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What is now known as Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School did not exist overnight. It is an answer to the prayer of Rev. Mother Arcade O.L.A. (R.I.P.). She actually prayed to Our Lady that this land (Maryland compound) be given to the Catholic Mission to establish a school. She made a promise that if the request was granted by Our Lady, the land would be named after her. Thus, her request was granted and the land was named “Maryland” in 1950 – a name that has become the landmark in the fast spreading Lagos metropolis of today.



In 1950, Maryland was prepared for St. Agnes Teachers’ College which was moved from its Yaba site. The Teachers’ College was later relocated to form a co-educational Teachers’ College with St. Leo’s Abeokuta in 1968, while paving the

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From the First Head Boy’s Desk

  • At the beginning

As we celebrate the 50th Founders Day, the First ever Grand Reunion of all Great Landers and the firm establishment of our Alumni Association, I feel highly honoured to write a brief account of my experience at MCSS, our dear Alma Mater in the early years.

I was one of those students who were given ‘late’ admission to the new school in January, 1969. I remember that Tuesday evening when I brought a note from my mentor and spiritual father, Rev. Fr. Joachim Coakley (SMA) (RIP), the then Secretary to the Founding Proprietor of the school – Rt Rev Dr. J K Aggey (RIP), the first Nigerian Archbishop of Lagos. I had lived with Baba Coakley for about 18 months before he gave me the note to the Founding Principal of MCSS – Rev Sister Kathleen O’Regan (OLA) who later was to be a “mother” to me. He took the note and

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