St Patrick's High School, Karachi
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|St. Patrick's High School|
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
|Motto||Per Aspera Ad Astra (Latin)
"Through hardships to the stars"
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi|
|Established||January 16, 1861|
|Founder||Fr. Joseph A. Willy SJ|
|Principal||Sister Margaret Madden|
|Affiliations||The Roman Catholic Church|
St. Patrick's High School is a highly selective Roman Catholic educational institution located in Saddar Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Founded in 1861 by the Jesuits, the institution is the second-oldest school in the city. From 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 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 principal is Sr. Margaret Madden.
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 till 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 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 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.
History was made again when Sr. Margaret Madden became the first female principal of the School on 6 February 2017.
- Patrick Mendes – Olympic hockey player; teacher for over 50 years
- Fr. Achilles Meersman OFM – principal 1935–38
- 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.
- Stephen Raymond – principal for 25 years
- Fr J B Todd
- Simon D'Lima – maths teacher
- 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
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- 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
- Aneel Ahsan Khan – former Senior Network Engineer, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
- 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
- Wallis Mathias – Test cricketer
- Danish Kaneria – Test cricketer
- Javed Miandad – Test cricketer
- Antao D'Souza – Test cricketer, made his debut against West Indies in 1959 at Karachi
- Haider Ali (cricketer) – Test cricketer
- Wasim Bari – Test cricketer
- Faisal Iqbal – Test cricketer
- 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
- Cincinnatus Fabian D'Abreo, founder of Cincinnatus Town
- Jerome D'Silva – Hussain-D'Silva Construction Co.
- Sikandar Sultan – managing director, Shan Food Industries
- Menin Rodrigues – chief executive officer, Shamrock Communications
- Roland deSouza – partner in Fahim, Nanji & deSouza; environmental advocate
- Omar Janjua – president and chief executive officer, The Krystal Co. United States
- Quentin D’Silva – former chairman and chief executive, Shell Pakistan Limited
- Edward D'Cruz – former principal, St. Xavier's College, Bombay
- Leo D'Souza – former principal, DJ Science College, Karachi
- Oswin Mascarenhas –principal, St. Patrick's College 1971–1975; principal, St Patrick's High School 1993–2000
- Leon Menezes – Professor of Practice, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
- Dr Asif Farrukhi – writer, editor, translator, and a physician by training; Interim Dean & Associate Professor School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Habib University
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