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1961-09-23 Clementi Secondary School Fortress Hill

The motto is cited from the Analects of Confucius,”Letters, Ethics, Devotion of soul, and Truthfulness.” for the pre-tertiary institution in Fortress Hill, North Point Hong Kong.
Founded by the 17th British Governor of Hong Kong and the 20th Governor of the Straits Settlements Sir Cecil Clementi, the school has the longest history in using Chinese (with specialization in Classical Chinese) as medium of instruction in Hong Kong. Besides the strong emphasis on classical Chinese, the school was also instructed, since its founding, to provide a well-rounded English education to its pupils due to its strong ties with the British colonial government. British national anthem was sung and the Union Jack was displayed continuously until the handover of Hong Kong to China. Students and Alumni of the school are commonly known as “Clementian”.
The Governor of Hong Kong Cecil Clementi, who had a profound interest in the Chinese language, decided to establish a school using Chinese as the medium of instruction. In 1926, Government Vernacular Middle School (官立漢文中學) was founded. Government Vernacular Middle School is the first government school to use Chinese as the medium of instruction. Li King Hong, the then-Chinese language inspector of schools, was appointed the first principal of the school.
During World War II, the school suspended its operations under the Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong. After the war, the school was renamed Government Vernacular Senior Middle School (官立漢文高級中學). It was renamed again in 1951 to Clementi Middle School (金文泰中學) and in 1988 to Clementi Secondary School, after the governor.
1926-03-01 Hospital Road (now site of Lok Sin Tong Leung Kau Kui College).
1961-09-23 at the current site at 30 Fortress Hill Road.

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