Monday, 19 June 2017

Historical Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School and Jr. College of Commerce (1851), Mumbai

Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School , Mumbai, Justdial

Because of colonial rule before 1947, India has lots of old English medium schools across the land. . Invariably, most of them were started by Christian fathers and Jesuits to impart western education in a traditional Indian atmosphere. Bombay (Mumbai) was once the capital of Bombay Presidency founded by the East India Company. With the arrival of more Europeans and missionaries, across India lots of schools sprang up. Bombay was not an exception.

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Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School (A.D.H.S) and Jr. College of Commerce (A.D.H.S.J.C.C) (commonly known as A.D.H.S.) is a popular institution in Maharastra. Located in Dadar, Mumbai, India, it is a semi-private Government, Boys, day school  and  was founded in 1851 by Dr Antonio Da Silva and Rev. John Braz Fernandees under the name St. Johna high school. In 1875, Da Silva set aside his big estate for the school development and expansion. 

The school not only has a hoary past but also has continued to have its own tradition and academic excellence. The school offers classes  from kindergarten up to class 12. The medium of instruction  being  English, the school has a strength of roughly  6,000 pupils  between the age of 3 to 18.
 The school (Shivaji Park) has a technical curriculam and it was started  from Standard VII in June 1963. In June 1971,it became a full-fledged  independent Technical High School.  In 1975 came up the  Junior College of both the Commerce and Technical schools, offering courses in sciences, vocational courses like electrical related training, scooter repairs. mechanical  maintenance, etc.

Dr. Antonio Da Silva High School, Mumbai Justdial

The school prepares students  for the Secondary School Certificate Examination (with technical subjects) and Higher Secondary Certificate (with science / vocational science subjects) of the Maharashtra State Board. The school follows the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (SSC) & (HSC) syllabus. Marathi, Hindi and French are taught as second languages. English, Marathi and Hindi are taught from class 1 to class 12. The school offers field trips, camps and social service visits to get the students acqauinted with the outside world. Extra-curricular activities include  various club activities such as
the Nature Club, Interact Club, Science Club, Scouts and Guides, etc.

The school  buildings include the office heritage block, heritage block, center block, sorts complex and play grounds. The school offers indoor and outdoor games to the students.  The school and college are Roman Catholic institutions and are being managed by the Society of Jesus with a governing body. The school has an excellent libraary facility, containing more than 20,000 books  for the use of students.

 The school follows House System and the purpose is to develop  collective responsibility and solidarity among students. The four houses compete in various fields and each house is led by a captain . The houses also coordinate with each other on matters related to education, sports, social activities, etc.This develops  tolerance and comity among the members

 Tit-bits: 

01. A bomb exploded outside the school on 3 July 2011 at 19:06 IST. It was believed to be the third explosive device of the 2011 Mumbai bombings set by a group of religious terrorists. In its wake scores of people lost their lives. The device was planted on an electric utility pole near the school at the bus stand  close to  Kabutar Khana. About 50 people were injured in the blast. Had the bomb had exploded five minutes earlier, thousands of students might have been injured. It was God's miracle, none from the school was injured.

02. The Alumni of this school include Indian politicians, business men and government officials  and they are referred to as Antonians