E Blocks provide for common and collaborative learning areas as well as tech centres and upgraded fine arts classrooms.

The International School of Tanganyika is proud to be accredited by / a member of these respected organisations:

Child protection is extremely important. IST’s Child Protection Policy (Section 7.15 >>) together with procedures to verify the previous employment for new job applicants is part of our commitment to ensure all members of the IST community are informed and educated regarding symptoms of child abuse for the protection of all of our students.