St. Xavier's School, Ranchi

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St. Xavier's School
Doranda, Ranchi
Emblem, St. Xavier's
Ranchi, Jharkhand
Type Private, Jesuit (Catholic)
Motto Courage to excel by all
Established 1960; 57 years ago (1960)
Principal Fr. Ajit Kumar Xess
Gender All Boys (Class K.G to Class 10) Co-Ed (Class 11&12)
Number of students 2100+
Senior Section, St. Xaviers

St. Xavier's School in Doranda, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India was founded in 1960.[1] It is named after Saint Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order).


This school was started in response to a request from the professional community of Heavy Engineering Corporation, Hindustan Steel Ltd., and the National Coal Development Corporation, in 1960.

The motto of the school was coined in Sanskrit by Fr. C. Bulcke, when Courage to Excel by All was considered a contribution towards the building up of one country and one nation.[2]

The school is run by the Society of Jesus and provides education for about 1,000 students from kindergarten to standard 12. Plus two (+2) was started in 2000 and was run under the guidance of the late Hira Prasad. The Plus two section is co-educational, otherwise the school is boys-only until standard 10.

Until about 1976 the school followed the Cambridge Higher Secondary curriculum and now follows the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education[3] (ICSE) curriculum. Many students from the school leave to join St. Xavier's College, Ranchi or other schools offering education beyond standard 10. The school feeds students into the engineering colleges (IITs and BIT, NIT's, KIIT, etc.) and medical colleges of India.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Students and alumni are referred as Xaverians or DOXs.[5] The Old Xaverians are mainly networked through their Yahoo group.[6] The alumni meet in locations like Mumbai, Delhi, San Francisco, and Singapore,[7] besides the get-togethers at Ranchi.

St Xavier's Doranda is a part of the Jesuit Alumni Association of India. Recently in a national survey, it got the silver medal (2nd position) in whole of India.[8]

Films, entertainment, arts[edit]

  • Abhishek Chaubey (1993 batch): "Omkara" (screenplay, dialogue, associate director); "Maqbool" & "Makdee" (associate director); "The Blue Umbrella" (associated director & screenplay); "Ishqiya" (director & screenplay writer); "dedh ishqiya" (director)
  • Shiney Ahuja[9]
  • Vishal A. Singh (1992 batch): "Jazbaa" (Creative Producer)



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