St Patrick's High School, Karachi
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|St Patrick's High School|
|Motto||Per Aspera Ad Astra (Latin)|
"Through hardships to the stars"
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi|
|Established||16 January 1861|
|Founder||Rev Joseph A. Willy SJ|
|Principal||Sr. Margaret Madden|
|Affiliations||The Roman Catholic Church|
St Patrick's High School is a Roman Catholic educational institution located in Saddar Town, Karachi, Pakistan. Founded in 1861 by the Jesuits, the institution is the second-oldest school in the city. Since 1950, it has been run by the diocesan clergy of the Archdiocese of Karachi.
For the last 150 years, the school has produced well-known leaders and public figures, including two Presidents and two Prime Ministers of Pakistan, two Chief Ministers of Sindh, one deputy prime minister (of India) two Cardinals of the Catholic Church, and several Mayors of Karachi.
The school was established on May 6, 1861, and officially registered as a high school in 1867. Its founder was Rev. Joseph A. Willy of the Society of Jesus (the "Jesuits"), who controlled the school till June 1935. It was then taken over by the Franciscan order until 6 October 1950. Since 1950, it has had Pakistani principals belonging to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi.
Fr Stephen Raymond, a diocesan priest, became the first Pakistani principal of his alma mater in 1950. The era of Fr Raymond as principal from 1950 to 1974 is referred by many old students as the "golden era" of St Patrick's. Fr Raymond is credited with constructing the Cambridge Building (1950), St Patrick's College (1952), the Teachers' Training College (1959), the first School Auditorium (1972). The school celebrated its centenary in 1962 with the President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan as the Chief Guest.
St Patrick's High School was one of the few private educational institutes that escaped nationalization in 1972.
On 6 May 2011, the former students of the school instituted the Father Stephen Raymond Gold Medal to be awarded to the top student from the Commerce Section, as part of the 150th anniversary of the school.
History was made again when Sister Margaret Madden became the first female principal of the School on 6 February 2017.
- Fr. Joseph Willy SJ 1861-65
- Fr. Basilius Haefly SJ 1865-1867
- Fr. Anselm Leiter SJ 1867-68
- Fr. Nicolas Pagani SJ 1868-72
- Fr. George Bridges SJ 1872-74
- Fr. Joseph Nueckel SJ 1874-76
- Fr. Francis Belz SJ 1876-87
- Fr. A. Bruder SJ 1887-94
- Fr. H. Jurgens SJ 1894-97
- Fr. A. Martins SJ 1897-1901
- Fr. C. Flick SJ 1901-04
- Fr. J. Meyer SJ 1904-09
- Fr. S. Boswin SJ 1909-21
- Fr. Hoogewerf SJ 1921-26
- Fr. Vincent Gimenez SJ 1926-35
- Fr. Achilles Meersman OFM 1935–38
- Fr. Hermes Kersten OFM 1938-1939
- Fr. Modestine Pöttgens OFM 1939-1948
- Fr. Achilles Meersman OFM 1948-50
- Stephen Raymond -1950-1975
- Anthony Theodore Lobo – principal 1975–1993
- Oswin Mascarenhas - 1993 to 2000
- Joseph Paul – principal 2000–2009
- Lawerence Manuel FSC 2016-17
- Patrick Mendes – Olympic hockey player; teacher for over 50 years
- Jacob Harris
- O. B. Nazareth
- Liberius Pieterse – translator of the Bible into Urdu
- D'Arcy D'Souza – principal
- Joseph Cordeiro – first Cardinal of Pakistan
- Katie Gomes, awarded Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal for 50 Years of Service in Catholic Education.
- Fr J B Todd
- Norma Fernandes – recipient, Tamgha-i-Imtiaz for 50 years of service to education
- James deSouza – priest for over 50 years
- Anthony Theodore Lobo – former Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi
- Joseph Paul – principal
- Yolande Henderson – former headmistress of the O' Levels
- Hilda Pereira, teacher for nearly 50 years
- Lal Krishna Advani – former Deputy Prime Minister of India; co-founder, Bharatiya Janata Party in India
- Shaukat Aziz – former Prime Minister of Pakistan
- Khurshid Kasuri, former Pakistani Foreign Minister
- Nabil Gabol – Federal Minister and politician
- Manuel Misquita – former Mayor of Karachi
- Yusuf Mahmood – Governor of West Pakistan
- Asif Ali Zardari – former President of Pakistan; co-chairman, of Pakistan Peoples Party
- Muhammad Khan Junejo – former Prime Minister of Pakistan
- Muhammad Ayub Khuhro – Chief Minister of Sindh
- Yusuf Haroon – former Chief Minister of Sindh
- Jam Sadiq Ali – former Chief Minister of Sindh
- Jam Yousuf Ali – former Chief Minister of Balochistan
- Meer Hazaar Khan Bijrani – former federal minister
- Pir Mazhar Ul Haq – senior minister of education
- Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri – Foreign Minister of Pakistan from 2002 to 2007
- Pervez Musharraf – former President of Pakistan, founder of All Pakistan Muslim League
- Syed Murad Ali Shah – Chief Minister of Sindh (since 2016)
Academics and researchers
- Pervez Musharraf – former Chief of Army Staff; President of Pakistan
- Rashid Minhas – Nishan-i-Haider recipient
- Azim Daudpota – former Governor of Sindh; former managing director, Pakistan International Airlines
- Lt. Gen. E. A. Vas, PVSM (retired Indian Army)
- Jehangir Karamat – former Chief of Army Staff
- Farooq Feroze Khan – former Chief of Air Staff
- Admiral Khalid Meer
- Lt. Gen. Muzaffar Hussain Usmani
- Vice Admiral Ahmad Hayat
- Air Vice Marshal Erlich Pinto – Indian Air Force
- Squadron Leader Peter Christy – Sitara-e-Jurat recipient
- Brigadier Mervyn Cardoza – Tamgha-e-Khidmat recipient
- G. M. Lobo – former High Court Judge
- Edward Raymond – former High Court Judge
- Herman Raymond – former High Court Judge
- Imdad Agha – High Court Judge
- Zahid Aslam – High Court Judge
- Justice Valliani – High Court Judge
- Wajihuddin Ahmed – Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court
- Justice Ajmal Mian – former Chief Justice of Pakistan
- Cardinal Valerian Gracias – former Archbishop of Bombay and first Asian Cardinal
- Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro – First Cardinal of Pakistan
- Angelo Fernandes – Archbishop of New Delhi
- Simeon Anthony Pereira – Archbishop of Karachi (1994–2002)
- Anthony Theodore Lobo – Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi
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