St Patrick's High School, Karachi

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Saint Patrick's High School
Saddar Town
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan,
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Denomination Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi
Established 1867
Founded 16 May 1861
Founder Rev. J.A. Willy
Principal Dr Lawrence
Vice principal Fr. Nobert Mendonca

St Patrick's High School, is a Roman Catholic school located in Saddar Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The institution is the second school to be built in the city. For the last 150 years, the school has produced well known leaders and personalities; including a President and two Prime Ministers of Pakistan, two Chief Ministers of Sindh, two Cardinals of the Catholic Church, (The leader of the BJP party in India is also a Patrician) and mayors of Karachi.

The school is owned by The Roman Catholic Church and managed by the Catholic Board Of Education in Pakistan. The current Principal is Br. Lawrence.


Teachers' Training College

St. Patrick’s was established on May 6, 1861, and officially registered as a high school in 1867. Its founder was Rev. J.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 till 6 October 1950. Since 1950 it has had Pakistani principals belonging to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi.[1]

Stephen Raymond 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 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.[2]

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

To commemorate the 125 years of the School, the Pakistan Post Office issued a special stamp in 1987.[4]

On May 6, 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]

Notable teachers[edit]

School Staff 1956
Matric Section Staff 1998

Notable alumni[edit]


Academics and researchers[edit]

  • Prof. Adil Najam, International Relations, Environment and Diplomacy scholar[21]
  • Eng.Izhar Haider, Founder of Shiekh Khalifa Bin Zayed Arab Pakistani School, Abu Dhabi





  • G. M. Lobo, former High Court Judge[15]
  • Edward Raymond, former High Court Judge[15]
  • Herman Raymond, former High Court Judge[15]
  • lmdad Agha, High Court Judge[15]
  • Zahid Aslam, High Court Judge[15]
  • Justice Valliani, High Court Judge.[15]
  • Wajihuddin Ahmed, Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court[28]
  • Justice Ajmal Mian, former Chief Justice of Pakistan[16]

Civil service[edit]

  • Joseph D'MelIo, former Chairman of the Railway Board[15]





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  2. ^ "147 years of St. Patrick's High School". 
  3. ^ " March 3, 1998". 
  4. ^ "125 Years of St. Patrick\'s School". 
  5. ^ The Old Patricians website accessed 8 April 2012
  6. ^ a b Indian Express June 5, 2005
  7. ^ 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. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ Dawn August 21, 2008
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Dawn May 1, 2011
  10. ^ The Express Tribune, December 12, 2013
  11. ^ Tribune August 14, 2013
  12. ^ Dawn 16 October 2011
  13. ^ a b c d Sarwar, Beena (2005-06-05). "Time has not changed Advani's alma mater". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
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  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o 125 Years of St Patrick's High School Paknetmag 15 August 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j [1] Generals and politicians of last 150 years, Dawn, 5 May 2011
  17. ^ [2] Daily Times, 14 Feb 2011
  18. ^ a b June 5, 2005 The Indian Express
  19. ^ [3] Old Patricians Official Website - Class of 1991
  20. ^ All Pakistan Muslim League
  21. ^ [4] The Express Tribune, St. Patrick's High School Turns 150 Today, 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011
  22. ^ Fools and Infantrymen: One View of History 1923-1993, E.A.Vas, Kartikeya Publications, Meerut (UP)
  23. ^ The Christian Voice, Karachi, July 12, 1998
  24. ^ Dawn; 21 Aug 2008
  25. ^ The Christian Voice, Karachi, August 14, 2008
  26. ^ a b c Random Thoughts by Menin Rodrigues
  27. ^ a b [5] ESPN Cricinfo Apr 2005
  28. ^ "Dawn 7 November 1999". 
  29. ^ "The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church". Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  30. ^ "Prime Minister Junejo Heads Alumni Of 125-Year-Old St. Patrick's School". 
  31. ^ Catholic Hierarchy - Lobo
  32. ^ Pakistan’s King of Masalas spins his own magic April 27, 2008 The News
  33. ^ Institute of Business Administration website

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