Boys' High School & College (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Boys' High School & College
BHS emblem.JPG
Mentem Hominis Spectato Non Frontem
("Do not judge a man by his face but by his deeds")
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Type Private
Established 1861
Sister school Girls' High School and College, Allahabad
Principal David Luke
Faculty 110
Gender Boys
Age 5 to 19
Pupils 1200
Medium of language English
Campus 13 acres
Houses 4
Color(s) Green, Yellow, Blue and Red                        
Affiliation ISC

Boys' High School & College, (BHS), is an independent school in Allahabad, India. It was founded in 1861 to provide a Christian education to the children of Europeans and Anglo-Indians, but has always accepted children from all backgrounds. In the year of 1968 to 1977 BHS ranked the chart as best ICSE board School in India. However, after several years due to political interference rank plunges. Though originally co-educational, it now admits only boys. The school is well known for its high quality and in-depth education with its students getting into prestigious institutions like IITs, NITs, BITS, BHU, VIT, St. Stephen's College, Shri Ram College of Commerce, AIIMS and highly ranked universities in US, UK, Canada and Germany.

It has existed on its present site in central Allahabad since 1861. Since 1940 it has been managed by the Allahabad High School Society. It is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.[1]

Governor BL Joshi on 5 November 2013, Tuesday released a commemorative postage stamp to mark 150th anniversary of Boys' High School. The stamp was released by Department of India Posts, Ministry of Communications on the Founders' Day of the school on 5 November 2013.


Established in 1861, the school was founded and run by British under the Church of England. From 1898 to 1914 Boys' High School was affiliated to the University of Allahabad.[2] It is located on a lush green campus of 13-acre in the heart of the city, in Civil Lines, at 4 P.D. Tandon Road.In its glorious history of 151 years, the school has undergone several types of changes, in terms of location, (physical and academic), volume and status. Changes invariably bring challenges and problems, but the school was sufficiently resilient and buoyant and endowed with experience and maturity to weather them. It is a matter of great pride that even today, Boys' High School & College is a pioneering institution in the domain of higher secondary education in the country.The government records and documents, available with the Archives Department, reveal that the Boys High School was started in 1822 near the present Curzon Bridge to cater to the need of the children of the European servants of the East India Company. Later, the school was shifted to the Allahabad Fort area.The present site on which the school exists today was acquired in 1860 from the area that was known as Bundwa Village. The school was founded on the fifth day of November in the year 1861,and also became a government recognized institution. The grounds were leased to the Allahabad High School Society which was running this institution free of ground rent so long as the Society planned to run an educational institution on the site.The school was founded and run by the Englishmen and women who were 'keen to advance the cause of education in Allahabad' according to the doctrines of the Church of England, especially among the children of the European and Anglo-Indian descent. That, from its very inception, the founders envisaged the admission of all the communities is proved by the fact that the Articles of Association provided a conscience clause for all those who, for any reason, preferred that their children not be educated in the doctrines of the Church of England.The school was affiliated from 1898 to 1914 to the University of Allahabad, which was at that time also known as the Oxford Of the East. The Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Examination was started in 1915. Science classes were started in 1917 by the school at the request of the government which, besides giving liberal grants for the building and equipment, agreed to pay the salary of the science teacher. In 1940, the Allahabad High School Society purchased all the buildings on the campus back from the government and became the sole owner of the property and has been running the school since then.

Colvin Boarding House[edit]

Colvin Boarding House stands proud and prominent, in the centre of the City of Allahabad since its inception in 1864 on the campus of the school. Boys from different backgrounds live under a common roof. It is a “home away from home”. It is a place where a student is nurtured, pruned, disciplined and showered with love and affection. It is so very true when it comes to speaking of Boys’ High School, Colvin Boarding House. It is a nest of many boys of ages 9 to 15 years who grow together in love, harmony and brotherhood. It is a family that gathers children from different places and varying backgrounds and forms one defined rainbow to crown the hostel amidst the famous Prayag City Allahabad. They live as one big family learning together of how to give and share. It is a great pleasure to see these students live, eat, play and study together amiably under one roof and as one family, its great to see them stand by each other with immense brotherly love through trying times. The boys are well looked after by the Hostel Wardens, Mr. D. G. Bennett and Mr. G. Johnstone, who take care of the senior & junior dormitory Hostellers. They keep the boarders in great shape and keep a close eye on the performance of every child. Their achievements in various fields speak for themselves. It can be seen from the academic results and their overall developments in other fields too. The Wardens spend most of their valuable time with the boarders teaching them all good things. Great achievements have been received by the Hostellers. With the joint efforts of the Wardens, the Colvin Boarding House, has received great applause from both the principal and staff. Dedicated and committed help rendered by quality coaching from specialized teachers, the academic performance has improved tremendously. Our hostellers are also good competitors in sports and extra curricular activities. In fact, our Hostellers play an important role in games too such as Football, Cricket, Basket ball and Swimming.

BHS Emblem[edit]

The motto "Mentem Hominis Spectato Non Frontem" is a Latin phrase meaning "Don't judge the man by his face but by his deeds".The shape of the emblem resembles that of the heart which denotes love. The red outline reminds us that Jesus died on the cross and in him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins that the world through him might be saved. The three crowns represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Banyan tree in the center represents the student. The streams stand for the Parents, Teachers and Friends.

School Song[edit]

We come and go; but the B.H.S. remains

Untouched by the ages blight.

In love and dignity she reigns,

Above our day and night

Beneath her sway the darkness flies,

And faith is born of fears-

Oh! she is throned in memories And beautified by years.


  • A B McFarlane (1890s)[3]
  • D.K. Kerrin
  • Colonel William Edgar Andrews
  • R.C. Dutt
  • Rev. MacGowan
  • Arthur Terence Flynn
  • W.E. Andrews
  • C.V. Innes
  • Mr.David Luke (Present)


The school has a basketball court and an international standard boxing-ring and swimming pool.It participates in, and hosts "Alfresco", a district level annual inter-school competition. Nearly 350 enthusiastic boys and girls of the participating schools take part in this mega event. The participating schools generally are Barnes School and Junior College, Deolali, Nashik, Girls’ High School (GHS) and College, Mary Lucas School (MLS) and College, St. Anthony’s Convent (SAC), Bishop Johnson School (BJS) and College (Girls' Wing), Tagore Public School (TPS), Erny Memorial Senior Secondary School (EMS), IPEM International School, Sanskaar Public School, Benhur High School and College, Delhi Public School, Shemford Futuristic School, Boys’ High School Annexe (HTS), and the host, Boys’ High School (BHS) and College.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Schools affiliated to CISCE as on 31 July 2010
  2. ^ "Governer releases postal stamp on Boys' High School". Hindustan Times (Lucknow: Allahabad Metro). 6 November 2013. 
  3. ^ The Daily Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica, 1 March 1898 (p4)
  4. ^ The Times of India, Allahabad, 28 October 2010, Article:Cultural Extravaganza Held at BHS
  5. ^ External link
  6. ^ Vikas Swarup's early life
  7. ^

External links[edit]