SM Sultan Abdul Halim

Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim (English: Sultan Abdul Halim Secondary School; abbreviated SMSAH) is a premier boarding school, located in Jitra, Kubang Pasu, Kedah.Established in 1963 under Razak Report, it is the first boarding school in Kedah. The school is nickname as Jenan. In 2010,the school was awarded with the Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi or High Performance School[1] title, a title awarded to the 20 schools in Malaysia that have met stringent criteria including academic achievement, strength of alumni, international recognition, network and linkages. The school is specialised in rugby and wind orchestra.[2] The school obtained first place among all schools in Kedah in the recent Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia 2016 with 25 students obtaining straight A's.[3]

SM Sultan Abdul Halim

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TypePublic Mixed-gender education, boarding school Sekolah Berasrama Penuh
MottoBelajar Dan Berbakti
("Study And Serve")
Established7 May 1963
School districtJitra
School codeKEA4036
PrincipalZuraisham bin Che Azmi
GradesForm 1 - Form 5
Number of students615
Classes(Lower form) Arif, Bestari, Cerdas, Dinamik, Elit -(Upper form) Science 1-3, Teknikal 1
Medium of languageMalay, English
HousesAndeka, Cendekia, Wira, Sateria, Pendeta, Juara


Establishment of Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim line to meet the development needs in the field of Malay-medium education in Malaysia after independence.

In 1958 a Malay-medium secondary degrees has been opened in Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Setar with enrolment of 31 people. Number of students has increased to 791 people in 1963. At this stage, there is a need to establish a specific school to accommodate Malay stream students. Razak Report is produced in 1956 and recommended the establishment of the school as among pilot school in Malay-medium education.

Flow of students studying at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Setar were absorbed into Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim (SMSAH). They moved into its own building located in Jenan, Jitra on 7 May 1963. Complex area of over 51 acres has 27 classrooms, a large hall, a gymnasium and a cafeteria. 2 classrooms temporary dormitory. In 1964, three dormitory buildings and a mosque was built. The opening ceremony was officiated by His Majesty the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, the Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman on 8 April 1965.[4] The school is celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2013.[5]

Students Life

SMSAH Band is among the most influential orchestra band in SBP's. As the school is specialised in wind orchestra, the band have an excellent achievement in Finale Wind Orchestra. The band gain first runner up in 2003, crowned champion in 2004 and second runner-up in 2009.[6]

Notable alumni

The school alumni body is Persatuan Bekas Pelajar SMSAH.


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