St. Vincent's High School

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St. Vincent's High School
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"To Dare and Do and Win"
Location
Pune, Maharastra, India
Information
Type Jesuit, private, all boys
Established 1867
Principal Fr. Andrew Fernandes, S.J
Faculty Edu-comp in every class (a projector), canteen, school grounds, stadiums.
Number of students 3500-4000
Campus Pune, Maharashtra, India
School color(s) Cream
Website
School playground
Satellite view of campus
Old campus

St. Vincent's High School is an English Medium School founded in 1867, located in the Indian city of Pune and named after Vincent de Paul, a seventeenth-century saint[1] known for his love for the poor and the downtrodden. The school, which is recognized by the Government of Maharashtra, prepares pupils for the Secondary School Certificate Examination (Std. X) and for the Higher Secondary Certificate examination (Std. XII).

It is owned by the Poona Catholic Educational Association and managed by the Poona Jesuit School's Society,[2] which belong to the Christian Religious Minority group and therefore enjoys the rights and privileges guaranteed by Article 30 (I) of the Constitution of India. It is considered as one of the best schools in Pune.[3] The Society of Jesus, to which the Jesuit Fathers and Brothers belong, is a Christian Religious Order founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. Active in the field of education throughout the world since its origin, the Society runs nearly 100 high schools and over a dozen colleges in which young people of every social class, community and linguistic group, are educated through the medium of both English and the regional languages.

The origin[edit]

In 1865, a year after St. Xavier's Church was completed; the Society of St. Vincent de Paul under the presidency of an eminent lay catholic, T.C. Loughnan, set up a School Committee with Mr. Charles Cook as its chairman. At its meeting of 27 December, the Committee passed the following resolution that was forwarded to Bishop Steins. "That as the want of an additional English School for boys, this has been a long felt need by the inhabitants of Poona, an effort to establish such an institution be made without delay."

The Committee opened a subscription list for funds and the Cantonment authorities agreed to give for free a piece of land on the East Street. However, both the subscription and the piece of land were inadequate and so a year later on 15 December, the Committee proposed a new plan to the Bishop. The proposed St. Vincent de Paul's Boys School would be started by the Bishop with the collaboration of the Society which "resolved to guarantee to Your Lordship a monthly sum of Rs.100 with a proviso that should we be able to make up the balance of Rs.50 as originally promised, the same will be made good. We further bind ourselves to collect and make over to Your Lordship the sum of Rs.3123 already subscribed and to endeavour to continue making up the stipulated sum of Rs.8000." To this the Bishop agreed.

In March 1867, news arrived in Poona that Bishop Steins was being promoted and sent as Archbishop of Calcutta, and so the Poona Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society requested that it be allowed to name the upcoming school as "Bishop Steins Boys' School" in order to perpetuate, as they wrote "your name as a friend and Patron of Education which you have proved your self to be ever since your arrival in Bombay". The name of the school, however, was never changed and Mr. Charles Cook agreed to give up his own bungalow (at the site of the present school library) for the purpose of the school. It would be rented for Rs.50 per month.

On Friday, 5 April 1867, Mr. Cook shifted from his house to a new one and next day two priests arrived from Bombay to start the school: Joseph Brunner and John McDonnough. The school was started on Tuesday, 9 April, with just 5 pupils. The very next day, Fr. Brunner wrote to the Bishop: "Boys are coming every day, though they are not numerous till now. On Sunday last, St. Vincent's School Commission met and showed most zealously to give us any kind of help and encouragement, which in faith we are greatly in need of. The Rs.50 Your Reverend gave me are gone to the last farthing and I can defy all the filoux de Paris and de London to rob me of money..."

A month later, Fr. Brunner had more interesting details to give to the Bishop: "Alas, the days are so short here in St. Vincent's School and yet rather than complain we give thanks to God that however short they are - we have nearly fifty boys all well disposed and doing nicely. I received these poor Portuguese (Goan) boys, many of them without parents, or sons of butlers and cooks for One Rupee per month, which all paid most willingly in advance. For the others the fees are at Rs.4 for one chap (T. McDonough's) and Rs.3 for mine. But I am in need of an assistant teacher who be sent without delay.... My money nearly gone again, as I paid to Mme. St. Catherine (Superior of the Convent) a bill of Rs.66.4 for things she purchased for us. From St. Vincent's Society no cash has been received as yet, as they will be able to collect some only in about a months time, people being absent from Poona now. Besides our support, we should have furniture, cots, chairs, table, chest of drawers etc. I suppose you will hardly be able to send us many things. I hope we'll go on well and the school will be a success."[4]

Progress[edit]

Mr. Cook's bungalow was purchased in August 1867 for Rs.12,000. But the increase in the number of the students and the fact the "purchased spot is much exposed and infected by the poisoned air that arises from the outhouses in the rear of the Police Barracks", compelled Bishop Leo Meurin to apply to the Cantonment for a piece of land in the neighborhood of Liberty Cinema. The request was turned down and consequently a wing had to be added (ground floor of the old "Red Building"). Its inauguration on 10 January 1868 was reported by the Bombay Gazette in the following terms:- "The new school-room of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was blessed and declared open a few days ago. It is a spacious, elegant and substantial structure. Nothing appears to checkmate their progress. The word 'impossible' after the great Napoleon is not to be found in their vocabulary. Within a period of a few years convents, chapels, schools, etc.,were constructed certainly their energy was exemplary, for they fully demonstrated the saying of the great Prince of Painters - nothing is denied to well directed labour, and nothing can be attained without it." Naturally, the same year the Government recognized the school, and sanctioned Rs.936 as grand-in-aid.

In 1882, a top storey was added at the cost of Rs.14,000 and a year later Payne's Bungalow (near the present cycle-stand) was purchased for Rs.4000 and used for Jesuit Residence. The adjoining Meade's bungalow was bought and within a year Br. Joseph Heagele put up a new residence for the Fathers. The second floor was added in 1935-36).

In 1908, the school purchased Hanson's bungalow (parish hall compound) and in 1922 exchanged it for Lavina Hall or Luxa Bungalow, which the Bishop had earlier purchased from a Mr Laxman. This bungalow was turned into a boys' hostel and finally replaced by the Gulati Hall. In 1920 a porch was added to the Red Building and a wing towards the West. The work progressed fast and the Governor of Bombay, Sir George Lloyd, inaugurated the new wing on the feast of St. Vincent, 19 July 1921.

Two years later, the play-field beyond Maneck Nullah (dividing the city from the Cantonment) was acquired for Rs.22,000 and the nullah covered in the early sixties. Fr. Riklin constructed the imposing wing with the statue of the Patron Saint from 1933 to 1935, and 25 years later Father Schoch replaced the original Red Building with the present office block, library, laboratories and classrooms, completed in 1963 at the cost of Rs. 8,41,910. Soon after, the AV Room was furnished and the stadium built in time for the Centenary Celebration in 1967. In the year 1977, Fr. Edmund D'Souza extended the primary section by one floor. Fr. K. Misquitta constructed the second storey of the building in 1985. Extension of the stadium started in October 1999 and was completed in May 2000 by Fr. K. Misquitta.

Present[edit]

St. Vincent's High School imparts English-medium education from Std.I to Std.X. The St. Vincent's Junior college prepares students for the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination. The St Xaviers pre-primary schools prepares the minors to study English. Admissions are competitive and are awarded based on merit.

Achievements[edit]

An image of the Limca Book of Records record held by St. Vincent's High School.
  • St. Vincent's has a notable achievement of winning the PSAA's(Poona Schools Athletics Association) Annual Athletics Championship for 60 consecutive academic years as on February 6, 2007. This achievement was recorded as a national record in the Limca Book of Records.[5]

Principals[edit]

Year Principals
1867 Fr. Joseph Brunner, S.J
1872 Fr. Henry Depelchin, S.J
1873 Fr. Henry Schumacher, S.J
1879 Fr. George Weniger, S.J
1880 Fr. Ignatius Kunzler, S.J
1881 Fr. Jusoph Nuckle, S.J
1883 Fr. William Althoff, S.J
1886 Fr. Bernard Beider-Linden, S.J
1887 Fr. Ferdinand Hillenkamp, S.J
1889 Fr. Kilian Hahn, S.J
1890 Fr. Joseph Willy, S.J
1895 Fr. Julius Mayr, S.J
1903 Fr. Killian Hahn, S.J
1908 Fr. William Windhausen, S.J
1914 Fr. Francis X. Larbolette, S.J
1915 Fr. Ernest Hoogewerf, S.J
1915 Fr. Peter Alborghetti, S.J
1916 Fr. Thomas Baret (USA), S.J
1916 Fr. John Lauder, S.J
1918 Fr. Charles Ghezzi, S.J
1929 Fr. Maximillan Riklin, S.J
1950 Fr. Anton Rehm, S.J
1955 Fr. William Clement, S.J
1957 Fr. Rudolf Schoch, S.J
1966 Fr. Edmund D'Souza, S.J
1967 Fr. Romauld D'Souza S.J
1973 Fr. Rudolf Schoch, S.J
1977 Fr. Edmund D'Souza, S.J
1983 Fr. Kenneth Misquitta, S.J
1993 Fr. Bertie Rozario, S.J
1998 Fr. Kenneth Misquitta, S.J
2003 Fr. Mario Fernandes, S.J
Present Fr. Andrew Fernandes, S.J

Miscellania[edit]

  • Students from St. Vincent's are referred to as Vincentians.
  • St. Vincent's High School and Loyola High School (a sister-school of St. Vincents) have a rivalry in sports which is evident during the Riklin Cup matches played between the two schools.
  • St. Vincent's has a school anthem called Vincenti Dabitur.
  • The motto of St. Vincent's is "Dare, Do and Win".

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Meher Baba graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1911. [1]
  • Banoo Jehangir Coyaji was the first girl to pass the matriculate exam from St Vincent's, an all-boys school, in 1933. [2] [3]
  • Thomas Kailath, a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, the first Indian student to obtain a doctorate at MIT and a recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor and the Padma Bhushan, is an old boy of St. Vincents.
  • Ebrahim Alkazi theatre director and Padma Vibhushan[6]

NCC[edit]

NCC consists of Army, Navy and Airforce cadets, for students of 8th and 9th standard.

Scouts and RSP[edit]

Scouts and RSP are for students from 8th to 9th standard.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 18°30′45.9″N 73°52′30.0″E / 18.512750°N 73.875000°E / 18.512750; 73.875000