St. John's High School, Ranchi

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St. John's School, Ranchi
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चरित्र निर्माणम् ज्ञान विज्ञानात् श्रेष्ठत्रम्
Character Building is Superior to
Science & Knowledge
Purulia Road, Pathalkudwa
Nayatoli, Ranchi
Jharkhand 834001
Type Public, Jesuit
Catholic church
Established 1887; 129 years ago (1887)[1]
Principal Fr. Florence Kujur, S.J.
Grades 6 – 12
Gender All boy
Campus Urban
Medium Hindi

St. John's High School, Ranchi, is a Catholic school run by the Jesuits, on Purulia Road in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.


The origin of St.John's dates back to July 1869 when Fr. Stockman came to Chaibasa from Calcutta, ten years after two Belgian and one English Jesuit began the Bengal Mission. The Munda tribals (adivasis) of the area were being exploited by tax collectors, landlords, and the British colonizers, and it was not until 1885, with the arrival of Fr. Constant Lievens, that productive contacts were made between the adivasis of the Chotanagpur plateau and the Jesuit missionaries.[2] St. John’s was the first school founded by this mission, in 1887, and named the following year after Saint John Berchmans, a young Belgian Jesuit who had been canonised in Rome that year.[1]

St.John's is one of the oldest schools in the entire region, and had a year-long celebration of its centenary in 1989-90 which was attended by the Chief Minister of the state and hundreds of alumni. The event witnessed a host of celebrations throughout the year and all teachers and students participated in celebrating the glorious 100 years of the school.


The language of instruction is Hindi. The school is affiliated with the Jharkhand School Examination Board for class 10 examinations. It educates pupils from class 7 to class 10. Pupils of classes 1 to 6 are taught at St. John's Middle School, which is located on the same campus under the same administration.[3]

St. John's High School has a sister institution, St. Xavier's College, Ranchi, which is on an adjacent campus and has vibrant and successful alumni spread across the globe.

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  1. ^ a b c International Handbook of Catholic Education: Challenges for School Systems edited by Gerald Grace, SJ & Joseph O'Keefe, SJ ISBN 978-1-4020-5776-2 p. 692. Accessed 31 December 2015.
  2. ^ History
  3. ^ ICBSE

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Coordinates: 23°22′3.65″N 85°19′38.47″E / 23.3676806°N 85.3273528°E / 23.3676806; 85.3273528