St. Lawrence High School, Kolkata

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St. Lawrence High School
27 Pramathesh Barua Sarani
(formerly Ballygunge Circular Road)

Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Type Jesuit, Catholic
Motto "For God and Country"
Established January  1937; 80 years ago (1937-01)
Founder Fr. Lawrence Rodrigues, SJ
Rector Fr. Joseph C. De Souza, S.J.
Principal Fr. Sebastian James, SJ
VP: Fr. Joseph Chulandai, SJ
Staff 84 teachers (including primary)
Enrollment 3,000 (including primary)
Campus 6.5 acres (26,000 m2)
Houses Loyola, Xavier, Britto, Aloysius
Color(s) Blue, green, red, yellow
Athletics Football, cricket, basketball
Nickname Lawrencian
Yearbook The Lawrencian
Affiliations West Bengal Board of Secondary and Higher-Secondary Education
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St. Lawrence High School is an English and Bengali language Jesuit secondary school for boys in Kolkata, India, which includes boarding facilities. The school was started in 1810 in Baithakhana as an elementary school which later came to be known as St. John Chrysostom School. It was re-founded in January 1937 by Jesuit Fr. Lawrence Rodriques as St. Lawrence High School. Around 2,300 students are enrolled.


St.Lawrence High School traces its roots to an elementary school at the Church of Our Lady of Dolours at Baithakkhana, Sealdah, in 1810. In 1855 it was known as St. John Chrysostom’s School and prepared students for the Lower Primary Examination. In 1902 it became the site of St. Ann’s Orphanage and included Upper Primary School; teaching was in Bengali but instruction in English was included. In 1913 teaching turned to English and boys were prepared for the Junior Cambridge Course. In 1920 the University of Calcutta recognized Chrysostom as a high school, with its first graduation in 1922. At that time the school at 126 Bow Bazar Street occupied one floor of a building that had a printery on the ground floor and the top floor housed boarders; it had no playground. In the 1930s Fr. Lawrence Rodriques S.J. held Sunday raffles to purchase St. Xavier's College land at Ballygunge. In January 1937 he was able to open a large new school there, featuring tall eucalyptus trees, a flower garden, and playground. Rodrigues rechristened the school after his namesake, Lawrence of Rome.[1]

The 1950s saw the addition of a primary school block and Jesuit residence, and a National Cadet Corps Air Wing arrived on campus. In 1976 the Higher Secondary Department was opened with majors in commerce and in science. In 1981 the boarding school, formerly on the top floor of the school, was built on the site of the former swimming pool, and the chapel moved to that building. In 1984 the school library was opened and two years later a special computer room. In 2014 Wavreil conference and meeting hall was added.[1]

The school maintains as a goal to uplift the poor, to show equal respect for all castes, creeds, and social strata, and to promote unity in diversity.[1] It would implement the Jesuit ideal of forming “persons for and with others.”[2]


St. Lawrence is a private, unaided, primary through higher secondary school for boys, with English as the medium of instruction. It has about 28 teachers and 22 classrooms at the secondary level,[3] with computer-aided learning.[4] Students are organized into four "houses" which integrate primary and high school students.[5]

In 2017 Lawrence High celebrated in a big way the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (April 6) and also. along with its alumni association,[6] sponsored an art contest for Jesuit schools worldwide on the theme of Olympic Games and Peace.[7] In 2016 a group of students enjoyed a one-week, educational trip to China hosted by the Chinese Consul General His Excellency Mr. Ma Zhanwu.[8]

Cricket, soccer, and basketball are the main school sports.[9] The school has also had a championship rowing team.[10] Extracurricular activities include speech and debate, drama, music, and choir.[11] Dozens of videos of student activities are available on the web,[12] as well as a tour of the facility.[13][14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Coordinates: 22°31′43.39″N 88°21′20.88″E / 22.5287194°N 88.3558000°E / 22.5287194; 88.3558000


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  2. ^ "Men for Others". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Teaching staff". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  4. ^ "St. Lawrence High School, Ward-69, Kolkata - West Bengal". iCBSE. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  5. ^ "houses". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Expression 2017 - A report |". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  7. ^ "International Day of Sport for Development and Peace observed by St. Lawrence High School - Educate Magis". Educate Magis. Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  8. ^ "Trip to China". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  9. ^ "Sports". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Rowing 2014, 2015: Bengal and All India K.C. Mahindra Invitational". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Activities". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  12. ^ "St. Lawrence High School, Kolkata - Mashpedia Free Video Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  13. ^ "Shots on campus". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
  14. ^ "Picture tour". Retrieved 2017-08-23. 
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  16. ^ "TKG Linkedin". Linkedin.