Malacca High School

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Malacca High School
(MHS, High School)
SMK Tinggi Melaka
Malacca High School badge-logo, hisham enhanced 01
Latin: Meliora Hic Sequamur
(Here we strive for better things)
Jalan Chan Koon Cheng, 75000
Malacca City, Malacca
Type Public, day school
Established 7 December 1826; 189 years ago (1826-12-07)
Founder Mr. Thomas H. Moor
School district Central Malacca
Principal En. Ramnan bin Saidun
Grades Form 1 - Form 6
Enrollment 2000 approx.
Medium of language English, Malay
Classrooms 60 approx.
Campus Urban
Colour(s)          Mauve and green
Yearbook The Optimist
Affiliations Xin Min Secondary School,[1] Eltham High School[2]
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Malacca High School (MHS) is a secondary school in Malacca, Malaysia. Founded on 7 December 1826, it is the second oldest recorded school in the country after only Penang Free School. It is branded as a cluster school and is known as one of the premier schools in Malaysia.



On 7 December 1826, MHS was officially established; just after Malacca was made an English colony on 17 March 1824, when the Dutch ceded Malacca to the English after the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824.

The establishment of the school (then known as Malacca Free School) was initiated by Mr. Thomas H. Moor who came to Malacca in 1825 on orders by William Milne who was one of the educators at the Anglo-Chinese College. In his letter dated 4th. January 1825, he stated his wishes to Arundel in London to establish a school. The establishment of the school was also supported by some influential people including James Humphrey, a Superintendent in the London Missionary Society. The startup of Malacca High School was directly related to the closing of the Dutch-Malay school which was established in January 1815 by Christian missionary during the Dutch reign. The school was closed when Malacca was handed over to the English by the Dutch.


After the establishment of Malacca High School on 7 December 1826, the school was originally located at Personage House – The current Youth Museum of Malacca. Throughout the history of the school, it moved twice (in 1884 and 1931), due to the increase in students population.

In 1884, the school shifted to a new building at the former High Court building as the old building was no longer suitable in accommodating the growing student population, then. This building was built under the leadership of F.C. Shepberd since 1882 but could only accommodate 200 students.

The initial idea of building the Malacca High School at the Kubu field was then cancelled when the late Tuan Haji Bachee bin Ahmad offered to sell a plot of the land to the authorities.

In 1928, the new school premises at Jalan Chan Koon Cheng (the current location) was built, which included the cost of land. The new school premise is a 2-storey school building constructed in the form of the letter E, which symbolises an English School. The premise was equipped with a teachers’ quarters. In 1934, the ruling British government made additions to the building, constructing quarters for their Boarding Master, car parks, armoury for weapons storage and cadet rooms.

Early students at MHS[edit]

MHS began its educational history with only 18 male students and was opened for admission to all students in the then, Malaya.

In 1826, MHS was opened for girl students admission for the first time, when 65 girls were registered. However, in 1834, the admission of girl students had to be halted when its lady teacher Miss Wallaca (who replaced prior lady teacher, Maria Newell), left the school for Canton, China. Since then, the school had closed the girl students admission due to lack of teaching staff. Most of the students originated from Malacca Town and its surrounding areas such as Klebang, Limbongan, Bukit Rambai, Ujong Pasir, Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah and other Malacca state districts. Since its establishment until World War II, it had less than 500 annual student intake, except in the year 1907 when the students population reached 505. The school expanded after the war. Today, MHS has an average annual enrolment of 2000 students.


The hostel of MHS were built in 1924 and the Principal was Mr. C.G. Coleman. It could only accommodate 60 students. In 1972, the Ministry of Education, Malaysia; introduced the Special Student's Programme (Pelajar Rancangan Khas). In this programme, primary school students in Malacca who achieved good results in the Standard Five Evaluation Test (Penilaian Darjah Lima) were then placed/enrolled for secondary school education in MHS. There were then, 80 students involved in this programme during its implementation.

In 1975, the old hostel which were located at the school main entrance was later demolished to make way for the construction of the school's new main assembly hall. A new 3-storey student hostel was then built at the back of the school compound and later named Special Programme Hostel (Asrama Rancangan Khas). The hostel had then accommodate the population of 118 students. Another hostel building was later built in 1983. During this time, MHS students hostel had been accommodating approximately 300 students. Hostel facilities includes a Muslim Mosque, a common living/activity room, a clinic, an air-conditioned library, an AV room, a cyber cafe, a dining hall and a VIP hall.

The hostel was earlier named as MHS Boys' Hostel (Asrama Putera Sekolah Tinggi Melaka) in 1985 but was then renamed as Tan Sri Datuk Wira Abdul Rahman Arshad Hostel. It was renamed after the former Director General of Education, Malaysia; who was an MHS student from 1948 until 1956.

School field[edit]

From 1975 to 1979, a school field expansion project was undertaken by the Public Works Department (Jabatan Kerja Raya) to an area covering about 5 acres (20,000 m2). This expansion had made the school field famous throughout the state as the largest school field in Malacca. It has two football/rugby fields, running/sports track, an indoor hockey turf, a basketball court and a tennis court.

Main Assembly Hall[edit]

In 1974, the school Main Assembly Hall project was approved by the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Unfortunately it was cancelled shortly after, due to the unexpected increments of the project cost causing shortages on government allocated project fund. However the school administration had later succeed in their appeal to the related government authorities to approve/allow the school to initiate its own fund raising activities in an effort to cover the said project cost amount differences. A need for a large assembly hall was so critical then; to accommodate the rapid increasing amount of students hence project cancellation is not an option.

With the initiative taken by the school's Board of Governors, teachers and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), the school organised an official "Walkathon" Fund Raising programme on September 1977 to collect donations from the public. From the donations, the PTA, the Board of Governors as well as Malacca High School Old Pupils' Association (MAHSOPA), launched the Malacca High School Hall Building Fund. The halted constructions continued. The school hall was later successfully built, commissioned and handed over to the school administration and was officially opened by the former Governor of Malacca, Tun Syed Zahiruddin bin Syed Hassan Al - Haj on 7 March 1981. The obvious sports facilities then were its four badminton courts.


The school mosque project was initiated in 1982, after the completion of the school hall. The former PTA chairman, Datuk Idris Abdul Ghani, with the help of other committee members, Muslim parents, teachers and students, as well as the public had contributed towards the mosque project. With the addition of funds from the School Development Fund, the mosque was completed in October 1984.

Later development[edit]

Projects include the renovation of the Drawing Room into Professional Room (1988), the building of the Wawasan and Budi block, the school gateway arch (1995), partial area of the school library renovated into Staff Room B (1998), the building of the Pintar Block (2000), the additional building of the students canteen, the Podium (Astaka) at the school field, the repair works on the west wing on the Warisan block which was damaged in a fire disaster in June 2000, as well as a two-storey computer lab on the former volleyball and basketball court. The school library also had its roof collapse in 2010 causing repairs to be done on the entire block including the teacher's room and library.damn

School mottos[edit]

Meliora Hic Sequamur[edit]

This old main motto stands for "Here We Strive For Better Things". The motto was introduced by the Principal of Malacca High School Mr. L.W. Arnold. He was stationed in the school from 1931 to 1934. The use of the motto coincided with the shifting of the school from the High Court Building to the current location. The official opening of the school was in October 1931.

Sini Terdidiknya Manusia[edit]

A direct translation of this would be: Here's Where Humans Well Educated. This motto was introduced in line with the government's efforts to promote the usage of Bahasa Malaysia among the people by the former principal, Tuan Haji Abdul Rafie bin Mahat in 1989.

We Are The Best[edit]

This motto was introduced by a former Principal, Tuan Haji Mohammad bin Ismail in 1991.

Mesra, Hormat, Sayang[edit]

A literal translation of this would be: Congeniality, Respect and Love. This motto was introduced by a former Principal, Tuan Haji Noh bin Haji Ahmad in 2001.

High School Cemerlang, Pelajar Terbilang[edit]

A direct translation of this would be: (Malacca) High School Excells, Students Distinct. This motto was introduced by the Principal, Tuan Haji Abdul Razak bin Che Ngah.

School emblem[edit]

The school emblem was introduced in 1931. During this time the School Board of Governors was established and the motto “Meliora Hic Sequamur” was established. Originally, the school emblem reflected ‘History,’Resilence’ and ‘Strength’.

The ‘A Famosa’ logo was used and the colour of green and maroon were used. At the bottom of the logo, ‘ Meliora Hic Sequamur‘ was etched. At the beginning, this logo was used by the school prefects only but from 1970 all students wear the logo.

School anthem[edit]

The school anthem shares the same tune as the American patriotic song America The Beautiful.

Sekolah Tinggi Melaka keseluruh negara
Beramai-ramai kita dukung rukun negara
Satu padu bertenaga majukan negara
Prinsip hidup progresif amalan sekolah kita

Sejak lapan belas dua enam namamu terbina
Sepanjang masa kemuka mulia dan bahagia
Sekolah Tinggi, Sekolah Tinggi, Tempatmu berbakti
Perpaduan, bercahaya, kekalan abadi.

A contextual translation would be:

Malacca High School to the whole nation
Massively, we uphold the country's ideology
United and energetic, we develop the country
Progressive principles of life are our school's custom

Your name was established since 1826
Throughout this time you've been noble and joyful
High School, High School, you're a place of contribution
Radiant unity endures for eternity.

List of MHS's School Principals[edit]

  • 1826 - Mr. T.H. Moor
  • 1843 - Mr. John Overee
  • 1862 - Mr. T. Smith
  • 1878 - Mr. Alex Armstrong (A. Armstrong)
  • 1893 - Mr. J. Howell
  • 1916 - Mr. C.F.C. Ayre
  • 1921 - Mr. C. Beamish
  • 1924 - Mr. C.G. Coleman
  • 1930 - Mr. T.A.O. Sullivan
  • 1931 - Mr. L.W. Arnold
  • 1934 - Mr. L.A.S. Jermyn
  • 1941 - Mr. C.A. Scott, Mr. Lee Chin Lin
  • 1945 - Mr. Goh Tiow Chong
  • 1946 - Mr. C. Foster, Mr. C.J. Gurney
  • 1950 - Mr. G.P. Dartford
  • 1952 - Mr. F.T. Laidlaw, Mr. E.H. Bromley
  • 1956 - Mr. A. Atkinson
  • 1957 - Mr. W. Gibson
  • 1958 - Mr. K. Kandiah, Mr. Ee Tiang Hong
  • 1960 - Mr. C.T. Wade, Mr. Goh Keat Seng
  • 1965 - Mr. Tan Teik Hock
  • 1969 - Mr. Lim Leng Lee
  • 1970 - Mr. K. Anandarajan
  • 1972 - Mr. Chan Ying Tat
  • 1985 - Tn. Haji Abdul Rafie bin Haji Mahat
  • 1991 - Tn. Haji Mohammad bin Ismail
  • 1994 - Tn. Haji Hussin bin Abdul Hamid
  • 1996 - En. Mohd Zin bin Abdul Hamid
  • 1998 - Tn. Haji Othman bin Ibrahim
  • 2000 - Tn. Haji Noh bin Haji Ahmad
  • 2001 - Tn. Haji Ya'amah bin Mohd Dris
  • 2003 - En. Mohd Ali bin Saed
  • 2006 - En. Yusof bin Haji Ahmad
  • 2007 - Tn. Haji Abd. Razak bin Che Ngah
  • 2014 - En.Ramnan bin Saidun

Notable Alumni[edit]

Arguably one of the oldest educational institution in Malaysia, Malacca High School has produced graduates who excel in many fields. Many prominent politicians, royal family members, activists, educators and so on are Malacca High School alumni. Following is a brief list of some of the notable alumni taken from the book Our Story, Malacca High School 1826-2006 published by MHS Anniversary.[3] Its alumni body is also no short of history makers like the first Malayan Chief Police Officer, the late Talif Lisut, the first Chinese commando pioneer in the Malaysian Armed Forces, Lt.-Col Chua Hong Kang, the oldest player to score hole-in-one, hotelier Datuk H.M. Shah, and recently the first from an ethnic minority to become the fourth woman High Sheriff in Britain, Lady Monjulee Webb.

Politics and Civil Service[edit]


  • Tan Sri Hasmy Agam (chairman of SUHAKAM and executive chairman of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), which is under the Foreign Ministry.)
  • John Koh Seng Siew (secretary of Malacca High School Geographical Society, president of the Art Club (1964) and secretary

of the Prefects Board in 1965/66, A King Scout and Troop Leader in 1964, vice-president of Friends of Heritage of Malaysia Society (1987/90 and 1993/95) and an honorary council member of Badan Warisan Malaysia Trust (1995 to 1997). He is also on the Board of Trustees Malaysian Nature Society.

Economy and business[edit]

  • Datuk Rastam Hadi (former Deputy Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia and former managing director of Petronas)
  • Ong Sek Pek (School captain and editor of The Optimist in 1948, President of the HSOBA (1959–66) and chairman of the Board of Governors (1969–82))
  • Tan Sri Geh Ik Cheong (The editor of The Optimist 1941, trustee of the Kuok Foundation and Chairman of Development and Commercial Bank Bhd)
  • Datuk Mohd Said Ali (former Chief Executive Officer of Telekom Malaysia)


  • Tan Sri Lal Chand Vohrah (ad litem judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge of the High Court of Malaya, Chairman of the Special Commissioners of Income Tax and Co-editor of Man's Inhumanity to Man)


  • Shirley Geok-Lin Lim (UCLA Professor of English who chairs the School of Education of UCLA, winner of Commonwealth Poetry Prize and National Book Award)
  • Professor Mohamed Ajmal bin Abdul Razak Al-Aidrus. Professor of English and American Literature. Poet. Translator of the 800-year-old six-volume work, the Mathnawi of Jalaluddin Rumi, considered by many to be the greatest spiritual poem ever written in the history of mankind, into Malay.



  • Professor Anthony S.Y. Leong (Chairman of the Discipline of Anatomical Pathology at the University of Newcastle, Australia; Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Pathologists of Australasia and the United Kingdom, the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.)
  • G. Kogelen Govindasamy (DNA repair, anti-aging and organ rejuvenation scientist)


  • Major General (Rtd) Datuk Shaharuddin Mohd Ali
  • Robert Choe
  • Ismail Ali
  • Ong Cheng Watt (gold medal in the 1954 Malaysian AAA championships in Long Jump)
  • K. Embaraj
  • Mirnawan Nawawi (Former Malaysia Hockey Player)
  • Shukor Adan (Former Malaysia Football Player)
  • Faridzal Ismail (Currently play for Malaysia Rugby Team)
  • Chua Boon Huat (ex national hockey player)


  • Julian Chee, Ben Chiew and Peter Eu (co-authors of World Polymer Banknotes — A Standard Reference)
  • Tan Sri Datuk Wira Abdul Rahman Arshad

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

There are now 9 uniform units. Among them are Scouts, Red Crescent Society, PKBM (Land), Police Cadets, KRS, Fire Brigade Cadets, Marching Band, Silat Seni Gayong and JPA3.

Sports houses[edit]

The house system was introduced in 1923. Every student was assigned a “house” named after historical figures. The sports houses in the school are:

Starting from January 2014, all the sports houses were changed from 6 to 4. The new names for the sport houses are:

Further reading[edit]


  • Chua, Bok Chye (2006). Our Story: Malacca High School, 1826-2006. ISBN 9789834306601. 

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