St. Patrick's High School, Karachi

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St Patrick's High School is a Catholic primary and secondary school located in Saddar Town, Sindh, Karachi, Pakistan. Founded by the Jesuits in 1861, the school is the second-oldest school in Karachi.[1] Since 1950, it has been run by the diocesan clergy of the Archdiocese of Karachi.[1]

St Patrick's High School
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Location


Pakistan
Coordinates24°51′48″N 67°02′03″E / 24.8633°N 67.0342°E / 24.8633; 67.0342Coordinates: 24°51′48″N 67°02′03″E / 24.8633°N 67.0342°E / 24.8633; 67.0342
Information
MottoLatin: Per Aspera Ad Astra
(Through hardships to the stars)
Religious affiliation(s)Catholicism
Established16 January 1861 (160 years ago) (1861-01-16)
Founder
Oversight
PrincipalMr. Anthony F D'Silva
Staff350
GenderCo-educational
Age4 to 18
Enrollment5,500 (2011)
Websitestpats.edu.pk

For the last 150 years, the school has produced well-known leaders and public figures, including two Presidents and two Prime Ministers of Pakistan, two Chief Ministers of Sindh, one deputy prime minister (of India) two Cardinals of the Catholic Church, and several Mayors of Karachi.[2][3]

The school is owned by the Roman Catholic Church and managed by the Catholic Board of Education in Pakistan.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

 
Students and teachers of the Teachers' Training College, 1956

The school was established on 6 May 1861, began with just three students, and officially registered as a high school in 1867. Its founder was Reverend Joseph A. Willy of the Society of Jesus (the "Jesuits"), who controlled the school till June 1935. It was then taken over by the Franciscan order until 6 October 1950. Since 1950, it has had Pakistani principals belonging to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi.[2]

Fr Stephen Raymond, a diocesan priest, became the first Pakistani principal of his alma mater in 1950. The era of Fr Raymond as principal from 1950 to 1974 is referred by many old students as the "golden era" of St Patrick's. Fr Raymond is credited with constructing the Cambridge Building (1950), St Patrick's College (1952), the Teachers' Training College (1959), the first School Auditorium (1972). The school celebrated its centenary in 1962 with the President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan as the Chief Guest.[4]

St Patrick's High School was one of the few private educational institutes that escaped nationalization in 1972.[3]

On 6 May 2011, the former students of the school instituted the Father Stephen Raymond Gold Medal to be awarded to the top student from the Commerce Section, as part of the 150th anniversary of the school.[5]

Former principalsEdit

  • Fr. Joseph Willy SJ 1861-65[2][1]
  • Fr. Basilius Haefly SJ 1865-1867
  • Fr. Anselm Leiter SJ 1867-68
  • Fr. Nicolas Pagani SJ 1868-72
  • Fr. George Bridges SJ 1872-74
  • Fr. Joseph Nueckel SJ 1874-76
  • Fr. Francis Belz SJ 1876-87
  • Fr. A. Bruder SJ 1887-94
  • Fr. H. Jurgens SJ 1894-97
  • Fr. A. Martins SJ 1897-1901
  • Fr. C. Flick SJ 1901-04
  • Fr. J. Meyer SJ 1904-09
  • Fr. S. Boswin SJ 1909-21
  • Fr. Hoogewerf SJ 1921-26
  • Fr. Vincent Gimenez SJ 1926-35
  • Fr. Achilles Meersman OFM 1935–38[6]
  • Fr. Hermes Kersten OFM 1938-1939
  • Fr. Modestine Pöttgens OFM 1939-1948
  • Fr. Achilles Meersman OFM 1948-50
  • Stephen Raymond -1950-1975[4]
  • Anthony Theodore Lobo – principal 1975–1993
  • Oswin Mascarenhas - 1993 to 2000
  • Joseph Paul – principal 2000–2009
  • Lawerence Manuel FSC 2016-17
  • Sister Margaret Madden 2017-2020

Commermorative stampEdit

 
Postage Stamp for St. Patrick's High School, #WPWP

To commemorate the 150 years of the school, Pakistan Post office issued a special postage stamp in the year 2011.[7]

Notable teachersEdit

Notable alumniEdit

PoliticiansEdit

Academics and researchersEdit

MilitaryEdit

SportsmenEdit

Hockey
Cricket

JudiciaryEdit

Civil serviceEdit

  • Irfan Husain - newspaper columnist and former civil servant.

ClergyEdit

BusinessmenEdit

  • Omar Janjua - CEO Taco Bueno, USA[23]

EducationistsEdit

  • Father Stephen Raymond
  • Dr Asif Farrukhi – writer, editor, translator, and a physician by training; Interim Dean & Associate Professor School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Habib University

OtherEdit

  • Khadim Hussain Baloch, cricket observer, author, and memorabilia collector[24]
  • O. B. Nazareth
  • Ishaq Ibrahim

Photo galleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Ali, G. and Ali, M. St. Patrick’s: A journey of 175 years. Archdiocese of Karachi, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Haris Masood Zuberi (6 May 2011). "Through hardships to the stars: St. Patrick's High School turns 150 years old today". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h ST. PATRICK'S SCHOOL CELEBRATES 130 YEARS OF EDUCATION IN KARACHI Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) website, Published 10 April 1991, Retrieved 11 April 2020
  4. ^ a b "147 years of St Patrick's High School". Randomthoughts.pk. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b Syed Osman Naeem - Development Technology Professionals. "TOPS give-away GOLD Medals to 28 'Top Students' at Glittering 150 Years Closing Ceremony". Theoldpatricians.org. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  6. ^ Diehl, Katharine Smith (August 1978). "Review: Catholic Religious Orders in South Asia (1500–1835)". The Journal of Asian Studies. Association for Asian Studies. pp. 699–711. JSTOR 2054372.
  7. ^ "Pakistan Post Office Department". pakpost.gov.pk. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Mini Kapoor (5 June 2005). "St Patrick's opens arms for its old boy". The Indian Express (newspaper). Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  9. ^ a b Adil Ahmad (21 August 2008). "PROFILE of John Permal: Fastest Man In Pakistan". Dawn (newspaper). Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Ardeshir Cowasjee (30 April 2011). "Service to God and Country". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Honouring the distinguished: President approves national civil awards". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 13 August 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  12. ^ Educationist: With a heart of gold Dawn (newspaper), Published 16 October 2011, Retrieved 12 April 2020
  13. ^ Flashback: Remains of the day Dawn (newspaper), Published 25 November 2012, Retrieved 12 April 2020
  14. ^ a b c Sarwar, Beena (5 June 2005). "Time has not changed Advani's alma mater". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  15. ^ a b c d e f Wahid Zia. "Welcome to Pakistan Philatelic Net Club". Paknetmag.com website. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  16. ^ a b c d Generals and politicians of last 150 years Dawn (newspaper), Published 8 May 2011, Retrieved 12 April 2020
  17. ^ a b c "Hockey Ground of St. Patrick's High School". Randomthoughts.pk website. 23 May 2010. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  18. ^ a b "Kaneria ready to take flight". ESPN Cricinfo website. 13 April 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  19. ^ Ardeshir Cowasjee (7 November 1999). "Jinnah's Pakistan". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  20. ^ Profile of Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo Catholic-hierarchy.org website, Published 21 January 2015, Retrieved 12 April 2020
  21. ^ "Pakistan's King of Masalas spins his own magic". The News International (newspaper). 27 April 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  22. ^ "ST Patrick's School Alumni". Official School Website. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  23. ^ Korri Kezar (30 March 2018). "Taco Bueno names CEO with 35 years of quick service experience". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  24. ^ Khadim Hussain Baloch - one of a kind Cricket World website, Published 13 September 2019, Retrieved 12 April 2020

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