Campion School, Mumbai
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13 Cooperage Road


Coordinates18°55′29″N 72°49′48″E / 18.92472°N 72.83000°E / 18.92472; 72.83000
TypePrivate primary and secondary school
MottoLatin: Gaudium in Veritate
(Joy in Truth)
Religious affiliation(s)Catholicism
Patron saint(s)Edmund Campion
Established20 January 1943; 80 years ago (1943-01-20)
PrincipalFr. (Dr.) Francis Swamy S.J.
  •    Britto
  •    Loyola
  •    Xavier
  •    Berchmans
SportsSoccer, basketball, athletics, cricket
PublicationThe Campion Review
AffiliationIndian Certificate of Secondary Education
AlumniOld Campionites
AnthemCampion Calls

Campion School is a private Catholic primary and secondary school for boys located at 13 Cooperage Road, Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra, India. Established in 1943 by Jesuit Fr. Joseph Savall, the school is named in honour of Saint Edmund Campion, a 16th-century English Roman Catholic martyr.

The school is housed in Wellesley House on Cooperage Road in the Fort neighbourhood of South west Mumbai. The school is across the street from Cooperage Ground, which is a major soccer stadium in Mumbai, as well as Oval Maidan a city landmark. The school has over 800 students and offers classes at elementary and secondary levels, ranging from preparatory to grade 10. It is affiliated with the ICSE school syllabus and has English as its primary language of instruction.[1]

Campion School has been taking part in most of the inter-school events organized by the Government, and often has prevailed.[2] In a 2009 pan-India survey of day boys schools, conducted by Education World magazine, Campion School was ranked first in the country, and in 2013 it garnered the penultimate place.[3]


Campion School was founded on 20 January 1943 by Father Joseph Savall, S.J. He had been the principal of St. Mary's High School, Mazgaon, for many years. In 1942, the Society of Jesus purchased Wellesely House on 13 Cooperage Road to house Campion School. But opposition from tenants delayed occupancy for 5 years, during which time the school was run from a ground floor rented at 45 New Marine Lines. It moved to Cooperage Road on 19 January. Within nine months the Department of Education recognised and registered Campion School under the Code of European Schools. It was authorised to teach up to Standard IV and to add one standard every year until the highest form was reached.

The school grew steadily in the late 1940s, but lacked a full-time principal, and Fr. Savall retired and returned to Europe in June 1949. Fr. Conesa, the director of the Technical Institute at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, served as principal until December 1950. Jesuit authorities appointed Fr. E.F. More first full-time principal. More oversaw major renovations to Wellesely House including the acquisition of the second floor in 1954 and the addition of a fourth floor.

In 1956, Campion School attained the stature of a full-fledged high school with an enrollment of 382. It was recognised by the University of Cambridge as an A-certificate school and by the S.S.C. Board, Pune.[4] In the same year, the first batch of students appeared for the Senior Cambridge Overseas Examination and all eight of them passed, five secured Grade I, one secured Grade II, and two secured Grade III. According to a rating in the Hindustan Times, the school's highest ratings are in "attitude towards learning, sports, social engagement, governance."[5]


The school year consists of two terms from May to April, with October as mid-year. The course of school studies extends from the Preparatory Class to Class 10. It is designed to prepare students for the ICSE Examination, conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.[6]

In addition to English which is the primary language of instruction, Hindi is taught from Class 1 and Marathi, the regional language of the state of Maharashtra, is compulsory from Class 1 to Class 8.

In 2016, Campion emerged first in both the junior (78 teams) and senior (82 teams) divisions of the 16th Hindu Young World Quiz.[7] Also, a student from Campion won the gold medal in a mental abacus contest sponsored by UMCAS.[8]

School badge

The school badge is in the form of a medieval shield. The shield has three major divisions, each with a different colour background, and a scroll containing the school motto "Joy in Truth". This motto is symbolically expressed by each of the three main divisions on the shield.

On the left side, against a red background is a rope shaped like a noose. It stands for the death of St. Edmund Campion, professedly for the love of Truth. On the right side, against a white background are three birds that stand for Joy while the star stands for Truth. Finally, at the base of the shield is to be found the logo of the Jesuits. It consists of the first three letters of Jesus' name in Greek. Contrary to the popular belief, the divisions and their background colours do not represent the colour of the four school "houses".


The following individuals have served as principals of the school:

Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Father J. Savall S.J. 1943 1949 5–6 years
2 Father R. Conesa S.J. 1949 1951 1–2 years
3 Father E. F. More S.J. 1951 1964 12–13 years
4 Father F. Ribot S.J. 1965 1969 3–4 years
5 Father H. Miranda S.J. 1969 1972 2–3 years
6 Father D. Donnelly S.J. 1973 1974 0–1 years
7 Father A. D'Mello S.J. 1974 1983 8–9 years
(5) Father H. Miranda S.J. 1983 1986 2–3 years
8 Mr. K. Dyer 1986 1989 2–3 years
9 Mrs. M. D'Mello 1989 1990 0–1 years
10 Mr. J. S. Lewis 1990 1998 7–8 years
11 Father John Rodrigues 1998 2001 2–3 years
12 Father P. Falcao 2001 2003 1–2 years
13 Mr. Paul Machado 2003 2020 16–17 years
14 Ms. Bhavna Mehrotra 2020 2021 0–1 years
15 Father F. Swami 2021 incumbent 1–2 years

School organisations

All students are assigned to a house. There were three houses until the 1990s when Berchmans was added:

Since 2016, the junior school (standards 1 to 5) has different names and colors for the houses. The names are Gandhi, Raman, Nehru and Tagore and the respective colors are orange, purple, green, and white.[9]

The School Council is a body established to put into practice the aims and objectives of the house system. The Council is made up of the School Captain and his Assistant, the House Prefects and their Assistants, the Leaders, the Class Monitor of the upper classes, and representatives of activities and organisations. It serves as an advisory body to the administration.[10]

School organisations include:[11][12]

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (April 2021)
Shashi Tharoor: former UN Under-Secretary General for Communications & Public Information
Shashi Tharoor: former UN Under-Secretary General for Communications & Public Information
Business and industry

Film and fashion

Rishi Kapoor: film actor
Rishi Kapoor: film actor
Literature, theatre and journalism
Rajdeep Sardesai: journalist
Rajdeep Sardesai: journalist
Military and police

In popular culture

The school is mentioned in Salman Rushdie's book The Moor's Last Sigh as a school for boys from "good homes".[30]

Other schools mentioned in a similar context are Cathedral and John Connon School and Walsingham House School.[30]

See also


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  23. ^ "The evolution of Jyotiraditya Scindia". Times of India. 2 June 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
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  27. ^ "Personal Agenda: Atul Kasbekar, photographer". Hindustan Times. 4 January 2013. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
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