Wah Yan College was founded on the second floor of No. 60 Hollywood Road on 16th December by Mr. Tsui Yan Sau . There were 4 students on the first day.
In order to accomodate the newcomers, Mr. Tsui rented the second floor of No. 54A, Peel Street and two more teachers, Mr. Shak Cheong On and Mr. Foo Shiu Hong, were engaged in March. The third floor of No. 60, Hollywood Road was secured and Mrs. Hoyune, the first woman teacher, joined the teaching staff.
On the re-opening of the school in August, No. 54A, Peel Street was vacated in favour of more spacious premises at No. 33, Mosque Junction. Mr. Lo Kwing, Mr. Lau Lap and Mr. Cheong Man Fai were enlisted.
The school moved to new premises at 2, Robinson Road with 300 students.
Wah Yan became a Grant-in-Aid
school on 1st October.
Owing to the increase in applications for admission a branch school was opened in Portland Street, Yaumati on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
Mr. Lim Hoy Lan was asked to take over the Headmastership from 1st January.
The first Irish Jesuit father,
Rev. Fr. John Neary, started to work in Wah Yan as a teacher of Religious
The Kowloon branch school
moved to Nelson Street.
The College was transferred to the care of the Society of Jesus on 22nd December. The late Fr. R. W. Gallagher, S.J. was the first Rector. In the records of the Jesuit Order, the school was given a new name : College of Christ the King.
The school magazine, "The Star" (Vol. 1), was first published.
The "House system" was introduced in order to extend the benefits of games and athletics to every boy in the school.
The Wah Yan Past Student Association (taking the place of the former "Old Boys' Union") was set up and the first President was Mr. Ko Fook Sun.
Under Fr. Donnelly's inspiration, Class 2 (Form V) began a Free Night School for the poor children of the neighbourhood which continued until the outbreak of the Pacific War.
The hostel in Wah Yan was closed down.
A branch for Senior students was opened on 8th September in Austin Road. while Junior Classes continued in Nelson Street, under Mr. Lim Hoy Lan. Austin Road had a short life as it closed on 9th December, the day after the Japanese invasion.
During the War, the basement in Wah Yan has been turned into Red Cross Station. School was closed. The whole terrace beyond the college in Robinson Road burned to the ground. Fr. Gallagher and Fr. McAsey were interned.
Wah Yan College reopened on 8th September. Later in the year a Chinese stream (Wah Yan Middle School) was added.
In March the organisation of the Wah Yan Dramatic Society commenced. The first production was "The Thrice Promised Bride", performed in the French Convent Theatre. The Society was formally established in 1947.
On 8th Septermber the school at Nelson Street reopened, with 560 pupils on the roll. The Kowloon Branch was handed over to the Jesuit Fathers from Mr. Lim Hoy Lan. Fr. Grogan was appointed as superior and was assisted by Fr. Kelly.
Fr. Howatson began the Wah Yan Poor Boys' Club on 15th November, with 19 boys. With the help of Mr. Joseph Cheung he collected from the lanes and side-walks of the city an army of shoe-shine boys.
The Night School was started on 17th February.
An afternoon school opened
under the leadership of Fr. Maguire, with more than 700 boys enrolled.
The school time for the afternoon school was from 2:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.
The Chinese Section of the school was closed down.
The classes were renamed.
Class One was renamed as Form 6 and Class 6 was renamed as Form 1. Class
7 and 8 were renamed
The Governor, Sir Alexander
Grantham, opened Wah Yan College, Kowloon, 56 Waterloo Road, on 12th December.
The contract for the site formation at Mount Parish was signed on 16th September.
On 7th October the foundation stone of Wah Yan College, Queen's Road East was blessed and laid.
Formal opening of Wah Yan
College, 281 Queen's Road East, was performed on
Our basketball and football teams made a trip to Taiwan.
Fr. Ryan, S.J. received the Hon. Degree of Doctor of Letters from the Governor. The school newspaper, "Starlet", was born. Chon Chi Yu set the record of 9 distinctions and 1 credit in the H.K.C.E.E.
Monthly assembly was introduced
as a regular event in school.
Two teachers, Mr. Raymond Yu and Mr. Chau Sui Hay, were appointed to become the first ever Assistant Principals of Wah Yan.
The taking over of "Pun U Primary School" by the Jesuits. It was named as "Pun U Wah Yan Primary School".
Opening of the Ma Ying Library after the renovation work sponsored by Mr. Ma Ying.
The students grasped the championship of the Inter-school Chinese Debate Contest.
Economics was introduced in Form 4.
Robert Wong Tuen Po who joined Wah Yan in 1922 and was in charge of the hostel in Wah Yan until it was closed down, died. He was a Link-Man at the change of management to the Jesuit Fathers. He was the man with the Wah Yan Afternoon School until his retirement in 1961.
One extra Form 1 class was added to meet the need of the expansion of secondary education.
Founder of Wah Yan, Mr. Peter Tsui Yan Sau, died.
The students grasped both the championships of the Interschool Chinese Debate Contest and the Interschool English Debate Contest. The Wah Yan English Evening School was closed.
Mr. Raymond Yu left Wah Yan after a service of 24 years for Canada and Mr. Cheung Man Sun took his place as one of the Assistant Principals.
Wah Yan College proceeded into the computer age. The computer group was set up and the Report Cards, H.K.C.E.E. results and the school magazine were processed with the help of the computer. The models of microcomputer used by the school were Apple II and Laser.
The Streaming to Arts and Science was started in Form 4 and the Form 4 classes were renamed as 4S1, 4S2, 4A1 and 4A2. Computer Studies was introduced in Form 4.
The new annex, Gordan Wu Hall,
was officially opened on 12th April.
The students got championships
of two inter-school Chinese Debate Contests.
Wah Yan celebrated its 70th Anniversary with an enrolment of 950.
Two new Assistant Principals,
Mr. George Tam and Mr. P. T. Chan were appointed.
On 8th May, there was a severe landslide at the junction between Kennedy Road Queen's Road East, taking the life of a driver passing by together with his car, owing to heavy rainfall. The back door and the stairs were closed where the basement was evacuated. The Scouts Room, Table Tennis Gym were relocated to the vacant space under the junior lab. The Laboratory wing was sinking owing to the mud slip and there were cracks all over the playground. The well-known 'crack' in the Classroom wing was worsening. Stainless steel plates were used to cover it up.
Wah Yan got three "10
A's" in H.K.C.E.E.
Six classrooms were demolished
due to the effect of the landslide.
Wah Yan celebrates its 75th Anniversary
with an enrolment of 961.
The theme "Growth Through Respect" was adopted for the year.
The Jesuit Society announced the retirement of Fr. J.C. Coghlan, S.J. in September, 1996. Mr. George Tam was appointed the Principal.
The theme 'Wahyanite, Hong Kong Sentiments, Chinese Heart, Global View' was adopted for the year.
The first exchange student came from Italy.
Start of the 80th Anniversary programme & opening of the 6-classroom block on 22nd December.
All classrooms and special rooms installed with air-conditioners.
Cultural exchange programme to Mainland China began.
80th Anniversary programmes reached its climax by a mass gathering at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The IT infrastructure began.
The first ever Wah Yan Family Day was held at the College on 7th January. Over two thousand present and past students and their family members took part in this memorable activity.
The first summer course in New Zealand by the Parent-Teacher Association was organised. The campus had thorough renovation.
The School Development Project Officially started on 25th May, with Phases I and II scheduled to be finished by December 2004. Thirteen F.6 students were admitted into local universities through the Early Enrolment of Top Secondary Six Students Scheme. The Art Exhibition and Joint Wah Yan Oldies Concert were held on 17th December.
This year marked the important 85th Anniversary of the College. International Conference 2004 and the Wah Yan One Family Foundation were organised in Novermber and December respectively in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The 85th Anniversary Open Day was held on 5th March 2005. There were approximately 2,000 participants sharing the joyful event with the College.