Instituto Nacional Mejía

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Instituto Nacional Mejía
Vargas N13-93 y Arenas
Quito, Pichincha
Coordinates 0°12′44.9814″S 78°30′17.715″W / 0.212494833°S 78.50492083°W / -0.212494833; -78.50492083
School type Public, High school
Motto Latin: Per Áspera Ad Astra
(Through adversity to the stars)
Religious affiliation(s) Laicism
Patron saint(s) Jose Mejía Lequerica
Founded 1 June 1897 (1897-06-01)
Founder Eloy Alfaro
Rector Lic. Eduardo Arias
Principal Dr. Milton Cahueñas Estrella
Number of students approximately 8000
Language Spanish
Schedule type morning and evening
Color(s)  Yellow  and  Blue 
Sports Soccer, basketball, athletics, tennis, judo
Mascot Joy
Nickname Patrón Mejía
Instituto Nacional Mejía Edificio Central.JPG
Facade of the Central Building for Today

Instituto Nacional Mejía is a public secondary educational institution in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. It was founded on June 1, 1897.[1] Depends Ecuador Government through the Ministry of Education.


It is a secular and experimental High School that educates, prepares and graduates its students with a critical - reflexive mind, and provides them with a scientific humanist instruction which is compromised with social change and national development.


The school motto is the Latin phrase Per áspera ad astra literally translated as "On the rough path to the stars", but more commonly translated as "Per Aspera Ad Astra" (through adversity to the stars).


Fiestas del Mejia[edit]

Each year, the celebrations for the anniversary of its creation are a huge spectacle [2]


Coordinates: 0°12′44.9814″S 78°30′17.715″W / 0.212494833°S 78.50492083°W / -0.212494833; -78.50492083