Bishop Cotton Boys' School
|Bishop Cotton Boys' School.|
"Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum" (Latin)
Neither to the Right Nor to the Left
|St. Mark's Road
|Founder||S. T. Pettigrew|
|Principal||John K. Zachariah|
|Campus size||14 acres (57,000 m2)|
|Houses||Pope, Pettigrew, Elphick, Pakenham Walsh, Thomas.|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Publication||The Cottonian, The Cotton Mill|
|Affiliation||Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ICSE) and The Indian School Certificate examination (ISC)|
|Information||+91 80 2221 3835|
|Former pupils||Old Cottonians|
The school is bordered by Residency Road, St Mark's Road, Lavelle Road and Vittal Mallya Road, and is spread over 14 acres (57,000 m2) of land in the heart of Bangalore.
The sister school Bishop Cotton Girls High School is located across the street right on St. Mark's Road and can be reached by a 2 minute walk.
The school's past extends back to the British Raj and the Victorian era with its beginnings in a house on High Grounds over which now stand the great ITC Windsor Hotel . It was started in 1865 by S. T. Pettigrew, the then Chaplain of St Mark's Cathedral who had a vision of starting a school for the education of children of European and Anglo-Indian families. In his own words, he wanted to "establish a day and boarding School for the Children of Christian residents in the station and its vicinity." The school was named in honour of George Cotton, Bishop of Calcutta, under whose stewardship a scheme of education was organized for the Anglican Churches in India.
In the first five years of the School it had three principals. It was only with the arrival of George Uglow Pope, a distinguished Tamil Scholar (who translated the famed Tirukkuṛaḷ into English) that the present site was acquired For Rs 47,500. The boys school and the girls School functioned on the same campus but under different heads. Under the stewardship of Pope, the school grew from strength to strength. A collegiate section was started and the School obtained recognition from the University of Madras. He gave the School its motto - 'Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum' meaning 'Neither to the right nor to the Left '.
It was Henry Whitehead, Bishop of Madras, who as the Chairman of the Board of Governors, as a last resort to save the School from closure, invited the members of the Saint Peter's Brotherhood to prevent such an eventuality. Herbert Pakenham-Walsh, of the Brotherhood of St. Peter, later to become Bishop, revived the school. The school still celebrates St. Peter's day amongst other traditions such as Guy Fawkes' bonfires. In 1911, the girls school was moved across the road. Elphick worked for a quarter of century for the growth of the school.
The last living member of the Brotherhood of St Peter in India, Father David, died a few years back of old age. He lived and worked in the school as the school chaplain.
The School Song
The Cotton's school song was penned by Herbert Pakenham-Walsh, of the Brotherhood of St. Peter. The words were set to music by N. M. Saunders. With its refrain "On, Straight, On", it follows the spirit of the School Motto, "Nec Dextrorsum, Nec Sinistrorsum", Latin for "Neither to the Right Nor to the Left".
The formation of Houses in Bishop Cotton may have occurred during 1910 since the Cotton Mill, 1910 makes a mention of "Puchi teams! Puchi marks!" . Pu-chi means insects. There were 125 students in school then and six teams were formed. The Pu-chi teams were named - Jerrimangalams, Bloodsuckers, Scorpions, White Ants and Cobras. Each team was led by a captain, and boys were grouped as 'big', 'medium sized' and 'little'. The Pu-chi teams were in place till 1933.
New houses were formed by combining -
- The Scorpions and Cobras as Pettigrew House
- The White Ants and Jerrimangalams as Pope House
- The Bloodsuckers and Mosquito as Pakenham-Walsh House
These names were assumed after the three pioneers of the school. Each team had a Head and a Captain of Games. In 1956, a fourth House was added which was named after William Elphick who was Warden from 1930 - 1955. Many boys volunteered to join the new House and all new admissions to the school automatically were added to this House. In 1996, a fifth House - Thomas House was formed.
- Pettigrew House was named after S. T. Pettigrew, Chaplain of St. Mark's Cathedral and founder of the school.
- Pope House was named after George Uglow Pope, the first warden of the School, 1871 - 1882. He came to the School from The Nilgiris and is remembered beyond the bounds of the School as a great scholar in Tamil. Pope gave the school its motto, "Nec Dextrorsum Nec Sinistrorsum".
- Pakenham-Walsh House was named after Herbert Pakenham-Walsh in 1933. Pakenham-Walsh left the wardenship of the school in 1913 and became the first Bishop of Assam in 1915.
- Elphick House was formed in 1956 and was named after William Elphick, Warden from 1930 - 1955. Elphick came to the School from Oxford Brotherhood in Calcutta, India.
- Thomas House was formed in memory of the late Iowerth Lowell Thomas who was the Warden from 1956 to 1970.
The school, administered along the lines of Junior, Middle and Senior School, works through three school terms, each ending with examinations. Students of Class X appear for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ICSE). Students of Class XII take up the Indian School Certificate Examination (ISC). The ISC examination is equivalent to the Pre- University examination conducted by the state boards of education.
Subjects taught at the ICSE level include English, an Indian or foreign language, History, Civics and Geography, Environmental Education, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and a choice between Commercial Applications, Computer Applications, Economics and Physical Education. At the ISC level, the school has three main streams, the science stream, the commerce stream and the arts stream. A total of Five or six subjects can be taken in ISC. Main subjects for Commerce are English, Commerce, Economics and Accounts while the main science subjects are English, Physics, Chemistry and Maths. The electives include Business Studies, Bio-Technology, Psychology, Computer Science, Business Maths and Electronics.
The School organises and conducts the Cottonian Shield, one of Bangalore's most prestigious cricket tournaments at the under 14 and under 16 levels.
Past heads include S. T. Pettigrew, Reynold, Bamforth, Dubois, George Uglow Pope, Hildesley, Parker, Williams, Watling, Burton, Smith, Barry, Ainley, Miller, Herbert Pakenham-Walsh, John Drury, Dawkin, Scipio, Hodges, Elphick, I. L. Thomas, A. T. Balraj, Francis Samuel,Abraham Ebenezer, John Ellis. John Zachariah is the present incumbent.
Annual Inter-house competitions include:
- Spelling bee
- Indoor Games
The school also hosts the following inter-school competitions:
- Synchronize is India's largest High School Science and Information Technology Festival that comprises events and competitions over a period of two days inviting teams from schools all over India. The events are:
- Blogger - blogging event,
- Clash of The Titans - debate event,
- Spark - Space Settlement Design event,
- Quest - treasure hunt event,
- Bloodwork - forensics event- it was judged the "best event" of Synchronize 2011 and the "most interesting" of synchronize 2012.
- Gadget Garage - engineering event, formerly known as Recon,
- Spectra - science exhibition event,
- Technocrat - IT event,
- Event X - mystery event,
- Dexterity - Robotics event,
- Anonymous - Ethical Hacking,
- Quad Damage - gaming event (which is also the flagship event of the fest),
- Dexterity- Robotics.
The inaugural edition was held in October, 2008 and had participation by over 300 students from 24 schools.Over the years the fest gathered momentum and in 2012, the fest accommodated over 1100 participants, making it one of the largest high school fests in India.
- Resurgence is India's biggest and most anticipated commerce and economics fest that compresses the complexity and diversity of the commercial sphere into ten events which play out over a span of one day inviting teams from educational institutions all over India. The events are:
- Area-51- Cottonian version of the famous board game monopoly;
- Dalal Street- Mock stock exchange;
- Fallout- Corporate law event;
- Find X- Commerce based treasure hunt;
- Impex- Import-Export trade simulation;
- Innovation- creating,marketing and innovating new products;
- Mangerio- Test of management skills;
- Meltdown- Corporate crisis management;
- The Third Degree- Commerce and economics quiz with a cottonian twist;
- Workforce- HR based event;
Resurgence is ival of the school's old fest which was discontinued in 1997. The first edition of Resurgence was launched in 2009 and has been going strong ever since.Over the past 4 years resurgence has grown considerably as a fest to levels of national recognition, entertaining and educating over 1000 students from all over India year after year.
- Co-Mun where the school plays host to the Cottons Model United Nations which is a simulated UN conference and features participants from all over the city to compete to win awards such as The Best Position Paper, The Best Delegate and the Best Delegation.
- Exquizite is a quiz competition held in August every year for schools all over India. For the past five years, this quiz has been hosted by quizmaster Giri "Pickbrain" Balasubramaniam.
- Cottons' INXS is the annual music competition in western rock and pop music.
The school has students participating and winning in national level and international level competitions such as Model United Nations(MUN) around India - most notably the Indian Model United Nations(InMUN) and the Harvard Model United Nations(HMUN). The school has participated in the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition(ARSSDC) hosted in Delhi since 2008(2011 winners, 2012 runners up)and the International Space Settlement Design Competition(ISSDC)hosted at the NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas since 2011(2011 winners,2012 runners up).
There are Old Cottonians  all over the world with associations which are active in India, Australia and the UK. St. Peter's Day and Old Cottonians' Day are observed every year on 29 and 30 June respectively when Old Cottonians visit their alma mater.
- General K. S. Thimayya, Chief of Army Staff, India Army
- William Leefe Robinson, Victoria Cross awardee.
- General Sir Frank Simpson, former Chief of Army Staff, Great Britain.
- Air Marshall Malcolm Wollen,
- Lieutenant General A C Iyappa,.
- Admiral Vijay Singh Shekhawat, former Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy.
- Col. Lalit Rai, VrC
- Lieutenant General Jameel Mahmood.
- Major General Sultan Mahmood.
Positions of responsibility
- Dr. Raja Ramanna, Padma Vibhushan, scientist and former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission.
- Gopal Krishna Pillai - Union Home Secretary, Government of India.
- Norman Majoribanks, former Governor of Madras.
- Philip WollenEx Vice President Citibank - Philanthropist and Social Justice Advocate
- Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI);
- Varun Agarwal, co-founder of Alma Mater; an e-commerce store.
Other notable alumni
- Lord Colin Cowdrey
- Brijesh Patel
- Sathwik Rai, Captain of the Indian national Racquetball Team
- Makarand Paranjape
- Dr. Ajit Varki
- Kenneth Anderson
- Dr. N. Ahmed, awarded the Pope Medal in 1954. Life Fellow of the IEEE for his “contributions to digital signal processing and education", 1985. He is best known for the development of the discrete cosine transform (DCT), which is a data compression transformation.
- Biddu Appaiah
- Feroz Khan
- Prabhu Ganesan
- Lucky Ali - singer, Bollywood
- K.K. Raghava - contemporary artist
- Ricky Kej- composer, music producer
- Pope, G U; Drew, W H; Lazarus, John; Ellis, F W. "Tirukkural: English Translation and Commentary". Project Madurai. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "Cottonian Shield: The School Cricket Legacy Continues". DNA. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
- "Bishop Cotton Boys' School: Alumni". The General Thimayya Trust. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- "India's Most Eminent Nuclear Physicist".
- In Mehmood's movie Kunwaara Baap (single father) his son attends Bishop Cotton Boys School.
Friends of Cotton's
- The Old Cottonians' Association
- The General KS Thimayya Memorial Lectures - An Old Boys of Cottons Endeavour
- An unofficial website - maintained by a parent since 1998