Jesuit Memorial College (JMC) aptly arculated in the metaphor of the Phoenix, the symbol of the school and expressed in its moo, “Hope Reborn,” is a full boarding co-educational school, rising out of the ashes of the tragic Sosoliso plane crash of 10th December 2005. Among the passengers on that flight were sixty-one students from Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja. Sixty of them passed on tragically that day. This was a tragedy of epic proporon. Fifty-four families lost their children; one family lost three children, while seven families lost two children each.
As a way of sharing/assuaging our pain and to immortalize our “Sixty Angels,” the then Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief (Dr) Peter Odili, graciously acquiesced to the request of the Port Harcourt parents to give seed money and land to the Jesuits to begin a new Jesuit secondary school in Port Harcourt so that out of the ashes of their children, new shoots might blossom. The Jesuits of the North-West African Province of the Society of Jesus frontally and bravely took on this challenge!