St. Germain High School

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St. Germain High School
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St. Germain High School
Bangalore, Karnataka, 560005
Type Public
Motto Ad Augusta, Per Angusta
(Triumph Through Trials)
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established c.January 1944
School board Archdiocesan Board of Education
Head of school Rev. Msgr. S. Jayanathan
Grades Std I - X PUC 1-2 LKG UKG
Gender Male/Female
Enrollment 1750
Houses Aranjo, Froger, Thomas, Vissac[1]
Information Ph: 080 2551 1353

St. Germain High School is an unaided private institution, established in January 1944. The school began in the former Clergy and Archbishop's House, which had housed St. Joseph's Boys High School before they moved to their present location in Richmond Town. The school was named after a French priest Rev. Fr. St Germain who had been a sports teacher at St. Joseph's High School. Fr. St. Germain died in 1939 and as a tribute the new school was named after him.

The school is managed by the Archdiocesan Board Of Education, under the Chairmanship of the Archbishop of Bangalore. The school is recognized by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) Delhi.


The school was founded in January 1944 by the then Archbishop of Bangalore, Rt. Rev. Thomas Pothacamury D.D., in memory of Rev. Fr. Saint Germain, a well beloved French Priest, who till his retirement worked as a teacher and procurator at the local St. Joseph's School and College. These were housed in the present school building (main) till they were moved to their current location Museum Road in Richmond Town.

The school is situated on top of St. John's Hill with Coles Park on one side and St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral on the other. The main entrance to the school used to be on St. John's Church Road and provided direct entry to the playground. The gate was closed and the main entrance re-located in 1976 to Promenade Road so that the playground provided unfettered access for play and recreation.

Notable alumni[edit]

School motto[edit]

St. Germain High School had a Latin motto, Ad Augusta, Per Angusta. During the tenure of Rev. Fr, Mervyn Coelho, the English translation was employed, Triumph Through Trials .

School song[edit]

Hark! Now we sing
Of St Germain the school that we love
For it is here that we learn to uphold the right
Seeking light, seeking help from above
Strive might and main
Let the odds be what they will
We shall conquer all, trials great or small
Onwards lads! We must climb the Hill!

Lo! On the heights
Rays of glory illumine the skies,
'Tis the land where Truth and where virtue dwell
Where the sunshine of honour abides.
March! Falter not,
Though the way be weary and long.
All the toil and strife face we bravely now
Firm in faith, bold of heart and strong.


The school is managed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education. It is the only Anglo-Indian school maintained by the Board and is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi. Till 1961 the students were prepared for the Bangalore European Secondary School Examination (Std XI) and the Cambridge Overseas Examination. From 1962 to 1969, the State Government conducted the Anglo-Indian secondary School Certificate (A.I.S.S.C.) Examination (Std XI). With the change over to the present 10+2+3 Course of States, the I.C.S.E. (Std X) is conducted at the end of Std X. From 1977 to 1990 the school also presented students to the local Std X (SSLC) Examination.

The school always has over 90% passes in the Public Exam with 100% passes in many years, with the first rank occasionally. Extra-curricular activity includes sports and games, NCC and Scouts, debating and the school band.

The school has represented Karnataka in the Nehru Hockey Tournament held at New Delhi and has won the B.T. Ramaiah Shield in cricket. The NCC Officer Fazal Bari Khan has been honoured at the State and National levels.

The school's Scoutmaster, Mr. S.J.P. Keerty and Cub Master Mr. I. Raj have awards to their credit for producing President's Scouts.

The late Ms.P.S Maithily taught mathematics,pure science and computer studies .She headed and administrated the computer club for high school students back in 1990's much before Bangalore or India was known for its potential in Information Technology, her students have won many awards in mathematics,science and computer studies and are pioneers in these subjects.


  • Rev.Fr.Cyril Browne - Jan 1944 – March 1944
  • Rev.Fr.P.Jacquemart - 1944–1945
  • Rev.Msgr.Pat Aranjo - 1945–1954
  • Rev.Msgr.Stan Aranjo - 1954–1968
  • Rev.Fr.Benito DeSouza - 1968–1975
  • Rev.Fr.Mervyn Coelho - 1975–1983
  • Rev.Fr.Hilary Pereira SJ - 1983–1990
  • Rev.Fr.Henry Menezes - 1990–1998
  • Rev.Fr.Jerome Rego - Jul 1998–May 1999
  • Mr. Francis Ivo D'Souza - 1999-2001
  • Rev.Fr.John Rose - 2001–2005
  • Rev.Fr.Jerome Rego - 2005-2011 June

From June 2011, Rev.Msgr.S.Jayanathan has been appointed as the Head of St. Germain's Institutions. He is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Bangalore and Vice-President of the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE). Current Vice-Principal is Mrs Mary Francis.


The House system is a feature common to Public Schools in India especially Christian run schools (based on an equivalent system in England). The four houses are named after principals and priests who were closely connected to St. Germains Boys High School.

  • Aranjo - green, after Rev.Msgr.Pat Aranjo (1945–1954) and Rev.Msgr.Stan Aranjo (1954–1968).
  • Froger - blue, after a pious French priest.
  • Thomas - red. St. Germain High School was established in 1944 by the Archbishop of Bangalore, Rt. Rev. Thomas Pothacamury.
  • Vissac - yellow. After J.M. Vissac, who, in 1883, was the Rector of the Jesuits of Bangalore who situated the school on St. John's Hill.[1]

The houses compete with one another in dramatics, culturals, sports such as athletics (track and field) competitions, cricket, basketball, hockey, football and literary events.


The school is situated on the crest of St. John's Hill on Promenade Road in perhaps the most open and healthy part of the garden city of Bangalore. It is flanked on the right by Cathedral Church of St. Francis Xavier and on the left by Coles Park.

The classrooms are housed in a three storied building provided with broad corridors on both sides. The new building, through very different in architecture is equally extensive. The school has a garden and playground.


  1. ^ a b "Houses". St Germain Institutions. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 

Coordinates: 12°59′36.85″N 77°36′37.73″E / 12.9935694°N 77.6104806°E / 12.9935694; 77.6104806