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Matriculation

Updated : August 5, 2019

Matric 63

The list is not exhaustive.

SPHS Roll of Honor

  • SPHS (St. Paul’s High School) used to display a “Roll of Honor”.
  • It mainly lists those who finish in the top three positions in the Matriculation examination.
  • It sometimes lists a “block” (1st to 4th in 1959, 1st to 5th in 1963).
  • After nationalization, the Roll of Honor went missing.
  • It was recovered by U Soe Nyunt (SPHS66, Taw Win Hnin Si / Royal Rose Restaurant).
  • There may have been older “Roll of Honor”.
  • U Ba Khin (SPHS, famous Vipassana teacher) stood first. He became the first native Auditor General after Burma gained Independence.

1946

  • Rangoon University was closed for three years. It reopened in 1946.
  • Saya U Tin U (Dio, C) joined Rangoon University along with Dr. Pe Nyun (Dick San Pe), and Dr. Pe Thein (Tom San Pe). They represented RUBC in the 1948 Independence Regatta and became Gold. U Tin U is the most senior Past Captain alive at the time of the writing.
  • Saya U Sein Hlaing (EE) joined the Faculty of Engineering after graduation as Assistant Lecturer. He studied MS at MIT. Upon his return to Burma, he was promoted to Lecturer. He retired as Professor and Head of the Electrical Engineering Department.

1947

  • Saya U Ba Than (Dio, M) won the Collegiate Scholarship. He gained the highest marks among the Science students and also overall in the Intermediate examination in 1949. He is an alumnus of Imperial College, University of London. Saya taught at RIT until his retirement as Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering. He donated photo albums to MES and HMEE-2012 project.
  • Dr. Myint Soe (Lawyer, Singapore) gained the highest marks among the Arts students in the Intermediate examination in 1949.

1948

  • Saya U Aung Khin (M) joined Rangoon University. He studied BSME and MSME at Lehigh University and another Masters degree at a Canadian University. Saya retired as Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering and relocated to Canada.
  • U Aw Taik Moh (C54) served as EC for RUESU Magazine. He did his Masters at MIT. He wrote “BOC College Graduate” for RIT Alumni International Newsletter.

1949

  • Saya U Khin Aung Kyi (Central, ChE) stood 7th. He retired as Rector in the 80s.
  • Saya Dr. Aung Gyi (C), Saya U Min Wun (C) and Saya U Maung Maung Than (T) were the first three recipients of the “Twinning Program” to study BS and MS programs in the US. Saya Dr. Aung Gyi retired as Rector in the 70s and relocated to Canada. Saya U Min Wun retired as Professor and Head of Civil Engineering in the 80s and relocated to USA. Saya U Maung Maung Than was Chair of the RIT Sports Council. He retired as Rector and was requested to help establish the Engineering branch of DSA. He is GBNF.

1951

  • George Chapman (SPHS) stood First in Burma.
  • He is son of Saya Chapman, who taught English and published notes for use by high school students.

1952

  • Dr. Nyunt Tin (SPHS, GBNF) stood First in Burma. He is the son of Sithu U Tin, Past President of RUBC. He is FRCS. His younger brother Saya U Han Tin is Past Captain and Gold of RUBC.
  • Dr. Myo Tint (TTC, younger brother of Sayagyi U Ba Than) stood 3rd. He is the of Ma Kay (EE93). He retired as Medical Superintendent of Workers’ Hospital.
  • Saya U Htin Paw (EE58) won two Gold Medals in his Final Year.

1954

  • Koon Yin Chu (SPHS, A60) stood First in Burma. He also stood First in the Class of A60. He founded a restaurant in Northern California.

1956

  • Dr. Than Myint (Harry Wang, SPHS) was Joint Third. He received his Ph.D. in Physics.
  • U Soe Paing (SPHS) was 13th. He won the Collegiate Scholarship. He won a Gold Medal for scoring the highest marks in Mathematics for I.Sc. examinations. He was also awarded the Matthew Hunter Silver Medal for scoring the most total marks in the I.Sc. examination in 1958. He received his BSEE and MSEE from Stanford University in the USA and M.Sc. (Computer Science) from the University of Southampton in the UK. He helped Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe found UCC. He retired after working for UNDP projects in several countries. He was a driving force for HMEE-2012 project.
  • St. Peter’s High School in Mandalay claimed First, Second and Joint Third.

1958

  • Dr. Soe Win (SPHS, Chemistry) stood First in Burma. He is the son of Saya U Sein (SPHS) and the nephew of Saya U Kyaw Sein (SPHS). He received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of London. He retired as Rector of YUFL (Yangon University Foreign Language)
  • Robert Sein (SPHS, Physics) stood Second. He studied Physics Honors. He is the elder brother of Dr. Wendy Sein (spouse of Dr. Thein Htut (RUBC Gold)).
  • Saya U Myo Min (UCC) stood First among the I.Com students in 1960. He also stood First among the B.Com students in 1962. He became a Chartered Accountant in the UK. He worked as Systems Analyst for IBM (UK) before returning to Burma to help found UCC. He did his Masters in Systems Engineering at the University of Lancaster in the UK. After retirement, he relocated to USA.

1959

  • Dr. Frankie Ohn (Hla Tin Ngwe, SPHS) stood First in Burma. He is the son of U Tin Ohn (who was in the room adjacent to the meeting room when the Arzanis were shot). His elder brother Dr. Tin Wa (SPHS57) is Past Captain and Gold of RUBC. He was named Tin Hla to complete the name sequence : Tin Nyo, Tin Bo, Tin Mo, Tin Wa and Tin Hla. He changed his name to include his mother. Ko Frankie has a Ph.D. in Physics. He founded a company in Southern California and sold it.
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th were also from SPHS
  • Saya U Tin Hlaing (ChE65, Singapore Poly) and Saya U Thein Aung (Micky Tan, Physics, RUBC Gold, GBNF) are members of SPHS59

1960

  • Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS) missed the top five positions by a mark each. The SPHS brothers were disappointed even though SPHS won many Collegiate scholarships.
  • Dr. Austin Kyan (MEHS), Dr. Nyan Win, Arthur Hla Maung (GBNF), Marie Nyunt and another took the top five spots.

1961

  • Dr. Kyaw Win (Robin Ban, SPHS) stood Second. He joined RUBC along with Dr. Lawrence Tims and Dr. Myo Nyunt.
  • Lina Ong stood First.

1963

  • SPHS students had the top five positions, seven in the top ten, and ten in the top twenty.
  • Dr. Khin Maung U stood First in Burma. He has several Fellowships and an MD. He worked for BMRI. He retired from FDA in the USA.
  • Dr. Min Oo (Mathematics) stood Second. He has two doctorates in Mathematics. He taught in Canada and Germany, and was a visiting professor in the USA.
  • Dr. Myo San (Freddie, GBNF) stood Third. He took early retirement as a surgeon.
  • Dr. Nyunt Wai (Victor) stood Fourth. He taught at IM and at a Malaysian University. His hobbies include painting, poetry and writing.
  • Dr. Thein Wai stood Fifth. He moved to the USA.
  • Hla Min (EC69) stood 7th. He is a Jack of all trades and Master of some.
  • Dr. Aung Kyaw Zaw (Johnny Maung Maung) stood 9th. He retired from the Army.
  • Maung Maung Kyi (Dip Ing) stood 11th. He worked for Sittaung Paper Mill and PCIC. He moved to Wales.
  • Aung Thu Yein (Brownie Way, EC69, GBNF) stood 13th. He worked for MOC and Schlumberger.
  • Dr. Khin Maung Zaw (Frank Gale) stood 17th. He worked as a Psychiatrist and Examiner. He moved to UK.
  • Kenny Wong (MEHS, M69) stood Sixth. He moved to the USA.
  • Dr. Winnie Aung (Branch Convent) stood Eighth.

1964

  • Dr. Aung Win (Chiong Lam Peng, SPHS) had the second highest score and a perfect ILA score of 50. He was admitted to IM(2) as Roll Number One (in order of merit). He retired from Kaiser Permanente Group.
  • Dr. Min Lwin (Maurice Hla Kyi) had the fourth highest score. He was admitted to IM(2) as Roll Number Two. He lives in UK, but spends time in Myanmar. He is the cousin of U Win Maung (“Lake”) and Sayama Daw Khin Swe Aye (Winnie, ChE70).
  • Dr. Cherry Hlaing had the joint highest score and a perfect ILA score of 50. She was admitted to IM(1) as Roll Number One (in order of merit). She was selected Luyechun. She belongs to an elite family with five top Matriculates spanning four generations (including her grandfather U Hoke Sein, her father U Saw Hlaing, and her two children).
  • Dr. Lyn Aung Thet had four distinctions and the joint highest score, but he did not have a perfect ILA score and lost to Dr. Cherry Hlaing in the combined ILA and raw score. He was an all-round athlete (swimming, water polo, tennis) and played excellent chess. He was selected Luyechun in the subsequent year. He is the son of Professor Dr. Kyaw Thet (History) and Sayama Daw Khin Khin Gyi (Lecturer in History at Rangoon University and at a USA College).

1965

  • Bernard Khaw (SPHS) stood First in Burma. He scored 80+ in English. Sadly, he could not apply for professional courses in Burma. It was a brain drain.
  • According to Dr. Austin Sein Maung, SPHS also scored Second and Third.
  • Dr. Yi Thwe (SPHS) and Dr. Paing Soe (SPHS) were admitted as top students to IM(1). Dr. Yi Thwe moved to the UK. Dr. Paing Soe retired as Deputy Minister.
  • Myint Thin (M71, SPHS) was admitted as a top student to RIT. He was selected Luyechun. He rowed for RIT.

Editor’s Notes :

Per Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS60), his father U Kyaw Myint (Barrister at law) stood First in Matriculation in 1916 with distinctions in all subjects including typing and short hand. Dr. TOKM has written an interesting account of his father’s ups and downs.

Other non-Paulians who stood first in Matriculation include Dr. Hla Shwe (Boon Chiong, Yegyaw School). He received his doctorate in Physics from University of California at Berkley (UCB). He retired as Dean of a College in East Coast before moving back to California.

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