SMK Sultan Abdul Halim (SMSAH) in Jenan, Jitra, Kedah, will celebrate its Golden Jubilee next month.
The residential school, which was established on May 7, 1963, was named as a High Performance school by the Education Ministry in 2010.
The school’s alumni chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, who is also Universiti Utara Malaysia vice-chancellor, launched the countdown to the historic date at the SMSAH Hall on Sunday with the school’s Wind Orchestra.
Dr Mohamed Mustafa said the school had a humble beginning in 1958 with only a single class at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar with Malay as its medium of instruction.
“The present school premises began with a student population of 800 on May 7, 1963, and occupied an area of 20.6ha with 27 classrooms, of which two were converted into hostels, a large hall, a gymnasium and a canteen.
“The following year, three hostels and a mosque were built, and the school was officially declared open by His Royal Highness Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on April 8, 1965,” he said.
Dr Mohamed Mustafa said SMSAH was declared a fully residential school on January 1, 1972.
The launch of the countdown was attended by upper secondary students and committee members of the alumni association.
Dr Mohamed Mustafa said several events had been lined up in conjunction with the celebrations.
“Among the activities will be a Royal Banquet on June 30 with the King and Queen, and the launching of the SMSAH Alumni Foundation,” he added.
“Other events will be the naming of a road stretching from the principal’s office to the hall as the Walk of Fame with pictures of prominent former students erected along both sides of the road, an exhibition, a carnival as well as golf and futsal tournaments,” he said.
Dr Mohamed Mustafa said the main celebration on May 7 would involve all school personnel including past and present students, teachers and school staff.
“The highlight will be a mass bersanding ceremony of former SMSAH students who were married to each other since 1967.
“A total of 100 couples is expected to make the one-off ceremony an occasion to remember on May 4 at the SMSAH Hall,” he added.