St. Joseph's Indian High School

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St. Joseph's Indian High School
23, Vittal Mallya Road,
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Motto Fide et Labore
(Faith and Hard Work)
Established 1904; 114 years ago (1904)
Administrator Fr. Leo Periera SJ, Rector
Principal Fr. Henry Saldanha SJ, High School & PU
Grades Middle through pre-university; community college
Color(s) Blue and Grey
Publication Josephite
Yearbook Spandana
Affiliation Jesuit (Catholic)
CC Director Fr. Deepak JK SMM

St. Joseph's Indian High School is in Bangalore, India. It traces its origins to a founding by the Paris Foreign Missions Society in 1904 on St. John’s Hill. The Society of Jesus has run the school since 1937.[1]


Fathers of the Paris Foreign Missions began running a school for European boys on Museum Road in 1904 decided decades later to reach out to poor Catholics and established an Indian boys boarding school at St Joseph’s Commerce College on Brigade Road. In 1972 this St. Joseph's Indian school moved its present campus. The Sports Authority of India aided the school to build a swimming pool, gymnasium, and hostel. The centenary brought a new building for the high school and PU College, in December 2006. In 2007 St. Joseph’s Community College began to develop on campus. It caters to rural unemployed youth and prepares them for gainful employment.[2]


On campus are a middle school and high school with a pre-university college, along with the community college; CAD coaching is also undertaken. The high school has twenty-one classes with thirty-five students in the "A" sections and about seventy students in the other six sections, for a total of over 3000 students.[3]

At the platinum jubilee celebration of St. Joseph's in 1979, film actress Nutan sang for "Nutan Musical Nite". The centenary celebrations were in 2004.

Students are divided into four houses[4] and there is an active Student Council. The major events held are sports day and the cultural fest "Prerana".


Facilities include an auditorium which seats 800 and a hall seating 400. Sports facilities include basketball and volleyball courts and an Astroturf stadium used for hockey, rugby, football, handball, and cricket. There is also a sand court used for beach volleyball, Kabaddi, long jump, and short put. Some facilities are shared among the various divisions of St. Joseph's.[5][6] There is also a swimming pool and academy on campus.[7] A tour of the high school is available online.[8]


School organizations and clubs include: Christian Life Community, National Army, Navy and Air Force Cadet Corps, Band and Music, Young Students Movement (cultural activities and leadership camps), ECO Club (waste disposal, water conservation, medicinal plants), Debating Association, Science Club (model making), Quiz Club, Information Technology (web designing and computer hardware), Hindi Chatra Mandal (writing, debate, poetics), Fine Arts (visit galleries and art schools), Philately and Numismatics.[9]

Sportswise, the school has done very well in hockey[10] and many students have excelled at the district, state, and national sports levels.[11]

Community College[edit]

The Community College was initiated in 2005 in the Ashirvad slum area for school drop-outs. In 2006 it was moved to the High School grounds. In 2010 its courses were all certified by Indira Gandhi National Open University, and since 2013 further diploma courses have been certified by the University Grants Commission. At its tenth anniversary in 2015 a sports and cultural fest was conducted at which the college magazine UJWALA appeared. Over 1,300 students have passed through the college, studying in the areas of skills and trades, hospitality, beauticians and fitness, IT/ITES, printing, electronics, multimedia and communication technology. Students have come from throughout Karnataka and beyond.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  2. ^ ": : Karnataka Jesuits". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  3. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  4. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  5. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  6. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  7. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  8. ^ Yaseer Alam (2011-04-17), St. Joseph's Indian High School.m4v, retrieved 2017-08-29 
  9. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  10. ^ "St Joseph's Indian High School, Rashtriya Military School champions – Georgians – Rashtriya Military School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  11. ^ "St. Joseph's Indian High School". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  12. ^ "St Joseph's Community College". Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
Coordinates: 12°58′10.65″N 77°35′42.05″E / 12.9696250°N 77.5950139°E / 12.9696250; 77.5950139