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De Britto Hr.Sec.School  located at Ramnagar, Devakottai in Sivagangai District of Tamilnadu, South India is one of the pioneering institutions of Jesuit Madurai Province. It is located in a town environment surrounded by a number of villages. The School was established in 1943 with a view to cater to the needs of the people in the low rung of the society.

History

Rev.Fr.Bonoure, S.J., was a Jesuit priest. When he was the parish priest of Koothalur, he used to visit Devakottai often. The tiresome bullock cart journey made him rest for a while under tamarind tree along the road in Devakottai. One day while he was returning to his parish from Devakottai to Koothalur, he got a bright idea of establishing a school for the rural children of this area in memory of the Jesuit martyrs namely St.John De Britto. So he requested the then parish priest of Saruganei Rev.Fr.Planchard,S.J., to buy a suitable land for the same.
In 1940, he bought 24 acres of land and in 1941, he built a chapel, a presbytery, a school and finally a hostel. But he could not get recognition of the school until 1942 due to some reasons and Rev.Fr.Stanislaus Chockiah,S.J., with the influence of the then governor Sir Arthur Hope, was able to succeed in getting the recognition. Finally, the school was inaugurated on 8th June 1943.
Initially De Britto “Middle School” had the maximum strength of 228. Later on the school got permanent recognition in 1947 and the first batch of 25 students appeared for the SSLC exam in 1948. When Fr.Mathai was the Headmaster, the school was upgraded to a higher secondary school in 1978. The Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 1993 and the Diamond Jubilee in 2003.
This year, 2300 students (1200 dayscholars and 1100 Hostelers) are studying in our school and most of them are from in and around Devakottai. More than 60 teachers and 12 office staff are rendering their valuable service. The school consists of airy class rooms, well equipped labs, hostels, Language Resource Centre, well furnished exam halls and canteen. The students are mostly from rural areas and they are made to participate in various movements like NSS, NCC, SCOUT, LASAC, JRC, SUPAM, RRC, KWC, TLA etc. The school plays a vital role in shaping and moulding the character and lifestyle of the students. Our school is run by the Society of Jesus, popularly known as the Jesuits.

Footprints (1943 to till date)
Year Details
1940 24 acre land purchased by Rev.Fr.Bonoure, S.J
1941 Construction of Chapel, Residence, High School, Britto hostel Buildings
1942 Government Recognition got
1943 High School Commenced
1944 Temporary Recognition got
1947 Permanent Recognition obtained
1948 25 Students wrote SSLC Exam
1978 Upgraded to Higher Secondary
1993 Golden Jubilee
2003 Diamond Jubilee
2008 English Medium started
2014 Tagore Hall built
2014 New Entrance Erected
Administration
Rev.Fr.S.Joseph Kennedy, S.J
Superior
Rev.Fr.Dr. A.Lourdusamy, S.J.
Correspondent
Rev.Fr.P.Arockia Samy ,S.J
Headmaster
Rev.Fr. S. Babu Vincent Raja, S.J.
Procurator
Rev.Fr.Cyril, S.J
Director, Gansoville
Rev.Fr. Valan Arasu, S.J
Asst Director, Britto Hostel
Former Headmasters
# Former Headmasters Year
1 Rev.Fr.A.M.Chockiah, S.J 1943-46
2 Rev.Fr. JB.Arul Jegannathan, S.J                1946-47
3 Rev.Fr. AR.Doraiswamy, S.J 1947-51
4 Rev.Fr. Albert Machado, S.J 1951-58
5 Rev.Fr. Dominic Diaz, S.J 1958-62
6 Rev.Fr. M.J.Antonisamy, S.J 1962-65
7 Rev.Fr. X.S.Thangadurai, S.J 1965-71
8 Rev.Fr. TM.Mathai, S.J   1971-81
9 Rev.Fr.K.S.Arulanandam, S.J 1981-82
10 Rev.Fr. P.Arockiaraj, S.J 1982-85
11 Rev.Fr.J.M.Lourduraj, S.J              1985-88
12 Rev.Fr.D.Henry Amirtharaj, S.J   1988-91
13 Rev.Fr.A.Felix Joseph, S.J 1991-93
14 Rev.Fr.A.Maria Sigamani, S.J 1993-94
15 Rev.Fr.J.Fernandez, S.J 1994-00
16 Rev.Fr.Antony Arockiam, S.J        2000-04
17 Rev.Fr.Y.S.Yagoo, S.J      2004-05
18 Rev.Br.Kulandairaj, S.J 2005-06
19 Rev.Fr.John Gualbert, S.J 2006-07
20 20. Rev.Fr.A.Wilson , S.J 2007-11
21 Rev.Fr.N.Ignatius Britto, S.J 2011-13
22 Rev.Fr.Y.S.Yagoo,S.J 2013-15
23 Rev.Fr.V.Augustin John Peter,S.J 2015-18
Britto Hostel

Britto Hostel was started in 1943. A boarding with 20 Hindu boys and a hostel for 80 Christian boys were started in the following year on June 13th. They were named Britto Hostel and Loyola Hostel respectively. With a view of creating unity among the boys, both the Hostels were amalgamated in 1989. The strength gradually increased and the present strength is 1030. Britto Junior Hostel for 6-8 boys was constructed in 2013 at a cost of rupees 1 crore. More than 27 Jesuit priests have acted as Hostel Directors. Special efforts are taken both in academic and non academic levels. Most of the school sportsmen are from the Hostel. Remarkable Alumni of this prestigious Hostel are Shri.Justice Murugesan, Shri.Malaisamy, Shri.Tamilkudimagan and so on.

 

Office Bearers
Director Rev.Fr.S.Joseph Kennedy,S.J
Deputy Director Rev.Fr. Valan Arasu
Students’ Counsellor Rev.Fr.Lourdu samy,S.J
Manager Mr.Valan Arockia Xavier
Mess in-charge Mr.Kumar
Assistant Directors

 

Mr.Justin
Mr.Panneer
Mr.Joseph francis
Mr.Jose
Mr.Andrew
Mr.Antonysamy
Accountant  Mr.Albin
Electrician Mr.Karunaidas
Kitchen Staff

 

 

 

 

Mr.Gnanapragasam
Mr.Joseph
Mr.Vincent
Mr.Chinnappan
Mr.Amalraj
Mr.Kasilingam
Mr.Savarimuthu
Mr.Sengol
Mr.Michaelraj
Sweepers

 


Mr.Mari
Mr.Ramesh

 

Sister Concerns

Schools

  1. St.Mary’s Hr.Sec.School, Dindigul.
  2. St.Mary’s Hr.Sec.School, Madurai.
  3. St.Francis Xavier Hr.Sec.School, Tuticorin.
  4. St.Xavier’s Hr.Sec.School, Palayamkottai.
  5. St.Arulanandar Hr.Sec.School, Oriyur.
  6. St.Joseph’s College Hr.Sec.School, Trichy.
  7. Carmel Hr.Sec.School, Nagercoil.
  8. Loyola Hr.Sec.School, Kuppayanallur.
  9. Loyola Academy, Vadamelpakkam, Chennai.

Colleges

  1. Loyola College, Chennai.
  2. St.Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Trichy.
  3. St.Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai.
  4. Arulanandar College, Karumathur.
  5. Loyola College, Vettavalam.
  6. St.Xavier’s College of Education, Palayamkottai.
  7. Loyola College of Education, Chennai.

Technical Institute

  1. Loyola Industrial Training Institute, Madurai.
  2. Loyola Technical Institute, Ranipet.