1945: In a sleepy little township situated around the then 37 years old steel plant, amidst a growth of trees, lies the Chota Nagpur Club. It has one main building and a large campus in which there are two tennis courts . The members are mostly British. Not too far from it, across the field, is the Sacred Heart School; co-education had just begun. Loyola is yet to be born …
1947: India gets independence. The British begin to leave India and return to their homeland. Those who have settled in Jamshedpur also vacate the town. The CNR club lies dormant. It gives birth to LOYOLA SCHOOL, a great institution which will lead many in this great world and will be cherished by all.
1948: The Tatas request the Jesuit fathers from Maryland, U.S.A, to come to Jamshedpur to manage Loyola. Five American fathers come from the United States under the Rector Superior, Father Carrol I. Fasy. The fathers are given the CNR club and the land around it to 'build' the school on. The boundary walls of the school are the same from the time when the CNR club existed. Thus the school is born - it is small, but it is to grow…
The school was started in 1947 with 34 boys. The classes were 4th and 5th only and were held in the old auditorium. The fathers lived in 43, Circuit House Area. Each year, one class was added on each side. So originally, Loyola had 4th and 5th only. The next year (1948), it had 3rd to 6th. To provide for extra class, new classrooms where built which later became the old D.B.C., the Scout Den the old L.S.D., etc. But this too, was not sufficient. So a new building came up. It rose on the 'once upon the time' tennis courts of the CNR club. It is present Loyola building!
The first Sports Day of Loyola was held in 1948. There were no houses. There were just two divisions - seniors and juniors. Each boy could participate in a maximum of 5 events. There were two prizes in all; the prize for seniors went to Wei Tekur and the prize for juniors went to little Rocky Vaz. The prizes were given out by Fr. Fasy. There were no spectators.
In 1951, the first boy graduated from Loyola. He was Srinivasan Thometti. He was the only student to graduate from Loyola that year.
In 1953, Fr. Hess became the new Principal of Loyola. He brought about many administrative changes. About this time, the teachers' quarters were built.
Discipline was good. Those misbehaving were called to the school on Saturdays. After the compulsory march past, they were given the "punishment for the week" popularly known as the "jug". The others went for a movie show (every Saturday). The school dress consisted of khaki shorts and a khaki shirt.
Fr. Anderson Bakewell, founded the Loyola Scout Troop. The scouts were very active and regularly went for hikes to Ghatsila, Dimna, Chandil and Rivers' meet. There was also a school band which had saxophones, cornets, trumpets etc.
Slowly, steadily the years passed and a completely new Loyola emerged. The Senior Cambridge became I.S.C. and then in 1975, we started the I.C.S.E. In 1984 Loyola added the Plus Two section which became co-ed the following year. The band became the D.B.C (Drum & Bugle Corps), the scouts continued. The school uniform changed. The number of students increased year after year. Today we have 2300 students. The house system which has evolved, promises a better school, in future. The Student Council and Senior Council give a chance to students to become leaders. The various clubs have helped students to learn subjects of their interest and have tapped the talents of many a boy. The kind of laboratories and libraries we have, are much to write home about.
We have been progressing all through. As Fr. Power put it: "Our standards are always rising. But people say it is going down, down, down, … Do not believe them; for if it were so, by this time, we would be far down in Australia!" Thus we believe, is true.
Loyola was once a dream. Now it is a reality. Our only wish is - may it ever remain young and may it grow. Hail Loyola!
Another version of the first 50 years of the School: Loyola School: Looking Back After 50 Years