Wah Yan College, Kowloon

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Wah Yan College, Kowloon
Chinese: 九龍華仁書院
School Badge of Wah Yan College, Kowloon
56 Waterloo Road
Yau Ma Tei
Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°18′52″N 114°10′25″E / 22.314577°N 114.17351°E / 22.314577; 114.17351
School type Grant-in-aid, Secondary school
Motto In Hoc Signo Vinces
("In this sign you will conquer"[1])
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1924; 94 years ago (1924)
Founder Tsui Yan Sau Peter
Status Open
Authority Society of Jesus
School code WYK
President Rev. Fr. Stephen S. Y. Chow, S.J. (Supervisor)
Principal Mr Chung Wai-leung, Warren
Grades F.1 – F.6 (Formerly F.1 - F.7)
Gender Male
Language English
Campus size 41,000 m2 (440,000 sq ft)
School colour(s) Green
Sports Athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, orienteering, swimming, table tennis, ice hockey, water polo, tennis
Yearbook The Shield
Alumni See below
Brother school Wah Yan College, Hong Kong

Wah Yan College, Kowloon (WYK; Traditional Chinese: 九龍華仁書院; Jyutping: gau2 lung4 wa4 jan2 syu1 jyun2, demonym: Wahyanite, pl.: Wahyanites) is a Roman Catholic secondary school for boys run by the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus. Located at 56 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, it is a grant-in-aid secondary school using English as the primary medium of instruction.

Wah Yan College, Kowloon


According to its website,[2] WYK strives to give students the opportunity to know Christ, to provide a school/learning community of co-operation and respect, to inspire students to work for a just society and service of those most in need. The main focus of the school's mission from 2009-2014 is to enhance the learning capacity of the students.[3]


Formative years[edit]

Established in 1924 by Mr. Peter Tsui Yan Sau (徐仁壽, formerly a teacher at St. Joseph's College), WYK is one of the oldest and most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong, and was the first English-speaking college to be administered by local Chinese. During the 1930s, Mr. Tsui, himself a devout Catholic, saw the need of the pupils for greater spiritual guidance, and decided to gradually hand over the administration to the incoming Jesuits who were looking to serve in some local educational establishments. Besides the Wah Yan Colleges in Hong Kong and Kowloon, the Jesuits also sought to form a Catholic University in Hong Kong. But with the University of Hong Kong already established in 1911, the Jesuit fathers turned to organizing a Catholic hostel for its male students, which became Ricci Hall of the University . Mr. Tsui left Hong Kong and became a successful rubber planter and hotelier in Kota Kinabalu, British North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia). He died in Hong Kong on 19 February 1981, at age ninety three.

Pre-war developments[edit]

Before the Second World War, the school was located on Portland Street and then moved to Nelson Street in 1928. Under the auspices of A. E. Wood, Secretary for Education, the school was added to the Grant List and hence under Government subsidies. A branch was opened on Austin Road to cater to students in senior year. The premises became Tak Sun Primary School after the war. A South China Morning Post article in 1928 reported WYK to be the largest school in Hong Kong with a student population of 500. Despite new facilities, however, seniors had to cross Victoria Harbour for laboratory lessons at the Wah Yan College, Hong Kong.

In 1941 when Hong Kong was attacked by the Japanese forces, the Jesuits of the College helped organise the evacuation of the Kowloon civilians to the Island as they closed down the school. During the occupation, the Japanese prohibited its resumption on political grounds. The Nelson Street campus was so thoroughly looted that Mr. Chow Ching-nam (周淸霖), then Principal, could only salvage a small portion of school registers and documents, and the students had to bring in their own chairs when the College reopened after the war.

Expansion and maturity[edit]

Around 1947, the school authorities began the search for a new campus as its enrolment further increased. A proposed acquisition of a site on Ho Man Tin Hill Road was turned down. After negotiations with the Government of Hong Kong, a piece of former paddy field was granted and it moved to the current premises on Waterloo Road in 1952. This provision of land was large by Hong Kong standards, making WYK one of the largest campus in the urban Hong Kong area. This precedent was soon followed in the case of land provision for the Hong Kong campus, where the plot granted by the Government was also of significant size. The present campus was opened by the then Governor Sir Alexander Grantham in 1953. In 2005 a new annex of WYK was opened providing new science labs, a music room, a computer-assisted learning (CAL) room, and a student activity room.

Mr. Laurence Tam (譚志成), an arts teacher during the late 1960s, pioneered a new Chinese ink painting movement which he integrated in his curriculum experimentally. He left the school to work as a curator at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1971.

Photo taken from the West Gate, showing the main building (left)
with the new additions Law Ting Pong building (right)

Notable alumni[edit]



School Hymn

Our Captain and Our King

Verse 1

Our Captain and our King,
we kneel in love before Thee.
Our hearts in tribute bring
glad homage here to pay.
O do not Thou disdain the gift
so mean, so poor;
More precious far we fain
would offer and more pure.


Our deep love, O Lord,
till this our life is o'er.
Be Thine forever more,
be Thine forever more,
Yes, Thine forever more.

Verse 2

Grant us, we pray, Thy cause
to champion, though so lowly,
Nor ever fail nor pause,
when trials throng and press.
O God of battle, smite,
and nerve us for the fray;
O Prince of Peace,
Thy light can ev'ry toil repay.



  • MAK Tak Wah (class of 1962), scientist (discoverer of T cell receptors, a key component of the human immune system),[5][6][7]
  • TSO Wung-Wai, an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, also an active politician in Hong Kong
  • WONG John Y. (黃宇和), Emeritus Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
  • Leung Tsang is presently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Leung Tsang was born in Hong Kong. He completed High School at Wah Yan College, Kowloon, Hong Kong. He received the SB, SM, EE, and Ph.D. degrees all from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an Assistant/Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 1980-1983. He was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1983-2014, and was the Department Chair of UWEE in 2006-2011. Between 2001-2004, he was on leave from University of Washington and was a Professor Chair at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the City University of Hong Kong. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing in 1996-2000. He was the President of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society 2006-2007. Since April 2008, he has been the President of the Electromagnetics Academy, Cambridge, Massachusetts.[8]
  • Dr SO Ting Pat Albert 蘇廷弼.

Art and performance[edit]

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