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Maktab Sabah / Sabah College
Official Sabah College Emblem
Peti Surat 10548 Sembulan, 88600 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Coordinates5°57′21″N 116°4′3″E / 5.95583°N 116.06750°E / 5.95583; 116.06750Coordinates: 5°57′21″N 116°4′3″E / 5.95583°N 116.06750°E / 5.95583; 116.06750
TypeSemi-Boarding National Secondary School
MottoBerani Berdikari
Dare To Stand Alone
Established1957[citation needed]
School districtKota Kinabalu
PrincipalPuan Hajah Nuraini Fauziah Binti Derin
GradesForm 1 – Form 6
Number of studentsApprox. 1400[citation needed]

Maktab Sabah (English: Sabah College) is a single-session secondary school located in the city of Kota Kinabalu, in the State of Sabah, Malaysia. The school was established in the year 1957, making Sabah College a historical institution as it was formed during the pre-independence of Sabah.

The current principal is Hajah Nuraini Fauziah Derin, who has occupied the office since 7 January 2022, after the previous principal, Hajah Nuinda Haji Alias has retired. As of the year 2021, the school has approximately 100 teachers and over 1300 students. The school has also been recognised as one of the top four leading and elite secondary schools in Sabah, the other three schools being SM St. Michael, Penampang, SM All Saints and SMS Sabah or Sekolah Menengah Sains Sabah. It is however, not academic aspects but high extra curriculum participation of students that gives Sabah College admitted into hall of fame besides social advantages with many notable alumnus such as the state's politicians and ministers including the 16th Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal


Old building of Maktab Sabah.
Old building of Maktab Sabah.

Establishment of Sabah College was suggested by the first education director of the North Borneo government, PE Perry in 1947. The purpose of this school is to help and provide education to potential and bright local children in North Borneo. Among the proposed construction sites are Likas (current SM All Saints site), Kepayan and current Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Finally, in 1955, the Civil Aviation Department site has been chosen to be the site of Sabah College with an area of 16.77 acres (67,900 m2) which includes 6 acres (24,000 m2) of sports field area, 4.8 acres (19,000 m2) of residential areas and the rest is the school. In 1956 its construction plans had been proposed to the British Government and granted.

During the construction project the Colonial Development Welfare has funded 90% of the cost. While the rest was contributed by local sources. The first intake consist of 85 students and 95 teachers. Only selected students which passed special exam were chosen to study at Maktab Sabah. The school acting principal was Mr. Buckley. In the same year, Mr. Geoffrey Clarke was appointed as the very first principal of Sabah College.

At the end of 1957 this school was moved to a new site near the current Secretariat building. In 1958 Form Six classes started with limited facility of classes lessons.

Then, in 1960, Sabah College once again moved to a new site. With these new buildings Sabah College continues to develop and become one of the most important secondary schools in Sabah.

Maktab Sabah current building.
Maktab Sabah current building.
Maktab Sabah building in 2000s
Maktab Sabah building in 2000s

Principals of Sabah College

Below are the principals who have served and led Sabah College since its establishment.

School Management Board

Current School Management Board

Student's Leadership Units

Below are the Student's Leadership Units that available today.

Alumni (OSCA)

A student pursuing his secondary education in Maktab Sabah is commonly known as a Sabah Collegian; once the individual leaves the school, he is an Old Sabah Collegian. The school's alumni, Old Sabah Collegians Alumni is commonly referred to by its abbreviation, OSCA.

Prominent Alumni Members: