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The four School Houses are named after people who renowned for their work in the cause of peace:

Hammarskjold    Gandhi      Schweitzer     U Thant

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1967), second Secretary-General of the United Nations, left a legacy of acute political wisdom ranging from tactical insights to the psychology of leadership and peacemaking to the hopes of humanity. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 while in the position of Secretary General of the UN.

Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869 – 1948), is considered the father of the Indian independence movement. Gandhi spent 20 years in South Africa working to fight discrimination. It was there that he created his concept of a non-violent way of protesting against injustices. While in India, Gandhi's obvious virtue, simplistic lifestyle, and minimal dress endeared him to the people. He was assassinated at age 78 in 1948.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) was born into a family who for generations had been devoted to religion, music, and education. Having decided to go to Africa as a medical missionary, Schweitzer in 1905 began the study of medicine at the University of Strasbourg. In 1913, having obtained his M.D. degree, he founded his hospital at Lambaréné in French Equatorial Africa.  In 1952 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as a missionary surgeon and for founding the Lambaréné hospital.

U Thant (1909-1974), was Burmese and the first non-European secretary general of the United Nations. On Nov. 3, 1961, Thant was named acting UN secretary general and was confirmed in the post on Nov. 30, 1962. On Dec. 2, 1966, he was elected to a second 5-year term.  As leader of the world organisation, Thant strove to bring peace to the Middle East. He made a major effort in 1968 to end the fighting in Vietnam.

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Last reviewed 28 May 2020
Last updated 28 May 2020