Al-Ahliyyah College-Ramallah

Historical Overview of the School

Four years after the establishment of the Ramallah parish in 1856, by the parish priest Father Boutros Kouta, who bought a 22-dunam piece of land, the current location of the parish, he built a monastery, which he used as his residence, church, and school in 1860. This small nucleus of the school developed and expanded in 1875. After World War I, during the time of the parish priest Father Hanna Markador in 1921, the school's enrollment reached 170 male students and 208 female students.

Father Mansour Jallad, who served the parish between the years 1929-1935, boasted of the parishioners, saying, "They are highly intelligent and skilled. A large number of students who graduated from the school became doctors, engineers, lawyers, and specialists in various branches of the humanities. The number of male students during this period reached 700 students." When Father Ayad became the parish priest in 1940, he took special care of the school and is credited with elevating the private school to the secondary stage due to the abundance of secondary schools in the city.

Father Louis Favero undertook many works in the parish and the school with the help of benefactors from abroad and parishioners in the United States. In 1977, he inaugurated the parish hall, which was also used for school activities. In 1994, he built the kindergarten. During the time of the parish priest Father Ibrahim Hajazin in 2005, a large sports hall for school activities was built with generous support from benefactors abroad.

In its early days, the Al-Ahliyyah college consisted of only two stages, the preparatory stage and the elementary stage, until 1945 when it was decided to add the upper stages, making it a secondary school from that time, as previously mentioned during the time of Father Ibrahim Ayad, and it became known by its current name, Al- Ahliyyah College. Its students, who were exclusively male, until 1965, when the females were integrated, making it coeducational to this day.