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Name: St. Mary Secondary School
Chi. Name: 圣玛莉中学
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Address: P.O.BOX 482, 90705 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.
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Phone: 089-213646
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Website: http://www.sabah.edu.my/stmary/
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The history of St. Mary's Secondary Boys School is incomplete without going back more then a century to the Catholic missioneries who started the St. Mary's Primary Boys School back in 1883.
St. Mary's Secondary School was officially declared open in December 1954. There were rooms for 5 classes and rooms for the priests and a chapel ( the present integrated Sc. Lab.) Expansion grew apace, and in 1959, a modern two storeyed eight classroom block was completed by Fr. Crowther ( the present Form 3 block ) and for the first time, science was introduced as a subject. St. Mary's now had 292 pupils and 11 teachers. To cater for the smaller children a primary feeder school was started with 4 classes from kindergarten to primary 3. It was named Our Lady of Fatimah School, and classes were held in the afternoons. In 1962, Our Lady of Fatimah School was handed over to the Franciscan Sisters who moved to a new building and renamed the school St. Cecilia's Convent Secondary.

In 1963 saw a new milestone in the annals of St. Mary's School, when the Mill Hill Fathers invited the De La Salle Brothers to take over St. Mary's Secondary School. The school population was now 320 boys in 8 classrooms. Rev.Bro. Fridolin became the 1st principal of the School, while Rev. Bro. Xavier was put in charge of the primary school. Further expansion was in store: in 1966, a 3-storeyed reinforced concrete modern building was erected with 3 well-equipped science laboratories, a new school office, and a staff room plus 5 classrooms ( the present Form 6 block ). The project cost $300,000.00 and as usual, the people of Sandakan, well-wishers, benefactors and old pupils rose to the occasion and donated generously. Hence it was only right that the first Form 6 class on the east coast of Sabah was started in St. Mary's in 1967. Pupulation was now 480 boys in 12 classes. Rev. Fr. Raphael Egan was at the helm until 1971, with Rev. Bro. Frederick assumed Directorship of the school.

The helm changed hands again in 1973 when Rev. Bro. Finian was appointed Director of the school. By now the school population has expanded to about 800 with a staff strength of 31. Various extensions were made, a basketball cum volleyball court was built with the help of the old boys. In 1974, Bro Finian embarked on a 2 storeyed building comprise of a School hall and a Libaray. In the midst of this extension, Bro. Finian was replaced by Rev. Bro. Peter Ng. The new hall was declared open by the Resident of Sandakan, Datuk Ben Stephens. By 1976, a new basketball court and a tennis court were added to the facilities of the school, and St. Mary's was tge best equipped school in Sandakan.

The population had by now risen to about 1000 pupils in 25 classes with 38 staff. Performances both academic and on the sports field were gratifying. St. Mary's was tops in all the schools for the H.S.C. examinations for the year 1976-1977. St. Mary's also scored a first when one of its faithful sons Simon Fung became the first Bishop of Sabah.

A grand Centenary Celebration was held in 1983 to commemorate the 100 years of St. Mary's and tribute to the selfless Pioneers, Mill Hill Fathers, De La Salle Brothers and Teachers who have been associated with it since its inception in 1883.



The school has expanded, facilities for the students population of 1144 have been brought up to date, academic standards continue to be good. As Rev. Fr. Hurley had said back in 1920, " St. Mary's is the oldest school in the country, with a wonderful tradition behind it, and its Old Boys in the top place in Government and commerce as a glorious witness to its greatness." The present Principal, Miss Yap Pak Soon with her 65 teaching staff and 12 non teaching staff pledge to continue this great tradition which has always been the desire of its founding fathers.

 
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