History of Burn Hall
Burn Hall traces its history back to 1943 when missionaries from St. Joseph's Society Mill Hill, London, established the Burn Hall School in Srinagar. It was named after an English Manor House, which had a hall with a stream (burn) running through it hence the name 'Burn Hall'.
In 1943, the missionaries established Burn Hall School in a rented home in Srinagar, with the motto "Industria Floremus - In Toil We Flourish". In 1948, Father Tijssen set up Burn Hall School in a small hotel building, the Abbot Hotel. Father Scanlon: the first principal of the school along with Borekamp and Mallet were appointed in staff. The Fathers replicated the system and promoted sports and extra-curricular activities such as music, debate, dramatics, and art as a means of character building.
Later on, additional space was acquired and more buildings were added to accommodate an increasing number of students and the school came under the control of the Diocesan Board of Education, Rawalpindi. In 1956, a school building was constructed a few miles outside the town, on Mansehra Road, the present location. Its purpose was to provide more room for the seniors and it became known as Senior Burn Hall, while the campus in the city center initially became Junior Burn Hall and later Burn Hall for Girls.
In 1977, the Burn Hall School Abbottabad, was taken over by the Pakistan Army and renamed as the 'Army Burn Hall College '.
History of Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle with its magical powers is considered as the deadliest natural hunting weapon, and most cherished bird of the mangols. In attack mode it is one of the fastest animals on earth and lethal aerial predator in the animal kingdom. It often flies in a slight dihedral, which means the wings are often held in a slight, upturned. The race is found in central Kazakhstan, eastern Iran, China and along the Himalayas.
Golden eagles are found in early cultures and older religions as well as national and military insignias. The symbolic meaning of the golden eagle is that of strong will and empowerment. The Golden Eagle comes into our lives as a message that an inevitable opportunity is beginning to surface and will open, therefore will be received and hence, finds linkages with the motto Quo Non Ascendam.
Quo non ascendam (To What Height can I not Rise)
History of the motto can be traced back to 17th century. First time the motto Quo non ascendet (What heights will he not scale?) appears on coat’s arm of Nicolas Fouquet, the then finance minister of King Louis XIV in France. The symbol can be found in many rooms and decorations at Vaux-le-Vicomte.
The impressive monogram with inspirational motto stimulates students’ inner capability, their self-confidence and ability to achieve the impossible.
Syed Ahmad Shaheed (SAS) House
Syed Ahmad Shaheed Barelvi (1786–1831), was a revolutionary Islamist Sufi and hero of the Battle of Balakot in 1831. He is considered the first modern Islamic leader to lead a movement that was "religious, military and political". Thus, Syed Ahmad Shaheed has become a symbol of the gallantry character, bravery and fighting for the rightful and just cause. Owing to these characteristics St Gabriel's Houses was renamed as SAS House. SAS House is a classic example of British architecture. It is a two storey building with the capacity of accommodating more than 150 students.
Shah Ismail Shaheed(SIS) House
Shah Ismail Shaheed was a man of word as well as action. He was an Islamic scholar and a warrior in the jihad proclaimed by Syed Ahmed Shaheed with Pushtoon tribes support against the Sikh kingdom in Punjab. Shah Ismail was a devoted follower and companion of Syed Ahmad Shaheed. He was martyred on 6 May 1831 during a fierce battle at Balakot. Like Syed Ahmad Shaheed, Shah Ismail Shaheed has also shown the path of liberation to the Muslims of India. Taking into the consideration of the great sacrifices of Shah Ismail Shaheed, the St Michael House was renamed as Shah Ismail Shaheed House. It is located in the new Academic Block building with the capacity to accommodate more than 150 students.
Sultan Tipu Shaheed (STS) House
Sultan Tipu Shaheed, the Tiger of Mysore, was a capable and innovative ruler and is considered a pioneer of rocket artillery. He continued fighting the British and defeated them in 1783. He was martyred on 4 May 1799 at Srirangapatna, during Fourth Anglo-Mysore War with the forces of the British East India Company, supported by the Marathas and the Nizam of Hyderabad. Sultan Tipu is highly regarded by the Muslims of subcontinent due to heroism, valor and fearlessness. His towering image inspires the young generation. Due to his unparalleled steadfastness and valour against British imperialism, one of the hostels of Burn Hall has been named after him.
Sultan Tipu Shaheed House is a large hostel facility for the boarders which was constructed in 1980s.
Sher Khan Shaheed (SKS) House
Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider-1999, is a hero of our times, who fought and martyred at Kargil. During the battle, the commanding officer of Indian Army wrote that Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed must awarded the highest military award. Taking into consideration of his devotion, commitment, determination and inspirer heroism, one of the hostel of Burn Hall has been named after him. Sher Khan Shaheed House is consisted of two blocks (A&B). Junior students: from 5th class to 8th class are accommodated in B block. While the senior students are accommodated in A Block.