His Highness Sir Sadiq Mohammad Khan Abbasi, the Ameer of Bahawalpur laid the foundation stone of Sadiq Pubic School on 4th March 1953; provided 450 acres of land and financed the entire construction. His Chief Minister, Makhdoomzada Hassan Mahmud, supervised the project.
At that time there were very few public schools - Aitchison College in Lahore and Lawrence College in Murree - and His Highness was determined to provide a public school education for students in the Bahawalpur region.
On January 18th, 1954, His Highness Sir Sadiq Mohammad Khan Abbasi inaugurated the School with 37 students and 7 teachers. The initial structure consisted of the Main Academic Block, 2 Boarding Houses and 5 Staff Houses with Khan Anwar Sikandar Khan as the first Principal. Sadiq Public School began as an institution for girls and boys. In the next two years, one swimming pool, a hospital and 12 staff houses were built by the Public Works Department.
In 1957, the first batches of students appeared, for Senior Cambridge. In 1958 students appeared for Matriculation in 1958 and in 1966 for Intermediate and in 1966 students appeared for Cambridge A Levels.
In 1966 the admission of girls was stopped. A separate Girls' Section started in May 2003 with 9 girls and has since grown to more than 700 girls with more than 100 boarders commissioned August 2006. The new academic building for girls, donated by H.H. the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of UAE, was completed on July 25th, 2008 for girls classes (Class 6 to 12). Lessons for girls in the new building began on October 6th, 2008.
Today there are four academic blocks, six boarding houses, more than 2500 students, 180 teachers, 61 staff houses, 100 staff quarters, 2 swimming pools, a library, a squash court, a gymnasium, a horse-riding club, an IT Centre, and an open-air amphitheatre.
Through The Progressive School, Sadiq Public School provides free education (including uniform, books, and examination fees) for more than 350 children from Kindergarten to Class 10 from the families of our support staff.
Today, Sadiq Public School is the embodiment of its Founder's vision - a school providing an outstanding public school education to students not just from the Bahawalpur region, but from all over Pakistan. The School's facilities as well as the environment are outstanding. The opportunities for students are unlimited The curriculum is based on the 5-pointed star of the School's emblem: discipline, academics, sports, clubs & societies, and community service.
Sadiq Public School students gain admission to the world's best universities and make strong and valued contributions to their beloved Pakistan.