Church Mission School

Coordinates: 24°51′42″N 67°00′22″E / 24.8618°N 67.0060°E / 24.8618; 67.0060
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Church Mission School (CMS)
Karachi, Pakistan
Coordinates24°51′42″N 67°00′22″E / 24.8618°N 67.0060°E / 24.8618; 67.0060
Former nameFree School
TypePublic school
Established1854; 170 years ago (1854)
FounderHenry W. Preedy

The Church Mission School (CMS), officially known as CMS Government Boys Higher Secondary School, is a public school located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

The school was operated by the Christ Church before its 1971 nationalisation. Azizullah Sharif of Dawn stated that CMS, while operated by the church, was "one of the best educational institutions of the city where many students passed their matric examinations with flying colours."[1] As of 2010, four institutions occupy the complex: CMS Primary School, CMS Secondary School, Cutchhi Memon Association (CMA) Primary, and CMA Girls Secondary School. As of that year these schools occupy blocks that are more recent, while the original three blocks were vacant.[1]


Colonel Henry W. Preedy founded the school in 1854 as Free School.[2] The school was nationalized by the Pakistani government in 1971.[1] In 2010, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq, the Minister of Education of Sindh, ordered restoration of the three original blocks of the school, unused, after seeing them in a poor physical condition. Shabbir Jokhio, the district officer of male secondary schools and high schools, did not appear for the visit, so Mazhar-ul-Haq suspended him from his job.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Sharif, Azizullah. "Karachi: Restoration of Church Mission School ordered" (Archive). Dawn. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2014. "Taking notice of the highly dilapidated and bad condition of the Church Mission School (CMS) where Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had studied,[...]"
  2. ^ "یادگار سال 1854ء: پہلا اسکول سی ایم ایس" [Memorable Year 1854: First School CMS]. Daily Jang.
  3. ^ "Bombaywala, Ghulam Bombaywala transcript, 2 of 2" (Oral Histories from the Houston History Project) (). University of Houston Libraries. (Interview of Ghulam Mohammed Bombaywala, HHA #00570, July 19, 2007, Interviewer: Uzma Quraishi, Transcribed by Suzanne Mascola) p. 3. "GB: Karachi. I went to school there. Unique English School. Then, from there, you know, in Karachi, of course, called CMS. Then, the college was National College. I did my Inter [as in, intermediate school diploma] from there and then came here. Then got my associate degree from the University of Houston."