St Britto High School was founded in 1946 and is run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and has been helping raise and teach, generations of exemplary young men for over 70 years !
Indo-Portuguese historian Dr. Teotonio de Souza, who was part of the school's staff in the 1970s, says this was the third institution set up by the Jesuits in Goa.
Its founding was assisted by Valentino Pinto, a wine-merchant of Mapusa. Initially, the school was called Sacred Heart High School. Its previous owner faced difficulties in staffing and running it, and handed it over to the Jesuits on 22 June 1946, in Portuguese-ruled Goa.
The school's name was changed to St. Britto High School on 18 May 1948.
Fr. Sylvester D'Souza was the first principal of the schools taken over, and both were initially co-educational. The Jesuits transferred the girls from the schools to the Apostolic Carmel (AC) nuns, already active in education in Goa, who went on to form the St. Mary's Convent High School, also at Mapusa, along the Altinho hilltop, where St. Britto is itself located.
Initially, St Britto's functioned from the Bardez Gymkhana site. Priests running the school and boarders rented houses atop the hill, an inconvenient arrangement more so in Goa's torrential monsoons.
The new site of the school was purchased from Cipriano da Cunha Gomes. The Goa Archdiocese assisted construction with a loan. Fr. Ubaldo de Sá, of Moira, is credited with the construction.