Maryland Comprehensive Secondary Sch., Lagos…

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MARYLAND COMPREHENSIVE SECONDARY SCHOOL.

 

THE NAME MARYLAND

What is now known as Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School did not exist overnight. It is an answer to the prayer of Rev. Mother Arcade, O.L.A. (R.I.P.) She actually prayed to our Lady that this land (Maryland compound) be given to the Catholic Mission to establish a school. She made a promise that if the request was granted by our Lady, the land would be named after her. Thus, her request was granted and the land was named “Maryland” in 1950 – a name that has become the landmark in the fast spreading Lagos metropolis of today.

EARLY YEARS OF MARYLAND

In 1950, Maryland was prepared for St. Agnes Teachers’ College which was moved from its Yaba site. The Teachers’ College was later relocated to form a co-educational Teachers’ College with St. Leo’s Abeokuta in 1968, while paving the way for the establishment of a new innovative secondary school - Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School (MCSS) on the 21st of January 1969. The school was innovative in the sense that, it became the first co-educational institution established by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, having founded so many girls’ schools in different parts of the country. MCSS thus inherited the fine buildings and extensive grounds which had been prepared for St. Agnes Teachers’ College.

ESTABLISHMENT OF MCSS

With the relocation of St. Agnes Teachers’ College, MCSS was established. Between 1969 and 1979, the school bloomed, offering boarding facilities for girls while the boys were day students. With the advent of the Universal Primary Education Scheme (UPE) and the ‘Take – Over’ in the 1970s, there was a phenomenal rise in school enrolments. The school soon had morning and afternoon sessions.

THE TAKE-OVER OF SCHOOL

In 1979, the Lagos State Government took over the school and it became a “Day” school. A division was made in the early 80s and the “Afternoon” session was named Mary Immaculate Secondary School, still located on the same site, but in a separate building. The “Morning” session remained Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School.
The School was upgraded to a Model School in 1996 by the State, a status that was justified as the students always distinguished themselves in various local and National Competitions by winning many laurels for the school.

However, what was once the entire compound of Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School and St. Agnes Primary School is now occupied by all education offices for Kosofe, the State Primary School Board, two secondary schools, three primary schools and a French Language Centre.

THE RETURN OF THE SCHOOL

On the 2nd of October, 2001, Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School was returned by the Lagos State Government, during the administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to the Catholic Mission headed by Anthony Cardinal Okogie (then Archbishop Anthony Okogie). The ‘returned’ MCSS was different from what was taken-over! True to its type, as one would not expect to find things as “palatable” as they were before the take-over of the school, there were infrastructural decay, over-population of students, indiscipline, to mention but a few.

The Catholic Mission handed the administration of the school to the founding sisters who began again to practically rebuild from the cradle.

ADMINISTRATION

From 1969 to 2001, a total of eleven Principals headed the school starting with the founding principal Rev. Sr. Kathleen O’Regan ,O.L.A. (R.I.P.) in 1969. Others who held the post of acting or substantive Principals were: Rev. Sr. Johanna McCarthy, O.L.A. (R.I.P.) Mr. A. B. Falohun, Mr. A. A. Omoera (R.I.P), Rev. F. F. McGovern,S.M.A. (R.I.P.) Mr. Paul Amenechi, (R.I.P.), Mrs. R. A. Majasan, Mrs. M. V. Dipeolu, Mrs. J. O. Olatunji, Mrs. M. V. Farinu and Olori A. A. Adeolu.

From October 2001 to September 2003, the school was headed by Rev. Sr. Mary Crowley, O.L.A. who invariably became the first Administrator in the new dispensation. On the 18th of September, 2003, the present Administrator, Rev. Sr. Esther Edeko, O.L.A. was appointed.

MOTTO

Our motto is “Love and Service”; chosen by the founding Sisters, the motto has continued to inspire and guide successive generations of Marylanders through changing times and circumstances.

MCSS TODAY

With the introduction of Universal Basic Education (UBE) and in line with the requirements of the Programme, the School was subdivided into both Junior and Senior Schools. Each school has its own HeadTeacher and Sectional Head. The Administrator, HeadTeachers and Sectional Heads form the administrative team of the school.

For more Information, contact:

Tel: 08023230290

Email: mcssmaryland@yahoo.com

 


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