St. Mary's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School

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St. Mary's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School
St.Mary's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School.jpg
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Type Private secondary school
Motto in pursuit of excellence
Established 1839
Principal Rev. Fr. Francis sundaraj
Faculty 40
Grades 3 - 12
Number of students 1700
Houses Anthony (amber), Bosco (blue), Gabriel (green) and Rua (red)
School colour(s) Green, red, blue and yellow

St. Mary's Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School is a Salesians of Don Bosco run higher secondary school for boys located on Armenian Street, Broadway in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is located opposite Chennai High Court and adjacent to St.Mary's Co-Cathedral.

The school is one of the oldest schools in India. It is also one of the first five schools to be set up during the British period.


Saint Mary's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School was founded in 1839 by the Rt. Rev. Joseph Carew, D.D., for the purpose of affording the Catholic youth of Madras an education. It was known for nearly 44 years as St. Mary's Seminary and Day School. The first Principal was very Rev. Dr. William Kelly of Maynooth. The school celebrated its 175th year celebrations recently.


The school's motto is "Viriliter Age" - Latin for "Act Like A Man".

School anthem[edit]

God bless St.Mary's school that we love,
Stand beside her, and guide her,
To do the right, by the light from above;
In the classrooms, on the play-fields,
'Long the roadways, where we roam,>
God bless St.Mary's our school, our Home>
God bless St.Mary's our school, our Home


  • Rev. Fr. Francis
  • Rev. Fr. George Patrick Whyte (1956-1971)

Rev. Fr. John Peter

  • Rev. Fr. Joseph Berkmans
  • Rev. Fr. K.J.Anthony
  • Rev. Fr. Jayaprakash Reddy
  • Rev. Fr. Paulraj Maniam
  • Rev. Fr. sibby mathew

Rev. Fr. Gregory Devarajan

Rev.Fr.Francis Sundaraj


There are 483 members in the Alumni Association of St. Mary’s, which has meetings on the second Saturday of each month. There are 6 office-bearers and 12 councillors of the unit. Alumni Day is celebrated annually on 2 October Some of the activities are: scholarships to deserving students, cash awards for outstanding athletes, Christmas Day celebrations to help poor students. The unit is attempting to procure a piece of land for the present pupils for games like volleyball and basketball.



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