St Patrick's High School, Karachi

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Saint Patrick's High School
Per Aspera Ad Astra (Latin)
'Through hardships to the stars'
Saddar Town
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Denomination Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi
Founded 16th January 1861
Founder Fr. J. A. Wiley SJ
Principal Roman Rodriguez
Affiliations The Roman Catholic Church

St Patrick's High School is a Roman Catholic school located in Saddar Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The institution is the second oldest school in the city. For the last 150 years, the school has produced well known leaders and public figures; including two President and two Prime Ministers of Pakistan, two Chief Ministers of Sindh, two Cardinals of the Catholic Church, one Union Minister of India and several Mayors of Karachi. The school is owned by The Roman Catholic Church and managed by the Catholic Board of Education in Pakistan. The current Principal is Roman Rodriguez.


Teachers' Training College

St. Patrick’s was established on May 6, 1861, and officially registered as a high school in 1867. Its founder was Rev. J.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 till 6 October 1950. Since 1950 it has had Pakistani principals belonging to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi.[1]

Stephen Raymond 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 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.[2]

St. Patrick's High School was one of the few private educational institutes that escaped nationalization in 1972.[3]

To commemorate the 125 years of the School, the Pakistan Post Office issued a special stamp in 1987.[4]

On May 6, 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.[5]

Former Principals[edit]

Notable teachers[edit]

School Staff 1956
Matric Section Staff 1998

Notable alumni[edit]

Savio, Nobel Prize Laureate Lorenzo D'Silva, 9 times Ballond'Or Winner Kirsten Gonsalves, Professor Adeel Iqbal Legend.


Academics and researchers[edit]

  • Prof. Adil Najam, International Relations, Environment and Diplomacy scholar[19]
  • Eng.Izhar Haider, Founder of Shiekh Khalifa Bin Zayed Arab Pakistani School, Abu Dhabi
  • Dr Adil Haider, trauma surgeon and outcomes research scientist in the United States





  • G. M. Lobo, former High Court Judge[15]
  • Edward Raymond, former High Court Judge[15]
  • Herman Raymond, former High Court Judge[15]
  • lmdad Agha, High Court Judge[15]
  • Zahid Aslam, High Court Judge[15]
  • Justice Valliani, High Court Judge.[15]
  • Wajihuddin Ahmed, Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court[27]
  • Justice Ajmal Mian, former Chief Justice of Pakistan[16]

Civil service[edit]

  • Joseph D'MelIo, former Chairman of the Railway Board[15]





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