Alborz High School

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Mandegar Alborz High School
دبیرستان ماندگار البرز
College Crossroad, Enqelab Street

Other namesAmerican College of Tehran, Alborz College
School typePublic
Founded1873; 149 years ago (1873)
FounderJames Bassett
PrincipalMohammad Mohammadi

Mandegar Alborz High School (Persian: دبیرستان ماندگار البرز) is a college-preparatory high school located in the heart of Tehran, Iran. It is one of the first modern high schools in Asia and the Middle East, named after the Alborz mountain range, north of Tehran. Its place in the shaping of Iran's intellectual elite compares with that of Eton College in England and institutions such as Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Milton Academy in the United States.[1]


The school was founded as an elementary school in 1873 by a group of American Presbyterian missionaries led by James Bassett. This was in the 26th year of the reign of Nasereddin Shah Qajar, 22 years after Amir Kabir founded the Dar ul-Funun school in Tehran, and 33 years before the Constitutional Revolution in Persia (as it was known back then; later it became "Iran" during the Reza Shah Era).

When Dr. Samuel Jordan arrived in Persia in 1898, he instituted change; subsequently, Alborz became a 12-year elementary and secondary school, with its share of college courses. Thereafter, the institution came to be known as the American College of Tehran.[2]

Dr. Jordan remained president of Alborz for 42 years (1899–1940). During his tenure, Alborz grew from an elementary school to a high school and college.

In 1932, the school received a permanent charter from the Board of Regents of the State University of New York.

McCormick Hall, American College of Tehran, circa 1930. The school received a permanent charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1932.[2]

In 1940 and during World War II, by the order of Shah Reza Pahlavi, Alborz was removed from American management and placed under the auspices of the Iranian Ministry of Education as part of Reza Shah's modernization reforms. The school's name was changed from "College" back to "Alborz", and it was reinstated as a high school.

In 1944, Professor Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, member of University of Tehran's faculty, was appointed as the president of Alborz. From then until 1979, and continuing after the Iranian Revolution, Alborz had the most successful period of its history.[citation needed]

Alborz Principals/Deans[edit]

  • Mr. Howard (1873–1889)
  • Dr. Samuel M. Jordan (1899–1940)
  • Mr. Mohammad Vahid Tonekaboni (1940–1941)
  • Mr. Mohsen Haddad (1941)
  • Mr. Ali Mohammad Partovi (1941–1942)
  • Mr. Hasan Zoghi (1942–1943)
  • Mr. Lotf Ali Sooratgar (1943–1944)
  • Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi (1944–1978)
  • Mr. Hossein Khoshnevisan (1978–1979)
  • Mr. Hasan Pour Zahed (1979–1980)
  • Mr. Naser Naseri (1980–1981)
  • Mr. Ismael Sadegh Kazemi (1981–1985)
  • Mr. Rajab Ali Yasipour (1985–1986)
  • Mr. Naser Molla Asadollah (1986)
  • Mr. Ali Mazarei (1986–1988)
  • Mr. Abbas Feiz (1988–1989)
  • Mr. Hossein Khoshnevisan (1989–1991)
  • Mr. Bagher Dezfulian (1991–1997)
  • Mr. Mahmoud Dastani (1998–1999)
  • Mr. Valiollah Sanaye (1999–2007)
  • Dr. Mazaher Hami Kargar (2007–2011)
  • Dr. Abeth Esfandiar (2011–2012)
  • Mr. Mohammad Mohammadi (2012–present)

Notable Alborz Deans[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


Military personnel[edit]




Media figures[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "خاطرات محمدعلی مجتهدی، رئیس دبیرستان البرز: Ibex Publishers, English & Persian (Farsi) Books about Iran".
  2. ^ a b Lorentz, J. Historical Dictionary of Iran. 1995. ISBN
  3. ^ "عادل،تنها پسر فوتبالی خانواده فردوسی پور| پارس فوتبال | اولین پایگاه تخصصی فوتبال ایران". Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2007-05-15.

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Coordinates: 35°42′09.97″N 51°24′40.59″E / 35.7027694°N 51.4112750°E / 35.7027694; 51.4112750