Jamshedpur, Nov 30: The platinum jubilee year of Loyola School, Jamshedpur is proving to be its most eventful. In a recent nationwide survey conducted by leading education newsmagazine, Education World India, Loyola School, Jamshedpur, has been ranked among the country’s top 100 schools. The survey was conducted as part of the annual EducationWorld India School Rankings (EWISR) 2021-22. In the top 100 list, Loyola has scored 87th rank.
Father Pius Fernandes, principal, Loyola School: “Loyola has once again proved to be one of the best institutions in the country. Our teachers, staff, management and students are the reason behind our success. I would like to thank each one of them”.
The survey was carried on different parameters that included academic reputation, co-curricular education, sports education, quality of teachers, teacher-pupil ratio, value for money, leadership quality, parental involvement, infrastructure, quality of alumni, reputation for integrity and selectivity (ease and transparency) of admission.
Loyola School that started in 1947 with only 34 boys is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee this year. The school was founded in January 1947, by two Jesuits from Kolkata, Fr. Cecil Leeming and Fr. Robert Drugman. Loyola was given 3.5 acres of land which once housed the ChotaNagpur Regiment Club (CNR). Hindi classes were held in a small school bus while the CNR Club hall housed several classes at the same time.
The Tatas had requested the Jesuit Fathers from Maryland, U.S.A., to come to Jamshedpur to manage Loyola. Five American fathers come from the United States under the Rector Superior Father Caroll I. Fasy. The fathers are given the Chotanagpur Regiment Club (CNR Club) and the land around it to ‘build’ the school on. The boundary walls of the school are the same from the time when the CNR club existed.
The Fathers lived in 43, Circuit House Area. Each year, one class was added on each side. So, originally, Loyola had 4th and 5th only. The next year, 1948, it had 3rd and 6th. To provide for extra classes, new classrooms were built. But this too, was not sufficient. So a new building came up. It was raised on the ‘once upon a time’ tennis courts of the CNR club. It is the present Loyola building.