Fr. Denzil Keating SJ started Holy Family High School in 1944 as a parish institution in an old single-storied structure. The school’s first headmistress was Ms. Maud D’Costa. The school began with just 5 classrooms and 80 students.
In 1963, a new school building adjoining the Holy Family Church was inaugurated. The building was extended in the 1970s to have multiple stories, with new classrooms and a school hall. A mini stadium was built on the old school ground using funds donated by Mr. Jitendra Shah. A few years later, the building became too small to cater to the growing number of parishioners. The building was sold and a more spacious one constructed, with its own playground, on a plot of land not far away.
On 22 October 1985, Fr. Lisbert D’Souza, S.J., Provincial Superior of the Bombay Jesuit Province blessed and laid the foundation stone of this new school building. On 16 July 1988, Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca blessed the new school building.
On 7 January 1989, under the tenure of Fr. Tony J. D’Souza S.J. as vicar, and Fr. Francis Gonsalves, S.J. as principal, the new school building was formally inaugurated by Simon Cardinal Pimenta, the archbishop of Bombay, Thanks to the efforts of the students in the form of donations, raffles, and school fetes, a new hall and classrooms were constructed.
This building had an inadequate playground and lacked facilities for sports. The Vinayalaya Jesuit seminary grounds behind the school building and church were used instead. Filtered drinking water and a cafeteria were an urgent need.
The school had female students for a few years. Some were admitted in Std 11 for the Science and Commerce streams. Earlier in the school’s history girls were accepted at lower levels too.
In 1995, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. There was a grand celebration to mark the event, including a display of fireworks. Among the many present were several of the school’s ex-principals. A time capsule containing fifty years of school information was buried at the foot of the Holy Family statue, to be reopened in the year 2045.
In 2005, the school celebrated its 60th anniversary. With the initiative of Principal Fr. Francis Swamy, S.J. and the school’s PTA, a 4 Five-Night fete’ was held on the school’s ground. Special attractions were the presence of celebrities for the occasion. The event was broadcast live on cable TV.
|1994||Holy Family School is established|
|1961||PTA is formed|
|1985||Marathi Section opened with Std. VIII|
|1988||Shifted to the new School Building|
|1994||Golden Jubilee of the school|
|1998||Ex-Students association revived|
|2006||Holy Family open school commenced|
|2007||Semi-English School started|
|2009||Swimming pool built|
|2010||Silver jubilee of Marathi medium|
|2011||Golden Jubilee of the PTA|