Saint Gabriel's College
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|Saint Gabriel's College|
565 Samsen Rd., Dusit Bangkok,
|Type||Private Roman Catholic All-boys Basic (Grades 1-12) education institution|
|Motto||Labor omnia vincit (Latin)|
(Labor conquers all things)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Brother Martin de Tours|
|Director||Bro. Monthon Patumraj|
|Colour(s)||Blue and white|
|Grades||1–12 (Primary 1–6 and secondary 7–12)|
|Languages taught||Thai; English; French; Mandarin Chinese; Japanese|
The school educates students from grade 1 through grade 12 (K–12). Admission, especially in first grade, is highly competitive as only approximately 400 students per year are admitted. Total school enrollment is roughly 5,000 students. The school is known for its intensive English program.
In 1918, after the First World War ended, the demand for schools and education in Bangkok sharply increased. At that time, the Brothers of Saint Gabriel had established only one school in Bangkok, Assumption College. As a response to increasing demand, Brother Martin de Tours proposed opening a new school in Bangkok. He accepted a plot of land offered by Father Brozat of the nearby Saint Francis Xavier Church as the site for his vision.
Construction began in 1920, the chief engineer being Mr. Be'quelin. The main building was designed entirely by Brother Martin de Tours. The building, which cost approximately 100,000 Thai baht, was completed in February 1922. Due to the building being painted light red, it has since been referred to as "tuk-daeng" (Thai: ตึกแดง) ('the red building').
In 1920, while construction was still taking place, Brother Martin de Tours and his teaching staff began teaching temporarily at Mr. Berli's house. There were 141 students enrolled in the first year.
The symbol of Saint Gabriel's College is a coat of arms. The middle part is an escutcheon divided into four parts which are:
- A.M and white bouquet of tuberose: "A.M" means Ave Marie which means 'mother of Christ'. The white bouquet of tuberose represent a purity that all students of Saint Gabriel's aspire to.
- Boat and Polaris: the boat represents life's struggle. Polaris represents hope.
- DS and a cross: "DS" stands for Dieu Seul in French. The cross for the sacrifice of Jesus.
- The flower around the coat of arms is an ornament that reminds students to do good—for themselves and other.
Saint Gabriel's College has 12 buildings and one stadium:
- Martin De Tours (ตึกมาร์ติน เดอ ตูร์) or Tuk-Daeng (ตึกแดง ตึกอำนวยการ) was the first Saint Gabriel building, constructed in the age of Brother Martin De Tours. Tuk-Daeng since then has become the most significant emblem of the school. It can be seen first when entering the school. It was no longer used as a classroom for students, but it was used as the room of the chief manager and principal's office. Today, Tuk-Daeng is renovated and preserved as a memorial of the school.
- 90th Anniversary (ตึก 90 ปี) is a five storey building which was built for celebrating 90 years of Saint Gabriel's College.
- De Montfort (ตึกเดอ มงฟอร์ต) is a four storey building. On first and second floor are cafeterias for students, an auditorium and a library.
- John Mary (ตึกจอห์น แมรี่) is a dormitory for foreign teachers and staffs. This building also houses the roof top John Mary Center for the Performing Arts which was funded and conceptualized by noted philanthropist Devin DiCristofaro and constructed by architect John McLaughlin.
- Greg Gymnasium (ตึกเกรก ยิมเนเซี่ยม)is a five storey building which was constructed in 1971. It has a basketball court for primary 5 students
- Fatima (ตึกฟาติมา รศ 200) is a seven storey building which constructed in 1980. It was the building for primary 1 and 2.
- Hubert (ตึกฮิวเบิร์ต) Contains facilities such as a fitness center, swimming pool and car park.
- Andrew (ตึกแอนดรู) is a six storey building which was constructed in 2001. It was the building for secondary 1 and 2 students.
- Mae-Phra (ตึกแม่พระ) is a six storey building (including basement). It was constructed in 2007. Mae-Phra has a basketball court, swimming pool for secondary students, auditorium, and laboratory. It was the building for secondary 3–6 students.
- Annunciation (ตึกแม่พระรับสาส์น) is the newest building of Saint Gabriel's College. It was constructed in 2012. It was the building for primary 3 and 4 students.
- Martin De Tours Stadium (มาร์ติน เดอ ตูร์ สเตเดี้ยม) is the artificial turf football field with metal bleachers.
|Years in office||Name|
|1920–1926||Bro. Martin De Tours|
|1926–1932||Bro. Frederic Jean (1)|
|1932–1938||Bro. Hubert (1)|
|1938–1941||Bro. Frederic Jean (2)|
|1941–1944||Bro. Theophane Venard|
|1947–1953||Bro. Monfort Del Rosario (1)|
|1953–1955||Bro. John Mary|
|1955–1961||Bro. Hubert (2)|
|1961–1966||Bro. Monfort Del Rosario (2)|
|1966–1968||Bro. Alphonsus De Liquori|
|1968–1974||Bro. Pratheep Martin Komolmas|
|1975–1977||Bro. Fillip Amnuay Pinrat (1)|
|1977–1983||Bro. Meesak Wongprachanukul|
|1983–1985||Bro. Fillip Amnuay Pinrat (2)|
|1985–1991||Bro. Buncha Saenghirun|
|1991–1997||Bro. Arun Metthaseth|
|1997–2003||Bro. Wisit Sriwichairut|
|2003–2013||Bro. Anusak Nidhibhadrabhorn|
|2013–2018||Bro. Vinai Viriyavidhayavongs|
|2018–Present||Bro. Monthon Patumraj|
- M.R. Adulakit Kitiyakara (1930–2004), brother of Queen Sirikit, former President of the Supreme Court, former Privy Councillor
- Samak Sundaravej (1935–2009), former Prime Minister of Thailand
- Yuthasak Sasiprapha (born 1937), general, former Minister of Defence, former President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand
- Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya (born 1943), former Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household and former Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau
- Kosit Panpiemras (born 1943), executive chairman of Bangkok Bank, former Minister of Industry and Deputy Prime Minister
- Surayud Chulanont (born 1943), general, former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, former Prime Minister of Thailand
- Prawit Wongsuwan (born 1945), general, former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, former Minister of Defence, former Deputy Prime Minister
- Korn Dabbaransi (born 1945), former Deputy Prime Minister, former Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Public Health
- Supachai Panitchpakdi (born 1946), former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), former Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
- M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula (born 1947), former Governor of the Bank of Thailand, former Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister
- Rewat Buddhinan (born 1948), founder of the GMM Grammy
- Kobsak Sabhavasu (born 1949), former Deputy Prime Minister
- Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala (born 1951), former Minister of Finance
- Itthaporn Subhawong (born 1952), former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Air Force
- Udomdej Sitabutr (born 1955), former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army
- Suwat Liptapanlop (born 1955), former Deputy Prime Minister
- Pornchai Mongkhonvanit (born 1958), President of Siam University
- Apirat Kongsompong (born 1960), former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army
- Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (born 1985), CEO of King Power