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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Edition 27: Loyola School



Called as education capital of India, Pune boasts of various education institutes which have became part of the history, in some or other way. One such school in our city is Loyola High School. Loyola High School is a Jesuit school, founded in 1961. Incidentally, this year marks the Golden Jubilee year of the school.

The school educates boys from standard 1 to 12, and the medium of instruction is English. It is named after Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The school is affiliated to the Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board. The course of studies includes Moral Instruction, Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, General Science, History,

Geography, Hindi, Marathi, English Language, English Literature, German, Computer Science, Geology and Physical Training.The school has some of the best academic and sports facilities in India. It is rated the third best school of India

a f t e r Ca thedral and John Connon School Mumbai. It is the PSAA (Pune Schools Athletic Association) Champions of U12, U14 Football Championships. They are also PSAA champions for chess in the city. Students and alumni of the school are called Loyolites. The school is located in the Pashan area. It is adjacent to the St. Josephs Girls School, and is located

about a kilometre away from the National Chemical Laboratory and the Armament Research and Development Establishment. On the other side of the hill flanking the school lies the Chaturshringi temple.

School classrooms are spacious and well ventilated, the library is a 2-floored well-stocked repository of books spanning a wide variety of topics, and science and computer labs are equipped with the latest equipment. The auditorium has a

full stage, complete with lighting, and balcony seating. Sports facilities include a 25-meter swimming pool, diving pool, children’s pool, basketball courts, volleyball court, football and hockey fields. The swimming pool complex was completed in 1971. Loyola remains one of the few schools in Pune with a 400m Olympic size track for athletics.It gives its students

the best opportunities for education, sports.It is one of the best schools in Pune. Fr. James Thorat, S.J. is the Principal of the school.

When the school was formed, the area had no English medium schools for boys. So with little more than a dream, a lease land from the National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR) and a pocketful of generous donations, Fr. R. Schoch and his team set about building the school on hostile, hilly terrain. It was infested with snakes and scorpions, and used an approach road

that had been carved out for purposes of transporting stone from a nearby quarry. This road was later re-routed. The school will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee in the year 2010- 11. As a fitting memorial for this important milestone in the School's

history, the Mangement with school committee has decided to build a new School hall in Honour of Fr. R. Schoch, its Founder and Visionary.

The proposed hall will have a seating capacity of 1000. It will also have other facilities like badminton and table tennis courts etc.It will be one of the biggest school halls in Pune.

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