B. V. S. Parsi High School

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Bai Virbaiji Sopariwala Parsi High School
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Location
Karachi, Sindh
Pakistan
Information
Type Private
Established 1859
School district 22
Principal Mrs. Kermin Parakh

Bai Virbaijee Soparivala (BVS) Parsi High School is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It was opened in 1859 as Karachi Parsi Balak Shalla, by the Zoroastrian residents of Karachi. The Government of Education of Sindh has rated BVS "The Best Private Boys School for the Millennium."[citation needed]

History[edit]

  • The Zoroastrian residents of Karachi, feeling the need for imparting religious education and knowledge of Gujarati, opened on 23 May 1859, “The Parsi Balakshala,” or children’s school.
  • In June 1862, Seth Shapurji Hormusji Soparivala was appointed the secretary of the school. In May 1870, Seth Shahpurji Hormusji Soparivala, in memory of his late wife, Bai Virbaiji Soparivala, donated his personal two story house on Frere Street (valued Rs. 10,000/-), to be used as a coeducation vernacular school. Thereafter, the school was named the Parsi Virbaiji School. The opening ceremony was performed on 24 September 1870, by the Commissioner in Sindh, Sir William Merewether.
  • On 1 April 1918, the girls' section of the school was separated and commenced to function on the first floor of the building. In June 1919, the girls’ school shifted to its present location of Mama School.
  • Through the efforts of the managing committee and principal, technical classes were organized in the school, and in June 1946, a technical workshop building began.
  • In 1947, after the partition of the subcontinent, on the personal request to the elders of the Parsi community by the Quaid-I-Azam, Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the school opened its doors to all Muslim and other non Parsi children of the new nation.
  • On 23 May 1958, the school began Centenary celebrations and the entire Parsi community participated in the functions that were organized.

Architect[edit]

In 1875, Parsi Virbaiji Soparivala School became Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi Anglo-Vernacular School and H. E. Sir Robert Temple, Governor of Bombay, visited the PVS. In 1877, Seth Shahpurji was awarded the "Certificate of Loyalty" by Queen Victoria for his services in the field of education and social sector. In 1904, the construction of the present building started, and, in 1906, BVS shifted to the new building at Victoria Road (now Abdullah Haroon Road). BVS was designed by Moses Somake, the Jewish architect who is perhaps the first known architect of many Karachi buildings.

Principals[edit]

  • Ruttonji Pestonji Gowalla, dates not available
  • Mr. Dhanjibhai, dates not available.
  • Mr. Framji, dates not available.
  • Mr. Jamshedji Framji Master, 1863–1884
  • Mr. Khursedji Shapurji Soparivala (Hon.), 1884
  • Mr. Umiyashanker Khushal, 1884
  • Mr. Ramji Chapsi (Mochi), 1884–1887
  • Mr. Cowashah Edulji Anklesaria, 1900–1918
  • Mr. Rustom Jamsedji Dastur, 1918–1920
  • Mr. Dinshaw Pestonji Ghadially, 1888–1899
  • Dr. Maneck B. Pithawalla, 1920–1946
  • Mr. Behram Sohrab H. J. Rustomji, 1946–1965
  • Mr. Behram Minwalla, 1965–1967
  • Mr. Rustom Divecha, 1967–1972
  • Mrs. Deena Mistri, 1972–2004
  • Mrs. Kermin Parakh, 2005–Present

Notable alumni[edit]

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