St. Aloysius High School, Ranchi
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|St. Aloysius High School|
|Camil Bulke Path(Purulia Road), Ranchi
|Principal||Brother Sylvestor Surin|
|Number of students||3000+|
|Area||2.76 acres (11,200 m2)|
|Affiliations||Jharkhand Academic Council|
St. Aloysius High School, Ranchi is a day school for boys in Ranchi, Jharkhand. It has an enrolment of 3,000 students attending its three divisions: High-School, Middle-School and English Medium School. It is affiliated with the Jharkhand Academic Council. For the last 15 years, the school has been awarded the Best School Award, scoring in the top position for the 10th board by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (India).
St. Aloysius Primary school was founded in 1902 by Belgian Jesuit Father Louis Van Hoeck. It was started in a building at the St. Anne's Convent compound in a small village. Later when Fr. Edouard De Meulder became headmaster, the middle-school building was constructed to accommodate new students. The primary school received recognition from Ranchi municipality on April 15, 1936 and the middle-school was recognized on January 1, 1949. In those days St. John's was the only Catholic boys high-school. Fr. Aloysius de Raat put up a four-room school building and opened class VIII.[clarification needed]
By this time the Brothers of St. Gabriel were already in Konbir-Noatoli and the Archbishop and the Jesuit priests were impressed by their life and work. The St. Aloysius' school was offered to them. The offer by the Diocese was accepted by the Provincial Council of the Brothers held on March 21–22, 1957.
An agreement was signed on December 4, 1954 by Rev. Nicholas Kujur, the Archbishop of Ranchi on the transfer of the administration and management of St. Aloysius School to the Brothers of Saint Gabriel. This agreement was effective "from first of June 1957".
Bro. Marcel Joseph who was the Superior and Headmaster of St. Joseph's School, Konbir-Noatoli, was transferred to St. Aloysius School. He brought with him Bro. Mathurin and two other young Brothers.
At this point, the high-school began running. In those days Cl VIII to XI formed the high school section.[clarification needed] The school was hardly known in the locality and the students who came here were of a lower socioeconomic status. The high school faced many problems, namely that they were not recognized by the state education department.
The Aloysius Old Boys Association (AOBA) is the official alumni association of St. Aloysius School, Ranchi. The Association presently has over 300 members consisting of school graduates since 2002.
From the onset the management and the academic staff understood that the syllabus alone would not be of any help to them. After all, the focus was to make all students independent, and not just literate. Thus, instead of pursuing formal education, the goal is to embrace competitive skills and programmes that can foster the children's talents.[how?]
The school thus formed the Association, where former students give tips to present generations.
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