Outstanding Burmese

Sandaya Sayas

Early days

  • Gita Lu Lin Maung Ko Ko
  • Chit Swe
  • Hla Htut
  • Sein Thaung


  • Hla Moe
  • Tin Win Hlaing
  • Kun Maung
  • Kun Zaw
  • U Bo Gyi (A59, Sayadaw)
  • U Kyaw Oo (M67, GBNF)
  • U Tin Tun (M71)
  • U Than Po (M75)

Family of Engineers

The lists are not exclusive.

Three Generations

  • Saya U Ba Hli (Dean)
  • Saya Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (EE, son of U Ba Hli)
  • U Tha Hlaing (EC83, grandson of U Ba Hli)

Five Siblings

  • Saya U Thein Lwin (EE, GBNF)
  • U Myo Myint (ChE from USA)
  • U Kyi Lwin (George, C67)
  • U Tint Lwin (Daniel, M69)
  • U Thet Lwin (Henry, EE72)

Four Siblings

  • Saya U Tin U (C)
  • Saya U Ba Than (M)
  • U Tin Htoon (A60)
  • U Thaung Lwin (EC66)

First in Burma in Matriculation

The lists are not exclusive.

Early Days

U Kyaw Myint (Barrister-at-law, father of Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint) stood first with Distinctions in all subjects from Central High School.

U Ba Khin (Auditor General, Eminent Vipassana Teacher) stood first from St. Paul’s High School.

SPHS Roll of Honor

George Chapman (Son of Saya Chapman, SPHS, 1951)

Dr. Nyunt Tin (SPHS, 1952)

Koon Yin Chu (Philip Chu, SPHS, 1954)

Dr. Soe Win (SPHS, 1958)

Dr. Frankie Ohn (SPHS, 1959)

Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS, 1963)

The Honor Roll disappeared after the Nationalization of SPHS. It was recovered by U Soe Nyunt (Royal Rose Restaurant).

Bernard Khaw (SPHS, 1965) was from the Last Batch of True Paulians.

Family of Firsts

The following five members of the family all stood First in Burma

(1) U Hoke Sein (Compiler of the Pali-English-Burmese DictionarY)
(2) U Saw Hlaing (Son of U Hoke Sein)
(3) Dr. Cherry Hlaing (Daughter of U Saw Hlaing)
(4 & 5) Son and Daughter of Dr. Cherry Hlaing

Saya Dr. Soe Win (SPHS58, First in Burma in 1958) expressed Mudita (Altruistic Joy) as follows:

Amazing! What a fantastic record. Unbeatable.

Other Schools

In 1956, St. Peter’s High School in Mandalay stood First, Second and Joint Third.

Dr. Hla Shwe (Boon Chiong) stood first from a school in Yegyaw.

In 1960, Austin Kyan (MEHS) stood first.

In 1961, Lina Ong stood first.

In 1964, Dr. Cherry Hlaing (St. John’s Convent) has the same raw score with Dr, Kyn Aung Thet, but she scored a perfect 50 in ILA to be considered the Top Matriculate of her year.

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