Early Matriculates

U Kyaw Myint

U Kyaw Myint
  • Stood First in Matriculation in 1916 with distinctions in all subjects including typing and short hand
  • Barrister of law
  • Justice of High Court and Supreme Court
  • Head of Tribunal that tried Galon U Saw
  • Dean of Law, Rangoon University
  • Politician
  • Private Law Firm
  • Details in the posts by Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint

U Ba Khin

  • Attended St. Paul’s High School (SPHS)
  • Stood first in Burma in Matriculation in Prewar days
  • Auditor General
  • Managed four Directorates
  • Vipassana teacher
  • Dhamma Lineage : Ledi Sayadaw
  • Mentor : Saya Thet
  • Mentee : Saya S N Goenka

U Hoke Sein

  • Stood first in Burma
  • Studied /Practiced Law
  • Compiled Pali-English-Burmese Dictionary
  • Son : U Saw Hlaing
    Grand daughter : Dr. Cherry Hlaing and
    Two great grand children
    also stood First in Burma.
  • The record — five members spanning four generations who stood First in Burma — will never be broken.

Roll of Honor

  • St. Paul’s High School (SPHS) used to display a “Roll of Honor”
  • Lists Top students in the Matriculation examination.
  • Sometimes lists a block
    1st and 2nd in 1958
    1st to 4th in 1959
    1st to 5th in 1963
  • After nationalization, the Roll of Honor disappeared
  • Recovered by U Soe Nyunt (SPHS66, Taw Win Hnin Si / Royal Rose Restaurant)
  • Not sure if there is an older “Roll of Honor”
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  • Rangoon University was closed for three years
  • Reopened in 1946.
  • Saya U Tin U (Dio, C) attended Rangoon University in 1946 along with Dr. Pe Nyun (Dick San Pe), and Dr. Pe Thein (Tom San Pe)
    They represented RUBC in the 1948 Independence Regatta at Kandawgyi and became Gold
    U Tin U is the most senior Past Captain alive
  • Saya U Sein Hlaing (EE) attended Rangoon University in 1946
    Joined Faculty of Engineering as Assistant Lecturer in 1952
    MS from MIT
    Upon his return to Burma, he was promoted to Lecturer
    Retired as Professor and Head of Electrical Engineering
    He is GBNF


  • Saya U Ba Than (Dio, M) won the Collegiate Scholarship in 1947
    Won Gold Medal for scoring the highest marks among the Science students and overall in the Intermediate examination in 1949
    B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Imperial College, University of London
    Taught at RIT until his retirement as Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering
    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


  • Saya U Aung Khin (M) joined Rangoon University in 1948
    BS and MS from Lehigh University
    Received another Masters degree from a Canadian University
    Retired as Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering
    Moved to Canada
  • U Aw Taik Moh (C54)
    Served as Business Manager for RUESU Magazine
    MS from MIT
    Wrote “BOC College Graduate” for RIT Alumni International Newsletter


  • Saya U Khin Aung Kyi (Central, ChE) stood 7th
    BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT
    Retired as Rector in the 80s
  • Saya Dr. Aung Gyi (C), Saya U Min Wun (C) and Saya U Maung Maung Than (T, GBNF) were the first three recipients of the “Twinning Program” to study BS and MS in the US

    Saya Dr. Aung Gyi
    Retired as Rector in the 70s
    Moved to Canada

    Saya U Min Wun
    Retired as Professor and Head of Civil Engineering in the 80s
    Moved to USA

    Saya U Maung Maung Than
    Chair of the RIT Sports Council
    Retired as Rector
    Helped establish the Engineering branch of DSA
    He is GBNF


  • George Chapman (SPHS) stood First in Burma
    Father : Saya Chapman, who taught English and published notes for use by high school students


  • Dr. Nyunt Tin (SPHS, GBNF) stood First in Burma.
    Physician / FRCP
    Father : Sithu U Tin, Fourth President of RUBC
    Brother : Saya U Han Tin (Captain and Gold of RUBC)
  • Dr. Myo Tint (TTC) stood 3rd
    Brothers : U Tin U, U Ba Than, U Tin Htoon, U Myo Min, U Thaung Lwin
    Daughter : Ma Kay (EE93)
    Retired as Medical Superintendent of Workers’ Hospital
  • Saya U Htin Paw (EE58, GBNF)
    Won two Gold Medals in his Final Year


  • Boon Chiong (Hla Shwe, Yegyaw) stood First in Burma
    Doctorate in Physics from UC Berkeley
    Retired as Dean of a US university in East Coast
  • Dr. Kyaw Win (TTC)


  • Koon Yin Chu (SPHS, A60) stood First in Burma
    Also First in the Class of A60
    Founded a restaurant in Northern California
  • Dr. Tin Myo Than (TTC) stood Second


  • Lily Hwang (MEHS) stood First in Burma
    Sister : Daw Tin Tin Maw (Chemistry)


  • U Ye Myint (St. Peter’s) stood First
  • U Thoung Tin (St. Peter’s) was Second
  • U Khin Maung Than (St. Peter’s) was Joint Third
  • Dr. Than Myint (Harry Wang, SPHS) was Joint Third
    Ph.D. in Physics
  • U Soe Paing (SPHS) was 13th
    Won Collegiate Scholarship
    Won a Gold Medal for scoring the highest marks in Mathematics for I.Sc. examinations in 1958
    Awarded Matthew Hunter Medal for scoring the most total marks in I.Sc. examination in 1958
    BSEE and MSEE from Stanford University in the USA
    M.Sc. (Computer Science) from the University of Southampton in the UK.
    Helped Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe found UCC
    Retired after working for UNDP projects in several countries
    Driving force for HMEE-2012 project


  • Ko Sein Htoon (my brother),
    Ko Tin Wa,
    Ko Norman Khine (Myint Khine),
    Ko Peter (Ngwe Zoe),
    Ko Kyi Win (Eddie Khoo)
    matriculated from SPHS
  • Ko Oscar Ba Aye,
    Ko Stanley Aung,
    Ko Harry Taw
    Ma May Saw Lwin
    matriculated from MEHS
  • Need information about the Top students


  • Dr. Soe Win (SPHS) stood First in Burma
    Father : Saya U Sein (SPHS)
    Uncle : Saya U Kyaw Sein (SPHS)
    Spouse : Daw May Saw Lwin
    Chemistry Honors in 1962
    Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of London.
    Retired as Rector of YUFL (Yangon University Foreign Language)
  • Robert Sein (SPHS) stood Second
    Physics Honors in 1962
    Sister : Dr. Wendy Sein
  • Saya U Myo Min (SPHS)
    First among the I.Com students in 1960
    First among the B.Com students in 1962
    Became Chartered Accountant in the UK
    Systems Analyst at IBM (UK)
    Returned to Burma to help found UCC
    Masters in Systems Engineering, University of Lancaster, UK
    After retirement, he worked in Singapore and USA


  • Dr. Frankie Ohn (Hla Tin Ngwe, SPHS) stood First in Burma
    Father : U Tin Ohn (who was in the room adjacent to the meeting room in the Secretariat when the Arzanis were shot)
    Brother : Dr. Tin Wa. Past Captain and Gold of RUBC
    Was named Tin Hla to complete the name sequence : Tin Nyo, Tin Bo, Tin Mo, Tin Wa and Tin Hla
    Changed his name to include his mother
    Ph.D. in Physics
    Founded a company in Southern California and sold it
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th were also from SPHS
  • Saya U Tin Hlaing (ChE65, Singapore Poly),
    Saya Dr. Myint Han (Ch, CRO),
    Saya U Thein Aung (Micky Tan, Physics, RUBC Gold, GBNF)
    are members of SPHS59


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


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


  • First Matriculation Only examination
  • Saya U Ohn Maung (SPHS, ChE68)
  • Saya U Myint Soe (SPHS, C68)
  • As Guinea Pigs of the Education System, we had to take the first HSF Only examination

    Coup d’etat took place on March 2 while we were sitting for the examination. Continued taking the examination under heavy security


  • SPHS students had
    top five positions,
    seven in the top ten, and
    ten in the top twenty
  • Dr. Khin Maung U stood First in Burma
    Has MD and Fellowships
    Worked for BMRI
    Retired from FDA in the USA
  • Dr. Min Oo (Mathematics) stood Second
    Two doctorates in Mathematics from Germany
    Taught in Canada and Germany
    Visiting professor in the USA
  • Dr. Myo San (Freddie, GBNF) stood Third
    Took early retirement as a surgeon
  • Dr. Nyunt Wai (Victor) stood Fourth
    Taught at IM and at a Malaysian University
    Hobbies : painting, poetry and writing
    Admin : “Sagar Pa Ri Yei” Facebook Group
  • Dr. Thein Wai stood Fifth
    Moved to the USA
  • Hla Min (EC69) stood 7th
    Jack of all trades and Master of some
    Personal web site :
    Admin or Moderator of selected Facebook Groups

  • Dr. Aung Kyaw Zaw (Johnny Maung Maung) stood 9th
    Retired from the Army
  • Maung Maung Kyi (Dip Ing) stood 11th
    Worked for Sittaung Paper Mill and PCIC
    Moved to Wales
  • Aung Thu Yein (Brownie Way, EC69, GBNF) stood 13th
    Worked for MOC and Schlumberger
  • Dr. Khin Maung Zaw (Frank Gale) stood 17th
    Worked as Psychiatrist and Examiner
    Retired in UK
  • Kenny Wong (MEHS, M69) stood Sixth
    Worked in Malaysia and USA
  • Dr. Winnie Aung (Branch Convent) stood Eighth
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Hla Min (SPHS63)
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  • Dr. Aung Win (Chiong Lam Peng, SPHS)
    Second highest score and a perfect ILA score of 50
    Admitted to IM(2) as Roll Number One (in order of merit)
    Retired from Kaiser Permanente Group in California
  • Dr. Min Lwin (Maurice Hla Kyi)
    Fourth highest score
    Admitted to IM(2) as Roll Number Two
    Lives in UK, but spends time in Myanmar
    Cousins : U Win Maung (George), Daw Khin Swe Aye (Winnie)
  • Dr. Cherry Hlaing
    Joint highest score and a perfect ILA score
    Admitted to IM(1) as Roll Number One
    Selected Luyechun in the Summer of 1965.
    Belongs to an elite family with five top Matriculates spanning four generations
  • Dr. Lyn Aung Thet
    Four distinctions and joint highest score
    Did not have a perfect ILA score
    Lost to Dr. Cherry Hlaing in the combined ILA and raw score
    All-round athlete : swimming, water polo, tennis, chess
    Selected Luyechun in the subsequent year
    Parents : Dr. Kyaw Thet, Daw Khin Khin Gyi
  • Ko Zaw Min (St. Albert’s High School)
    Admitted as Roll Number One to 1st BE class at RIT
    Wrote memories of the RIT Days from 1964 – 1970
    Chose Electrical Power (when his head overruled his heart)
    Worked at Ceramics Factory
    Moved to US
    Studied Electronics and worked in the Industry until retirement


  • Bernard Khaw (SPHS) stood First in Burma
    Scored 80+ in English
    Could not apply for professional courses in Burma
    Left for North America
    Brother : U Cho (Shi Nai Chow)
  • Winston Sein Maung (SPHS) stood Second
  • Freddie San Shwe (Paing Soe, SPHS) stood Third
  • Dr. Paing Soe (SPHS) and Dr. Yi Thwe (SPHS) were admitted as top students to IM(1)

Dr. Paing Soe retired as Deputy Minister
Father : U San Shwe

  • Dr. Yi Thwe moved to the UK
    Father : Saw Ba Hein (Member, 1936 RU Strike)
  • Myint Thin (M71, SPHS)
    Admitted as a top student to RIT
    Selected Luyechun
    Rowed for RIT
    Worked in Singapore and Malaysia

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