Leo XIII Higher Secondary School, with its academic heritage for two centuries remains the beacon light of Alappuzha, the Venice of the East. The school was initiated by the Jesuit missionaries, that was under the Padruado system. Initially, that was known as St. Antony’s school in 1870’s as it was managed by the clerics of St. Antony’s Church. It was later renamed as Leo XIII as it was the year of the jubilee memorial of Pope Leo XIII. It became a middle school on 1st June 1889. It was rased as a High school in 1921 with the implementation of ESLC instead of matriculation. The institution was handed over by the Jesuits to the diocese in 1969 and then on, it has been functioning under the Corporate Management of the diocese of Alleppey. The school was later rased as a higher secondary school in 1998 as part of the educational reforms in Kerala.

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H.H.Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII (2 March 1810 – 20 July 1903), born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci to an Italian comital family, was the 256th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, reigning from 1878 to 1903. He was the oldest pope (reigning until the age of 93), and had the third longest pontificate, behind his immediate predecessor Pius IX and John Paul II. Learn more...


Before AD- 1870, St. Antony’s church was situated at the present basketball court of the school. The present playground was the cemetery. Old building at the extreme west end was the school meant for catechism ,language, mathematics and music. 1870 – The church was shifted to the present place of the cathedral for the school to be constructed intending modern education. Learn more...