Sunday, the 11th of June 1961 was damp from the monsoon showers. In front of an unfinished building, amongst bricks, heaps of sand and bulldozers stood a motley group of boys, girls and teachers listening to Fr. Schoch as he announced that Loyola High School had been officially inaugurated. This first assembly lasted 2 hours, at the end of which Fr. Schoch declared a holiday. This, according to one of those first students, received enthusiastic applause from Fr. Rehm, the first Principal!
At the time, the area had no English medium schools for boys. So with little more than a dream, a lease of land from the National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR) and a pocketful of generous donations, Fr. 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 and what we see today is a magnificent tree lined driveway leading up to the school.
- State Board
- Day School
- Boys Only
- School provides transportation
- 1 to XII grade
- Maharashtra State Board Board
- English Medium
- Boys School
- Grades: 1-12
- School Day: Monday - Friday
- Timing: 8.30am - 3.40pm
- Gender: Boys Only
- Religion: All
- Principal: Fr. James Thorat, S.J.
- Curriculum: State Board
- Language: English
- Fees: Primary, Secondary and Junior College fees are to be paid in the school office between 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon on the due dates.Those who can afford it, are requested to pay the fees for the whole year in advance, otherwise you are requested to pay for 6
Loyola is proud of its sprawling campus, and offers infrastructure that is acknowledged as one of Pune’s best. Set in the verdant surroundings of the Pashan hills and far from the hustle and bustle, the large grounds house the School & Junior College, the Fathers House, a large auditorium and adjacent library, and accommodation for teachers and staff.
A strong emphasis is placed on Co-curricular activities and to this end there are extensive amenities on offer, which include -
- An Olympic sized (400 m) running track set on the main ground fronting the school
- 3 swimming pools - a paddling pool for young boys, a pool for lane swimming and a separate diving pool
- Facilities for training in cross-country running
- A football ground
- Basketball courts for seniors and juniors
- A well equipped library
- Modern and technically up-to-date laboratories for experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
- A music room
- An Arts and Crafts facility with coaching available for students wishing to take the Elementary and Intermediate Art Examinations.
- An airy canteen set in a garden
- E - Learning
Extra Curricular Activities
Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), previously known as Extra-Curricular Activities serve to promote a variety of activities which all school students must attend alongside the standard study curriculum. Loyola High School believes that CCAs are an essential means to instill active social interaction and holistic education in a student. CCAs also promote the formation and growth of other important qualities such as leadership, healthy recreation, self-discipline and self-confidence.
The scope of CCAs is wide due to a nearly in-exhaustive list of interests. CCAs are held during and outside standard school hours and the activities depend on the nature of CCA. In addition, students are given some responsibilities, providing important training to prepare them for the adult world.
Initially the school was populated with students from other Jesuit schools who filled vacancies in the junior classes. Std VI had 15 students in each division and this was the case of the higher classes as well. The first batch of Std X students passed out in 1962. The school had eleven standards and Std X and XI were ‘co-ed’ till 1965 – to accommodate girls from the adjacent St. Joseph School, still under construction. The school even had a degree college up to Second Year B.Sc. till 1975. The Junior College was added when the Maharashtra State Board switched to the 10+2 system.