- In 1850 (Qing dynasty, 30th year of Daoguang) Catholic
Jesuit established a new system school, called "Xuhui Public School
(College)" in the western suburbs
of Shanghai Xujiahui. The first graduates, although only 10 people, including
Mr. Ma Xiangbo, who was the founder of Aurora University and Fudan University in
Shanghai. His brother Mr. Ma Jianzhong was the author of the famous classical "Ma¡¦s
Wen Tong". At the beginning of foundation, in response trend of
the times, Xuhui Public School attached such
subjects as French, painting, and music, etc.
- In 1889 (26th year of Guangxu
) provided for compulsory subjects as French and science.
- In 1904
(30th year of Guangxu ) added the subject English. Students could choose either
in French or English. Students of the higher degree could also choose
arithmetic, physics, history and geography, all of which were taught in French.
With the foundation of ROC, according to
the Ministry of Education, Xuhui Public School awarded the new academic
structure and changed to a four-year secondary school.
- In 1932 (21st year of
ROC) has also changed the old four-year
high school system into three-year middle school and three-year high school. Give
school formal name as "St. Ignatius High School."
- In 1937 (26th
year of ROC) During Eight-year War, St. Ignatius High School in the occupied
areas, still against all odds, continued school.
- In 1942
(31st year of ROC) St.
Ignatius High School was taken over by Xuhui
Alumni Father Chang Bo-ta, who paid high salaries to recruit maestros teacher,
raising huge sums of money on grants for students, for teachers. School was
flourishing and the number of students increased to 900. Principal Chang was
the pioneer who divided the students into liberal arts and science since they
were in the second grade of high school.
1945 (34th year of ROC) in
April, the Japanese imposed new school buildings and some of the west campus,
school was in a hard time. Chinese government got victory over Japan in August
the same year. In October, Sacred Heart of Jesus return to the auditorium, and
school revived the momentum.
- In 1948, (37th year of ROC) started an additional
career division plans to cultivate students to receive personal interest and
aptitude for education.
- In 1951 (40th year of ROC) Principal Chang was martyred
in prison. Fortunately, the school name of St. Ignatius High School and school
history were still standing unwavering.
- In 1962 (51st year of ROC), Xuhui alumni in Taiwan to set
up alumni associations. Minister of the Judicial Yuan Mr. Xie Guansheng was
elected as chairman.
- In 1963, (52th year of ROC) in April, alumni Zhu Tianjian served as
school principal to preside over matters related to re-school. Which owned an
area of 3.3785 hectares. On August 7 ,Department of Education approved the
filing. On August 11th the entrance examination was held. Because Ge Yue Li
typhoon, school began on September 17 school. The model of education by the
Shanghai Xuhui was transplanted in Taipei.
- In 1996 (In 85 years) Since the reconstruction,five priest principals, Zhutian Jian,Shan Guo-xi,Zhu Bing Xin,Chen
Jin-Chang,Xia Jinbo, are conscientious, strive night and day; from the perspective
of "service of faith, promoting justice", they were engaged in
education. The five priest principals created an environment that enabled
every student experience the atmosphere of being loved and being respected.
- In 1996 (85th year of ROC) Mr. Dai Rongjia took sixth principal. He inherited the
spirit of Jesuit education, and wholeheartedly encouraged in the whole school
to follow the example of Jesuit education in the spirit of sacrifice and
dedication to foster school unity and harmony. All the colleagues in St.
Ignatius High School followed the spirit of ¡§no arguing, no clamoring¡¨. The faculty had the capacity to withstand the
vulnerability of students and to take on the pain of students. We were confident that St. Ignatius High School, in the fine tradition of the cornerstone,will be able
to continue to foster more of excellence for the country, will be able to shed
the glory of Jesus Christ.
- In 1998 (87th year of ROC) February 21, the second
principal in Taiwan Father Shan Guo-xi accepted canonization of Cardinal of Pope
John Paul II in Vatican in Rome. All teachers and students in St.
Ignatius High School were in joy and gratitude and, more to be in good faith to
practice "Sacrifice enjoyment. Enjoy the sacrifice."to meet the motto
of St. Ignatius High School ¡¨¡¨
- In 2000 (89th year
of ROC) in November Shanghai Xuhui Middle School
celebrated the 150th anniversary of founding. Principal Dai Rongjia led a
delegation to congratulate and the two sides signed a letter of intent and strengthen
two-way communication. Both sides agreed to strengthen exchanges and enhance
- In 2001 (90th year of ROC) in September, after two years of efforts, St.
Ignatius High School finished shaping the vision and the concept of vision into
the subjects of teaching and the various activities .All teachers and students tried
hard to implement and practice vision of St. Ignatius High School together:
¡@To foster Christ's love as our life principle
To dedicate ourselves to developing the minds of youth
To live a life to the fullest
To strive for excellence
To commit ourselves to the service of humanity
And the promotion of justice in a spirit of caring
- In 2001 (90th year of ROC) in November, principal of Shanghai Xuhui Wang
Jinsong led a delegation to Taiwan to participate in St. Ignatius High
School 38th anniversary in Taiwan, getting
further understanding of St. Ignatius High School¡¦s freedom and democracy, respect for life, love, and the
essence of education.
- In 2002 (91st year of ROC) six 7th graders such
as Kai Kang won School Internet Fair Platinum Award, world's highest honor with
the work of "revive the ancient city of Taipei." Teachers and
students were called in and encouraged by
President Chen. teachers and students got a great success in the
national competition to obtain outstanding results in recent years in science,
English and IT education . Besides, they often participated in international
competitions on behalf of ROC.
- In 2003 (92nd year of ROC) To meet the goal of 40th
anniversary in Taiwan, and all celebration activities were focused on "safeguarding
human dignity" as its theme and carry forward the spirit of Christ; St.
Ignatius High School campus re-planning was initially completed and approved by
- In 2005 (94th of ROC) To establish an international
perspective, St. Ignatius High School started the preparation for future
competitiveness. Alumni Chou Hsi-wei was overwhelmingly elected as mayor of Taipei
- In 2006 (95th year of ROC) Second principal Cardinal Shan Guo-xi
was awarded First Class Star Medal by President Chen Shui-bien, to form the
cardinals 60 years of Taiwan's education or religious sacrifice and dedication,
and fruitful. School principal Dai Rongjia was invited to participate in
Honors and Awards Ceremony in the Presidential Building, sharing the glory and
- In 2007 (96th year of ROC) School Dragon Boat Team was led by Principal
Dai Rongjia, two coaches Zhu Feng-liang and Li-Chilong, to Sydney, Australia, on
September 15. On behalf of the Republic of China in 2007 IDBF (International
Dragon Boat Federation) World Cup Dragon Boat Championships , they won the second prize of the youth group
100-meter sprint runner-up.
- In 2008 (97th year of ROC ), St. Ignatius High School¡¦s
reactivation in Taiwan has been for 44 years. St. Ignatius Building project was
approved by the board in March and will be expected to be completed in
September 2009, which will enhance the quality of teaching and learning
environment and space for student activities.
- In 2008 (97th year of ROC) in July, Principal Dai Rongjia
retired, succeeded by alumni Mr. Chen Haipeng as seventh principal, continuing
towards a new era.
- In 2009
(98th year of ROC)In July, the new St. Ignatius Building was completed.
The name "St. Ignatius Building" was to commemorate the ancestor of Society
of Jesus. Cardinal Shan Guo-xi was invited
in school anniversary in November to celebrate
the foundation of the. This building cost 350 million, including the basement
and eight stories on the ground, spreading like a book to encourage students to
study hard. The main wall, with "IHS" Latin as a symbol , carries
forward the spirit of education of Jesus "deliberative
self-reflection," "distinguish seeking magis", "serve
groups", " promote social justice".