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St. Xavier's Collegiate School

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Type  Private
Established  16 January 1860
Headquarters  Kolkata
Number of students  2,300
Religious affiliation(s)  Roman Catholic
Session  April–March
Founded  16 January 1860
Parent organization  University of Calcutta
St. Xavier's Collegiate School
Motto  Nihil Ultra (Latin) (Nothing Beyond)
Vice Principal (S)  Fr. Joseph Kulandai, S.J.
Sports  Basketball, Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Table tennis, Rowing
Notable alumni  Jagdish Chandra Bose, Utpal Dutt, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Sanjiv Goenka, Vijay Mallya
Similar  St Xavier's College‑Autonomous - Mumbai, University of Calcutta, Presidency University - Kolkata, Jadavpur University, Scottish Church College

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St. Xavier's Collegiate School (informally SXCS) is an independent private day school for boys located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was founded in 1860 by the Jesuits, and it is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit saint of the 16th century, who traveled to India. The school completed its sesquicentennial year in 2010.


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The school was founded in 1860 by the Jesuits, an all-male Catholic religious order formed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The school is named after Francis Xavier, the 16th century Spanish Jesuit saint. The founder of the school is Fr. Henri Depelchin. He oversaw most of the groundwork, during the early years.

San Souci theatre

30 Park Street (now Mother Teresa Sarani), Kolkata-700016, is where the San Souci theatre was. A fire broke out in 1843, leaving nothing but ashes. This same address was later bought by seven Jesuits, who had arrived from Belgium. This is where the present day campus stands.

Foundation years

The present imposing five-storied building was built in six years, from 1934 to 1940 at a cost of Rs 9 lakhs, which was collected partly from the public of Calcutta, assistance from Belgium, and the huge rental received from the American army that occupied the building during the second World War. Expansion of the school has been a ceaseless effort, with a campus slated to come up in Salt Lake City, Kolkata and a second boys' hostel not far from the existing one.

A commemorative stamp was issued by the Indian Post on 12 April 1985 depicting the campus, thus recognising the school's contribution to society.

Notable alumni

  • Dhritiman Chatterjee, actor
  • Utpal Dutt, actor
  • Raj Kapoor, actor
  • Dilshad Khan, Hindustani classical singer
  • Derek O'Brien, Barry O'Brien and Neil O'Brien, quizmasters
  • Norman Pritchard, dual silver medalist, 1900 Paris Olympics
  • Sanjeev Sanyal, economist
  • Siddhartha Shankar Ray, barrister, former Chief Minister of West Bengal and former Indian Ambassador to the US
  • General Shankar Roychoudhury, former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army
  • Huseyn Suhrawardy, fifth Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Satyendranath Tagore, first Indian to join the Indian Civil Service, elder brother of Rabindranath
  • Shashi Tharoor, former UN undersecretary, former External Affairs minister
  • Aditya Vikram Birla, industrialist
  • Jagadish Chandra Bose, scientist, Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Barun De, historian; chairman, West Bengal Heritage Commission, Calcutta
  • Sourav Ganguly, former Indian cricket captain
  • P. Lal, writer
  • Aditya Vikram Sengupta, filmmaker and artist
  • Rabindranath Tagore, writer, 1875 Nobel Laureate
  • Jyoti Basu, longest serving Chief Minister of West Bengal, India
  • Kaushik Basu, current senior vice-president and chief economist of the World Bank
  • Sanjiv Goenka, vice chairman, RPG Enterprises
  • Mahan Maharaj, mathematician, Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar award winner
  • References

    St. Xavier's Collegiate School Wikipedia