St Gregory's School (Dhaka)
St. Gregory's High School & College, Bangladesh, is a Catholic High School founded in Dhaka, British India, in 1882 by Father Gregory De Groote, a Belgian Benedictine priest. The school, located on Subhas Bose Avenue of Luxmibazar neighborhood of old Dhaka, was named after Pope Gregory I (540–604). Brother Prodip Placid Gomes C.S.C is the current headmaster of the school.
In 1888, the American priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross took over the Vicariate of East Bengal from the Benedictine Fathers. At the time, Mr. and Mrs. Wise — who were Protestants — ran a school at present Wiseghat area near the River Buriganga. In this school, most of the students were of European and Anglo-Indian Catholic communities. Anglican and Baptist pastors were allowed to teach religion at this school. Father Francis Boers,C.S.C. tried many times to be a teacher of Catholic religion to the Catholic students at the school, but was not allowed. Out of frustration, he started an English-medium school on the grounds of the present adjoining St. Francis Xavier's Convent and girls' high school, that came into being later. The renamed St. Gregory's School shifted to the present site in 1896.
Until 1912, both boys and girls were students of St. Gregory's High School. When St. Francis Xavier Girls' School came into being in 1912, it became a boys' school. After creation of Pakistan in 1947, the school started the Bengali medium section. After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, the school has only a Bengali medium section.
Early in 1914, a one story building was torn down to make room for the present “Darjeeling “building and the latrines. Also the scout troop, the first in Dhaka, was started and had 40 scouts. Bengali replaced Latin as a second language in 1915. Later that year Father Crowley resigned as headmaster.
Basketball was introduced into the school in 1923 which is believed to be the first time basketball was played in the country. In July 1923, Father Hennessy gained permission to change the European style school to the Education Board examination. On June 2, 1924, permanent recognition was granted to St. Gregory’s.
Professor Amartya Sen who won a Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998 had been a student of St. Gregory’s . During a visit to Dhaka on December 19, 1998, he visited the school of his childhood and was present at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school building.
Students of the school are known as " The Gregorians". The "Gregorian Association" is the official alumni club of this school.
Shaheed teachers and the Massacre in 1971
Mr. N.C. Sutradhar and Mr. D. N. Pal Choudhury, two of the three teachers of St. Gregory’s High School who were murdered by the occupying Pakistani army in 1971 were kidnapped from the school premises on 31 March 1971. The teachers were taken to a nearby army camp in Jagannath College. On that day, two of Mr. D.N. Pal's teenage sons, who were students of St. Gregory’s at the time, were also takeby by the Pak army and were murdered.
Mr. Monoranjan Poddar, a student of Jagannath College and Mr. Sutradhar’s brother-in-law was also kidnapped by the army from the school and was murdered on 31 March 1971. At least 30 other people were taken from St. Gregory’s High School that day who were also murdered by the army. Brother Robert Hughes, C.S.C., the headmaster of the school, tried to secure the two teachers’ release but failed.
The Pakistan army killed the retired teacher, Mr. Peter D'Costa, with 13 other villagers at Rangamatia Village of the then Dhaka District on November 26, 1971.
82 Municipal Street, Luxmibazar, Dhaka-1100
Co-curricular clubs of the school
These include Science, Debating, Quiz,Cultural, Chess, English and Ecology clubs.
- Fr.Gregory De Groote (1882-1888)
- Fr.F.A.Boeres CSC (1889-1910)
- Fr.J.Fieffer (1911)
- Rev.Fr.T.Crowly CSC (1912-1915)
- Fr.P.Boulay CSC (1916-1918)
- Fr.A.Blin CSC (1919-1921)
- Bro.Bertin CSC (1922-1924)
- Fr.Finner CSC (1925-1926)
- Bro.Anthony CSC (1926-1929)
- Rev.Bro.Walter CSC (1929-1933) & (1935-1937)
- Bro.Neil CSC (1934)
- Bro.John Heim CSC (1938)
- Bro.Bernadine CSC (1939-1940)
- Bro.Jude CSC (1940-1950)
- Bro.James CSC (1950-1955)
- Bro.Martinian CSC (1939-1940)
- Bro.Fulgence CSC (1957-1962)
- Bro.Thomas Moore CSC (1962-1968)
- Bro.Robert CSC (1968-1977)
- Fr.John Rozario CSC (1977-1981)
- Bro.Gerald Kraegar (1981-1992)
- Bro.Marcel Duchesne (1992-1995)
- Bro.Bijoy Rodrigues CSC (1995)
- Bro.J.S.Peixotto CSC (1998-2000)
- Bro.Robi Purification CSC (1995-2012)
- Bro.Prodip Placid Gomes CSC (2012-Present)
- Tajuddin Ahmad (first Prime Minister of Bangladesh)
- Dr. Kamal Hossain (former Law and Justice minister of Bangladesh)
- Dr. A. Q. M. Badruddoza Chowdhury (former President of Bangladesh)
- Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury (Foreign Affairs Advisor, People's Republic of Bangladesh)
- Hubert Costa (Member of Parliament of Poland)
- M. Osman Siddique (first U.S. ambassador to Fiji)
- A. K. Faezul Huq (former minister, lawyer, and freelance journalist)
- Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf (former Food and Disaster Management and Relief Minister of Bangladesh and politician)
- Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury (Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University, former Advisor of first Interim Government)
- Dr. Amartya Sen (World-renowned economist and Nobel Laureate in Economics—1998)
- Mustafa Zaman Abbasi (folk singer)
- Late Samar Das(Performing Arts in Bangladesh)
- Shahriar Kabir (writer and human rights activist)
- Qazi Anwar Hussain ( Founder of 'SEBA Prokashoni' and the creator of famous character 'Masud Rana')
- Bhanu Bandopadhyay (comedian)
- Tanim Sufyani (singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Vocals at Pledge Karma and formerly Stentorian)
- Kaykobad (famous bengali poet and the writer of an epic named `MOHA-SHOSHAN')
- Ali Zaker (eminent actor and TV personality).
- Mahfuz Anam (editor of The Daily Star).
- Fr. Francis T.S Crowley, the headmaster of St.Gregory's. First introduced basketball to Bangladesh in 1923.
- Scout Master Harnett (Pioneer of Scouting in Bangladesh, the movement started in 1914, under his direct supervision)
- Late Abdur Rahim (footballer and national coach of Bangladesh)
- Raqibul Hasan (first captain of Bangladesh Cricket Team)
- Shafiq-ul-Haq (Hira)(former Bangladesh Cricket Team captain and team manager)
- Raisuddin Ahmed (basketball player, sports organizer, lifetime member of ICC)
- Enamul Hossain Rajib (5th Grandmaster of Bangladesh)
- Ashraful Haque (former Bangladesh Cricketer, former chief-executive of Asian Cricket Council)
- It celebrates function of reunion