Xavierís School, Doranda, was started in response to a
request from the professional community of Heavy
Engineering Corporation, Hindustan Steel Ltd. and the
National Coal Development Corporation, in 1960.
were held in the rooms of a rented house and under a
tree. As soon as the rented house was sold to the Society,
additional rooms were added and occupied in March 1961. In
the mean time negotiations were started for a lease of five acres of land, on which is now the Senior Section
its beginning the School has been indebted to well
wishing personalities. Dr. Zakir Hussein, the then
Governor of Bihar, attended the first Parentís Day and
added his recommendation to our application for the
lease. Dr. Binodnandan Jha, the then Chief Minister,
piloted the application through the Cabinet Meeting.
All procedures had gone smoothly, because Mr.
Chakravarty, the Deputy Commission, had speeded up
the matter from his department. In November 1961, the
lease was granted and executed.
an unusual measure of devotion from the staff, who
had to teach under strenuous circumstances, without harming
their efficiency. In the first year a bus was hired from
M/S Bharat Motors to bring the children to school. The bus
having run the distance from Simdega to Ranchi brought
them home in the afternoon. With rivers to cross, this was
a liability in the rainy season. Nobody ever complained
about any irregularity. When the bus was late, the boys
enjoyed additional cricket practice.
first students shared in the pioneering spirit of
their parents. They did not worry much about the
inconveniences of the situation and they too did not
allow these to affect their academic performance. At
that time the school was affiliated to the Cambridge
Board of Overseas Education, with Hindi as the second
language on two levels. On a higher level, the
equivalent of the Bihar syllabus was assumed by the
School. The introduction of English as medium of
instruction was purely utilitarian, as the students
came from a varied background reflecting the
multi-linguistic pattern of India: Hindi, Marathi, Gujrathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Punjabi, Bengali,
Urdu and English. This was reflected in the first
The motto of
the school was coined in Sanskrit by Fr. C. Bulcke, when
courage to excel by all was considered a contribution
towards the building up of one country and one nation.