Cadet College Hasan Abdal was founded and funded by the Government of the Punjab whereas the land was contributed by the army. It was established at the initiative of the then Commander-in-Chief Pakistan Army, General Muhammad Ayub Khan, originally to serve as a feeder institution to the Services Academies.
CCH in 1954
CCH in 2013
For this purpose, Military Wings were started at Government College Sahiwal and Islamia College Peshawar in 1952. On the completion of the present campus, it was named as Punjab Cadet College Hasan Abdal which started functioning in April 1954. Its name changed to Government CadetCollege in 1957, and finally, in 1960 it came to be known as Cadet College Hasan Abdal and started functioning as an autonomous body.
Its founder Principal was Mr. Hugh Catchpole, an Englishman, who gave this institution a remarkable start, which the successive generations of principals, teachers and Abdalians are trying to maintain by putting in their all-out efforts. Primarily, the College prepares the cadets for the SSC and HSSC examinations and GCE ‘O’ Level Cambridge University Examinations. Every year, the College distinguishes itself by securing most of the top positions of Rawalpindi Board examinations.
Similarly, it achieves admirable success in Cambridge University Examinations. Moreover, being a residential institution it offers a wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, which instill leadership qualities and confidence in the cadets and give them an opportunity to explore and then promote their talents; it also emphasizes on all-round personality development and character-building of its cadets.
The total strength of the College is about 520 cadets, who are selected in a batch of nearly 110 in 8th grade after qualifying the written examination and interview. The training is oriented to prepare the cadets for the Armed Forces, but they are at liberty to pursue any career of their choice. Nowadays, Abdalians are joining all walks of life, leaving their mark in almost every profession.
In the battlefield, the old boys of this College have set records of bravery by sacrificing their lives for their sacred Motherland. Sitara-e-Jurat has been conferred on as many as 18 old boys of the College! The list of achievements of Abdalians in civil and Armed Forces goes on and on! This College has contributed comprehensively and substantially to the progress of our country: perhaps, it has delivered far more and far better than visualized by its founding fathers. Truly, it would not be wrong to say that this College has earned a unique and unparalleled place of excellence all across Pakistan.