Gyosei Junior and Senior High School

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Gyosei Junior and Senior High School
暁星中学校・高等学校 (Gyōsei Chūgakkō Kōtōgakkō)
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Opened 1881
Principal Masaki Ida (飯田雅章)
Gender Boys
Age 12 to 18

Gyosei Junior and Senior High School (暁星中学校・高等学校, Gyōsei Chūgakkō Kōtōgakkō) is a private Catholic junior and senior high school for boys in Fujimi (ja) (富士見), Chiyoda, Tokyo.[1] Founded in 1881, it regarded as one of the country's most prestigious private schools.[2][3] It is part of a family of Catholic schools administered by the Gyosei Gakuen Educational Association which includes a kindergarten and elementary school.


After Pierre-Marie Osouf became the new Bishop of Tokyo, he convinced the Society of Mary (Marianists) that there was a need for Catholic schools in Japan.[4] The order responded generously and sent American and French missionaries, who founded Gyosei High School in Tsukiji, Tokyo in 1881.[5][6] The school was affected by the devastating 1923 Great Kantō earthquake and then World War II some twenty years later. It later moved to its (as of 2002) present location in Kudan (ja) (九段), Tokyo.[7]

The high school is the oldest of a family of schools located within walking distance of each other and includes a coeducational kindergarten (opened 1969)[8] and all-boys elementary school founded in 1890, thus providing a comprehensive education for boys from ages 3 to 18.[9] It has a special relationship with the Jesuit-run Sophia University: Gyosei High School graduates often continue on to Sophia University and it recruits religious studies teachers from the university.

Saint Joseph College in Yokohama was founded as a division of Gyosei High School before becoming a separately-run international school. It has since closed amidst much controversy.[10]

In 1979 Gyosei International School was opened as the sister school to cater to the expatriate population. It is administered separately from Gyosei Gakuen.


French and English are the main foreign languages taught, the former having been taught at the school since its foundation.[11] For a period of time, the French Baccalauréat was offered.


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  1. ^ Home page. Gyosei Junior and Senior High School. Retrieved on 9 January 2014. "暁星中学・高等学校 〒102-8133 東京都千代田区富士見1-2-5"
  2. ^ 鈴木隆祐 (2005). 名門高校人脈 (in Japanese). Kobunsha. ISBN 4-334-03317-2. 
  3. ^ "現代日本の名門校". Yomiuri Weekly (週刊読売) (in Japanese). 55 (42): 130–131. September 29, 1996. 
  4. ^ van Hecken, Joseph Leonard (1963). The Catholic Church in Japan since 1859. Herder Agency. p. 159. 
  5. ^ Uno, Kei (September 2015). "The Activities of the Marianists and Catholic Intellectuals in Japan Prior to the Second World War". Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture. University of St. Thomas (MN) Center for Catholic Studies. 18 (4): 155–175. 
  6. ^ Yokohama, past and present: 100th anniversary of Yokohama's incorporation 130th anniversary of the Port of Yokohama. Yokohama City University. 1990. p. 87. 
  7. ^ "History of Witan Hall." (Archive). Witan Hall (Gyosei International School in the UK). December 2, 2002. Retrieved on January 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "幼稚園沿革 (Kindergarten History)" (in Japanese). Gyosei Kindergarten. 
  9. ^ "History of the elementary school" (in Japanese). 
  10. ^ "Oldest international school's closure leaves many questions". The Japan Times. May 27, 2000. 
  11. ^ "語学教育 (Language education)" (in Japanese). 

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