Abbottabad Public School

Coordinates: 34°13′33″N 73°14′29″E / 34.2257°N 73.2415°E / 34.2257; 73.2415
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Abbottabad Public School
ایبٹ آباد پبلک سکول
Coordinates34°13′33″N 73°14′29″E / 34.2257°N 73.2415°E / 34.2257; 73.2415
Other nameAPS
Former name
  • Railway Public School
  • Abbottabad Public School and College
TypeSemi Government School
Motto"Character is Destiny"
"Latin: character est clavis est victoria"
Established1961; 63 years ago (1961)
FounderM.A Rehman
PrincipalCol.(Retd)Khalid Basheer
EnrollmentOver 80 enrollment per year
  •   Liaqat House
  •   Iqbal House
  •   Jinnah House
  •   Sir Syed House
  •   Nishtar House
  •   Sardar Bahadur House
  •   Sultan Tipu House
  •   Rehman House
Color(s)    Red and Blue

Abbottabad Public School (APS) (Urdu: ایبٹ آباد پبلک سکول; Pashto: ایبټ اباد پبلک سکول), formerly Railway Public School and Abbottabad Public School and College, is a public, all boys, boarding school for 7th to 12th grade students, located in Abbottabad, Pakistan.[1][2] APS follows the philosophy of the British boarding schools where academic rigour is balanced with a disciplined boarding life with activities ranging from intramural sports to debating and cultural events. Abbottabad Public School is located at an altitude of about 4500 feet.[2][3][failed verification][4][5][unreliable source]


In 1957, Pakistan Railways opened up a school outside Abbottabad on official railways land 'donated' by Sardar Bahadur Khan,[citation needed] brother of General Ayub Khan from Haripur, Hazara. who later became the President of Pakistan. The school was called Railway Public School. After two years it was closed and then after a gap of one year, in April 1961, the school was renamed as Abbottabad Public School.[6]

In 1986, Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, the then President, renamed the institution as Abbottabad Public School & College. The School's Board of Governors, in its meeting on July 20, 2002, deleted the words "and College" and gave the institute its original name Abbottabad Public School. It is popularly known as APS and its alumni as Abbottonians. Abbottabad Public School had the word "College" attached to it sometime in the 90's. The founding Principal was Mr. M. A. Rahman.

The main campus is 10 km outside Abbottabad on the main Mansehra Road, that eventually becomes Karakoram Highway. It covers an area of about 55 acres (220,000 m2). The school is surrounded by deep natural ravine in almost a U-shape. The only non-crevice side faces a high mountain. The Karakoram Highway passes between the school and the mountain.

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  2. ^ a b "Abbottabad Public School". Retrieved 27 September 2013.[self-published source]
  3. ^ "Latitude and Longitude". Satellite Signals. Archived from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Abbottabad Public School Video | School Activities, Sports & Lectures". Retrieved 27 September 2013.[permanent dead link][self-published source]
  5. ^ "Abbottabad Public School". Retrieved 27 September 2013.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Golden jubilee: APS sports gala concludes". The Express Tribune. September 26, 2016.