Abbottabad Public School

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Abbottabad Public School
Pashto: ایبٹ آباد پبلک سکول
Urdu: ایبٹ آباد پبلک سکول
Abbottabad Public School logo.jpg
Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Coordinates 34°13′33″N 73°14′29″E / 34.2257°N 73.2415°E / 34.2257; 73.2415
Type Semi Government School
Motto "Character is Destiny" (English),
"Simiae sunt" (Latin)
Established 1961
Founder H. Catchpole
Faculty Science
Enrollment Over 120 enrollment per year
Number of students 550
Campus Liaqat House, Iqbal House, Jinnah House, Sir Syed House, Nishtar House, Sardar Bahadur House, Sultan Tipu House, Rehman House
Nickname APS

Abbottabad Public School (APS), formerly Railway Public School and Abbottabad Public School and College, is a public, all boys, boarding school for 7th to 12th grade students, located in Abbottabad, Pakistan.[1] APS follows the philosophy of the British boarding schools where academic rigour is balanced with a disciplined boarding life with activities ranging from intramural sports to debating and cultural events. Abbottabad Public School is located at an altitude of about 4500 feet.[2][3][4][5]


In 1957, Pakistan Railways opened up a school outside Abbottabad on official railway land 'donated' by Sardar Bahadur Khan,[citation needed] brother of General (self-proclaimed Field Marshal) Ayub Khan from Haripur, Hazara. who later became the President of Pakistan. The school was called Railway Public School. After two years it was closed and then after a gap of one year, in April 1961, the school was renamed as Abbottabad Public School.

In 1986, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the then President, renamed the institution as Abbottabad Public School. The school Board of Governors, in its meeting on July 20, 2002, deleted the words “and College” and gave the institute its original name Abbottabad Public School. It is popularly known as APS and its alumni as Abbottonians. Abbottabad Public School had the word "College" attached to it sometime in the 90's. The founding Principal was M. A. Rahman.

The main campus is 10 km outside Abbottabad on the road (Mansehra Road) that eventually becomes Karakoram Highway. It covers an area of about 55 acres (220,000 m2). The school is surrounded by deep natural ravine in almost a U-shape. The only non-crevice side faces a high mountain. The Karakoram Highway passes between the school and the mountain.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Abbottabad Public School
  2. ^ "Abbottabad Public School". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Latitude and Longitude". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Abbottabad Public School Video | School Activities, Sports & Lectures". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Abbottabad Public School". Retrieved 27 September 2013.