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History of Don Bosco High School- Matunga

SalesiansOn May 16, 1928, four Salesians – Fr. Joseph Hauber (the Rector), Fr. Austin Oehlert, Bro. William Haughey and Bro. Michael Devalle took over the management of the Educational Institution of the Immaculate Conception from Fr. J.S. Freitas S.J .. The school was housed in a rented building called “Tardeo Castle”. When the new school year commenced on June 6, 1928, there was complete change of staff and servants. On the rolls were one hundred and eight-nine day scholars and ninety-eight boarders. The staff was composed of nine masters and four lady teachers. Mr Roch Thomas was the Head Master officially from July 1, 1928. Two years later in June 1930, the institution changed its name to Don Bosco High School. In 1932 Fr. Adolf Tornquist succeeded Fr. Hauber, staying in office until his departure for Argentina in May 1936. The school then remained without a Rector for nine months.

DB shrine oldIn 1937, Rev. Fr. Aurelius Maschio was appointed Superior. Gifted with rare foresight, dynamism and with penchant for materializing his plans, Fr. Aurelius made an assessment of the existing situation, laid our his plans and launched out in a massive way to obtain funds. He found at Matunga a spacious plot – a landscape of marsh, water filled pits and slimymud which he proposed to buy. In the meanwhile Rev. Frs. Beruruli and Candela of the Superior Council, during their brief stop in Bombay on their way back to Turin from the Far East, visited the proposed Matunga plot and gave their approval for its purchase.

With notice to quit Tardeo Castle by October 1, 1940 the entire school was shifted to a place called ‘Hilltop’ on Carmichael Road at Cumbala Hill by the end of September 1940. In the meanwhile all attention was focused upon the new place bought at Matunga for a future Don Bosco Institution. And so it came to pass that March 19, 1941, the foundation stone of the new building in Matunga was blessed and laid by Archbishop Thomas Roberts S.J.

By October 31, 1941, ” Hilltop” was vacated and the school moved into the partially completed building. On January 31 st, 1942, the premises were completed and solemnly inaugurated. It remains today as the secondary section of Don Bosco, Matunga.

The foundation stone of the primary section building was blessed and laid on the feast of Don Bosco January 31, 1950. The building was completed in time for the new school year of June 1951.
During the Rectorship of Fr. M. CasaroUi (1952-1958), the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna was started and completed by Fr. Maschio. Fr. Hubert Roasario became the next Rector. He was elected Bishop of Dibrugarh at the end of his term. On November 28, 1958, during the sacred function of the consecration of the new Church, Bishop D’Rosario with seven other bishops also consecrated the eight beautiful altars of the Church and the Crypt.
In January, 1965 Fr. John Giacomello, Rector and Rev. Fr. Ignatius Rubio, Administrator, built what is the preset boarding house.

Salesians and Staff of Don Bosco High School, in Matunga, Bombay. 1973

 

Rector: Rev Fr. Crispino D’ Souza

 

 Fr. Crispino returns as the Rector of the Don Bosco, Matunga-he was the Principal of DBHS Matunga from 2001-09- and Director of the Don Bosco International school. If we are celebrating a special moment in our school’s history this year, Fr. Crispino too celebrates a personal milestone: Completion of 25 years as a Salesian priest. He was a way of relating to staff and students, be it during snack breaks, games, or interactions. His passion is basketball and education. He has held important posts in the Salesian Province of Mumbai heading the Education Commission for several years and has been the Principal of Dominic Savio Andheri and Don Bosco Yerwada

Principal: Rev Fr. Bernard Fernandes

Fr. Bernard Fernandes has been in the field of education for twenty one years. He was the Principal of Don Bosco High School & Junior College, Lonavla, and of St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala before taking charge of Don Bosco High School, Matunga. He holds the conviction that in order to grow, we have to learn constantly. There is no end to our learning process. He believes in having a dream and a goal, lest we aimlessly drift. He enjoys music and being punctual.

Vice-Principal & Adminstrator: Rev Fr. Roy Noronha

The wheels of the school move ceaselessly, methodically and silently. Thanks to our hawk-eyed Vice Principal and Administrator. He is constantly on the move humbly, attending to the smallest detail, supervising the work done personally and efficiently, thus he makes his presence felt. The students say they find Rev. Fr. Roy very approachable. In his soft yet firm manner, he demystifies any situation that needs his attention.

 

Our Silver Jubilarians

                   From 1959 to 1993                                                                          1994 onwards 

Name Year Name Year
1 Mr. Roch Thomas 01.01.1959 51 Mrs. Carol Lopez 01.01.1994
2 Mr. K.G. Shiva 01.01.1965 52 Mrs. Shailaja Kher 01.01.1994
3 Mr. D. A. Gole 01.01.1968 53 Mrs. Gemma Vasan 01.01.1994
4 Mr. M. D. Kale 01.01.1969 54 Mrs. Florinda Periera 01.01.1994
5 Mr. K. J. Nath 01.01.1969 55 Mrs. Yolanda Rodrigues 01.01.1994
6 Mr. Charles Farro 01.01.1972 56 Mr. Camillo Fernandes 01.01.1994
7 Mrs. Winifred Mendonca 01.01.1974 57 Mrs. Florence D’Silva 01.01.1994
8 Mr. S.R. Sonalkar 01.01.1978 58 Mr. Chandrika Rai 01.01.1994
9 Mrs.Nellie D’Souza 01.01.1978 59 Mr. D. Kantharaju 01.01.1994
10 Mrs. Clare Misquitta 01.01.1978 60 Mr. R.P Pandey 01.01.1999
11 Mr. V.K Anthony 01.01.1972 61 Mr. M.O Paulson 01.01.1999
12 Miss Julie D’Costa 01.01.1974 62 Mr. V.K George 01.01.1999
13 Mrs. Eunice Lawrence 01.01.1978 63 Mr. Balram P. Salpekar 01.01.2001
14 Mr. Cruz Fernando 01.01.1978 64 Mr. Govind Parmar R. 01.01.2002
15 Mr. F. Tiburtius 01.01.1978 65 Miss Lynette D’Lima 01.01.2003
16 Mr. P. Samudram 01.01.1978 66 Mrs. Mabel Gonsalves 01.01.2004
17 Mr. J.A Carvalho 01.01.1983 67 Miss Meena Bhambani 01.01.2005
18 Mrs. Emeline Monteiro 01.01.1984 68 Mrs. Iona Pereira 01.01.2005
19 Mr. S.L. Sardesi 01.01.1984 69 Mr. Davis Dias 01.01.2005
20 Mrs. Theresa S’Costa 01.01.1985 70 Mrs. Berth D’ mello 01.01.2007
21 Mrs. Alice D’Souza 01.01.1985 71 Mrs. Lynette Remedios 01.01.2007
22 Mrs. Philomena Godinho 01.01.1985 72 Mrs. Janet D’Cruz 01.01.2007
23 Mr. Lawrence D’Souza 01.01.1986 73 Mrs. Beatrice Pinto 01.01.2007
24 Miss Shalini Shirali 01.01.1986 74 Mrs. Daphny Pereira 01.01.2009
25 Mr. D.V. Sharma 01.01.1987 75 Mrs. Succorin D’Souza 01.01.2009
26 Mr. T.J. Vaz 01.01.1987 76 Mr. Anthony Chinnappan 01.01.2009
27 Mrs. Sybil Pezarkar 01.01.1989 77 Mrs. Neelam Maheshwari 01.01.2010
28 Mrs. Irene D’Silva 01.01.1989 78 Mrs. Barbara Fernandes 01.01.2010
29 Miss Jeanette Castelino 01.01.1989 79 Mrs. Colleen Azavedo 01.01.2010
30 Mrs. Eugene Braganza 01.01.1989 80 Mr. S. D. Rai 01.01.2011
31 Mrs. Philomena Pinto 01.01.1989 81 Mr. Paul Durai 01.01.2011
32 Mrs. Agnes Fernandes 01.01.1989 82 Mr. Francis Mascarenhas 01.01.2011
33 Mr. Simon Fernandes 01.01.1989 83 Mr. A. S. Ambrose 01.01.2012
34 Mrs. Marie D’Souza 01.01.1991 84 Mrs. Syria Paiva 01.01.2012
35 Miss Grace D’Souza 01.01.1991 85 Mr. Hiramani Shukla 01.01.2013
36 Mrs. Philomena Dias 01.01.1992 86 Mr. J. Mudiappan 01.01.2013
37 Mr. C.J. Thomas 01.01.1992 87 Mr. Manuel Fernandes 01.01.2014
38 Miss Rosy Joseph 01.01.1992 88 Mrs. Shoba D’Souza 01.01.2014
39 Mrs. Elizabeth Dinshaw 01.01.1992 89 Mr. Cliff Richard D’Souza 01.01.2015
40 Mrs. Freda Shirshat 01.01.1992 90 Mr. Palji Karelia 01.01.2015
41 Mr. Luis Trinidade 01.01.1992 91 Mr. Anthony Fernando 01.01.2015
42 Mr. K.N. Jain 01.01.1992  92  Mrs. Smita Kendra  01.01.2016
43 Mr. N. M Patel 01.01.1992  93 Mr. Manivannan Samudram  01.01.2016
44 Mrs. Marie Menezes 01.01.1993  94  Mr. Leslie Machado  01.01.2016
45 Mrs. Donata Alphonso 01.01.1993  95  Mrs Rosemary  Chinnappan  01-01.2016
46 Miss Clare Alvares 01.01.1993  96  Mrs Winifred Fernandes  01-01-2016
47 Mrs. Natalie Fernandes 01.01.1993  97  Mrs Griselda Fernandes  01-01-2016
48 Mrs. Bella D’Costa 01.01.1993  98  Mr. L.B Vishwakarma 01-01-2016
49 Mrs. Carmen Collaco 01.01.1993  99  Mrs Maria D’ Souza  2017
50 Mrs. Martha Alphonso 01.01.1993
No Name Duration
1 Rev Fr. Crispino D’ Souza 2017
2 Rev. Fr. Wilfred D’ Souza 2012 to 2016
3 Rev Fr. Jude D’ Mello 2006 TO 2012
4 Rev. Fr. Ronald Menezes 2000 TO 2006
5 Rev. Fr. Orville Coutinho 1994 TO 2000
6 Rev. Fr. Stephen Rodrigues 1990 TO 1994
7 Rev. Fr. Denzil Vaz 1988 TO 1990
8 Rev.Fr.Chrysologus D’ Cunha 1982 TO 1988
9 Rev. Fr. Denis Duarte 1976 TO 1982
10 Rev.Fr. Tomas Braganza 1970 TO 1976
11 Rev. Fr. John Giacomella 1964 TO 1970
12 Rev. Fr. Aloysius D’Fiore 1964 only 6 Months
13 Rev Fr. Hubert D’ Rosario 1958 TO 1964
14 Rev. Fr. Maurus Casarotti 1952 TO 1958
15 Rev. Fr. Aurelius Maschio 1937 TO 1952
16 Rev. Fr. Adolph Tornquist 1932 TO 1937
17 Rev. Fr. Joseph Hauber 1928 TO 1932

 

 

No Name Duration
1 Rev. Fr. Bernard Fernandes 2015
2 Rev. Fr. Bosco D’ Mello 2009 TO 2015
3 Rev. Fr. Crispino D’ Souza 2001 TO 2009
4 Rev. Fr. Edward D’ Souza 1994 TO 2001
5 Rev. Fr. Adolph Furtado 1989 TO 1994
6 Rev. Fr John Samala 1985   TO 1989
7 Rev. Fr. Vincent Vaz 1982 TO 1985
8 Bro. P.M. Tomas 1977 TO 1982
9 Rev. Fr. Boniface D’ Souza 1973 TO 1977
10 Rev.Fr. Tomas Braganza 1970 TO 1973
11 Rev. Fr. John Giacomella 1964 TO 1970
12 Rev. Fr. Aloysius D’Fiore 1964 only 6 Months
13 Rev Fr. Hubert D’ Rosario 1958 TO 1964
14 Rev. Fr. Maurus Casarotti 1952 TO 1958
15 Rev. Fr. Aurelius Maschio 1937 TO 1952
16 Rev. Fr. Adolph Tornquist 1932   TO 1937
17 Rev. Fr. Joseph Hauber 1928 TO 1932