St. Xavier's, Hazaribagh
|St.Xavier's School, Hazaribagh|
|Mottos||Inveritate et Caritate, Parhit Dharm|
|Campus||15 acres, urban|
|Principal||Fr. P.J. James, SJ|
St. Xavier’s School was established in 1952 by the Australian Jesuit missionary Fr. John Moore. He was then 32 years old and later went on to win the National Teachers Award, even as the school he founded gained a reputation as one of the best in eastern India.
In its initial years the school was linked to Loyola School, Jamshedpur. The first batch of pupils sat for the University of Cambridge Overseas School Certificate examination at Hazaribagh in 1955. The school was all-boys until 1995 when it became co-educational. After 1997 the school affiliated with the CBSE school board and prepared students for both 10th and 12th level examinations.
The school has a sprawling campus of 33 acres (130,000 m2) with lush green grounds and parks. The built-up area is divided into blocks, Junior School, Middle School, and Senior School. Balmoral field is the football grounds and hosts the annual Fr. John Moore soccer competition, attracting teams from throughout Jharkhand.
Hazaribagh Old Xaverians Association (HOXA) is the official alumni organization for the school. It organized a Golden Jubilee celebration in 2008 with alumni gatherings at Hazaribagh, Calcutta, Delhi, Chennai, and Pune.
On 26–28 January 2012 they had a Diamond Jubilee (60 years) celebration that led to a new website. On www.hoxa.org are a class-wise listing of 7000+ alumni who have appeared for the school boards since 1955; thousands of photos in multiple albums, including those related to HOXA reunions; a collection of old and current school magazines and newsletters; audio and video material. Of special note is its video documenting the history of the school. The website attracts over 1650 active users, including current and past teachers, and has a message center that allows all to interact.
The Art and Science exhibition is hosted biennially under the title "Parwaz: The Flight of Creativity".