Saint Gabriel's College

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For the college of the same name in London, see Saint Gabriel's College (Church of England).
Saint Gabriel's College Thailand
Saint Gabriel's College logo.png
Labor Omnia Vincit
(Labor Conquers All Things)
Location
Bangkok
Thailand
Information
Type Private school
Established 1920
Locale 565 Samsen Rd., Dusit, Bangkok 10300 Thailand
Director Bro. Dr. Vinai Viriyavidhayavongs (2013–present)
Grades 1–12 (Primary 1–6 and secondary 1–6)
Language The language is taught in schools
Thailand Thai
United Kingdom English
France French
China Mandarin Chinese
School color(s) White and blue
Website

Saint Gabriel's College (Thai: โรงเรียนเซนต์คาเบรียล) is a private Catholic all-boys school located in Bangkok, Thailand. The school was founded by the Brothers of Saint Gabriel in 1920.

The school provides education for students from grade 1 through 12 (K–12). Admitting only approximately 400 students per year, the school entrance especially in the first grade is highly competitive. The school is known for its Intensive English Program which is widely accepted throughout the country.

History[edit]

In 1918, after the First World War ended, the demand for schools and education in Bangkok sharply increased. At that time, the Brothers of Saint Gabriel had established only one school in Bangkok, the Assumption College. As a response to this increasing demand, Brother Martin de Tours proposed an idea to open a new school in Bangkok. He accepted a plot of land offered by Father Brozat of the nearby Saint Francis Xavier Church as the site for his vision.

The construction began in 1920, the chief engineer being Mr. Be'quelin. The main building was designed entirely by Brother Martin de Tours. The building, which cost approximately 100,000 baht, was completed in February 1922. Due to the building being painted in light red, it has since been referred to as "Tuk-Daeng" (Thai: ตึกแดง) (literally meaning "the red building").

In 1920, while the construction was still taking place, Brother Martin de Tours and his teaching staffs began teaching temporarily at Mr. Berli's House. There were 141 students enrolled in the first year.

Symbol[edit]

The symbol of Saint Gabriel’s College is a coat of arms. The middle part is an escutcheon divided into four parts which are :

  • A.M and White bouquet of tuberose: A.M means 'Ave Marie' which means the mother of Christ. The White bouquet of tuberose represent a purity that all the students in Saint Gabriel’s College must have.
  • Boat and Polaris: the boat represent that life is a struggle and Polaris represents hope.
  • DS and crosses: DS stands for 'Dieu Seul' in French. Crossed is a sign of love and sacrifice that Jesus Christ gave his life with love.
  • The Flower around the coat of arm is an ornament of honor that will remind every student to do good to themselves and other.

Buildings[edit]

Saint Gabriel's College has ten buildings :

  • Tuk-Daeng (ตึกแดง ตึกอำนวยการ) was the initiation of Saint Gabriel's, constructed in the age of Brother Martin De Tours. Tuk-Daeng since then has become the most significant emblem of the school. It can be seen first when entering the school. It was no longer used as a classroom for students, but it was used as the room of the chief manager and principal’s office. Nowadays, Tuk-Daeng is renovated and preserved as a memorial of the school.
  • 90th anniversary ( ตึก 90 ปี ) is a 5-storey building which was built for celebrating 90 years of Saint Gabriel’s College.
  • De Montfort ( ตึกเดอ มงฟอร์ต ) is a 4-storey building. On first and second floor are cafeterias for students, an auditorium and a library.
  • John Mary ( ตึกจอห์น แมรี่ ) is a dormitory for foreign teachers and staffs. This building also houses the roof top John Mary Center for the Performing Arts which was funded and conceptualized by noted philanthropist Devin DiCristofaro and constructed by world famous architect John McLaughlin.
  • Greg Gymnasium ( ตึกเกรก ยิมเนเซี่ยม ) is a 5-storey building which was constructed in 1971. It has a basketball court for primary 5 students
  • Fatima ( ตึกฟาติมา รศ 200 ) is a 7-storey building which was constructed in 1980. It was the building for primary 1 and 2.
  • Hubert ( ตึกฮิวเบิร์ต ) Contains facilities such as a fitness center, swimming pool and car park.
  • Andrew ( ตึกแอนดรู ) is a 6-storey building which was constructed in 2001. It was the building for secondary 1 and 2 students.
  • Mae-Phra ( ตึกแม่พระ ) is a 6-storey building (including underground floor ). It was constructed in 2007. Mae-Phra is a building that ha basketball court, swimming pool for secondary students, auditorium and laboratory inside. It was the building for secondary 3–4 students.
  • Annunciation ( ตึกแม่พระรับสาส์น )is the newest building of Saint Gabriel’s College, It was constructed in 2012. It was the building for primary 3 and 4 students.

Name of school Directors[edit]

Years in office Name
1920–1926 Bro. Martin De Tours
1926–1932 Bro. Frederic Jean (1)
1932–1938 Bro. Hubert (1)
1938–1941 Bro. Frederic Jean (2)
1941–1944 Bro. Theophane Venard
1944–1947 Bro. Aloysius
1947–1953 Bro. Monfort Del Rosario (1)
1953–1955 Bro. John Mary
1955–1961 Bro. Hubert (2)
1961–1966 Bro. Monfort Del Rosario (2)
1966–1968 Bro. Alphonsus De Liquori
1968–1974 Bro. Pratheep Martin Komolmas
1974–1977 Bro. Fillip (1)
1977–1983 Bro. Meesak Wongprachanukul
1993–1985 Bro. Fillip (2)
1985–1991 Bro. Buncha Saenghirun
1991–1997 Bro. Arun Metthaseth
1997–2003 Bro. Wisit Sriwichairut
2003–2013 Bro. Anusak Nidhibhadrabhorn
2013–present Bro. Vinai Viriyavidhayavongs

Notable alumni[edit]

  • M.R. Adulakit Kitiyakara (1930–2004), brother of Queen Sirikit, President of the Supreme Court, Privy Councillor
  • Samak Sundaravej (1935–2009), Prime Minister of Thailand
  • Yuthasak Sasiprapha (born 1937), general, former Minister of Defence, President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand
  • Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya (born 1943), Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau
  • Kosit Panpiemras (born 1943), executive chairman of Bangkok Bank, former Minister of Industry and Deputy Prime Minister
  • Surayud Chulanont (born 1943), general, former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, former Prime Minister of Thailand
  • Prawit Wongsuwan (born 1945), general, former Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, former Minister of Defence
  • Supachai Panitchpakdi (born 1946), former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), former Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula (born 1947), former Governor of the Bank of Thailand, former Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister
  • Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala (born 1951), former Minister of Finance
  • Pornchai Mongkhonvanit (born 1958), President of Siam University

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°46′33″N 100°30′23″E / 13.77583°N 100.50639°E / 13.77583; 100.50639