King George V School

King George V School

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King George V School (Chinese: 英皇佐治五世學校), often shortened to "KGV" (pronounced K-G-Five) is a co-educational international secondary independent school of the English Schools Foundation, located in the Ho Man Tin area of Hong Kong. Currently serving 1,700 students in the Kowloon peninsula, it is one of the oldest schools in Hong Kong, with a long history and many traditions. Its students take IGCSEs followed by the International Baccalaureate. KGV has a unit for children with special needs. The campus is 10.2 acres (41,000 m2) in size. The school is one of three English Schools Foundation schools in Kowloon and New Territories, the others being Sha Tin College and Renaissance College Hong Kong.

History

Pre-WW2 period

KGV is the oldest of all the schools in the English Schools Foundation. It first opened in 1894 on Nathan Road, and originally catered for European living in Kowloon. At the time, the school occupied just one small building. It was destroyed in a typhoon in 1896, and Kowloon College opened in its place in 1902. A huge opening ceremony took place. Many of the Hong Kong colony's elite, such as Major General Gascoigne, the Apostolic Vicar of Hong Kong Louis Piazzoli and J.H. Stewart Lockhart, the Colony Secretary, were there. The school was built using donations from Sir Robert Hotung. Drawing Europeans from all over Hong Kong,...
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