Alborz High School

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Alborz College
دبیرستان البرز
College Crossroad, Tehran
School type Public
Founded 1873
Founder James Bassett
Principal Mohammad Mohammadi
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 1,600
Alumni Alborzi

Alborz College (in Persian:دبیرستان 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 Middle East, built by Americans, 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 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.

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.

Alborz presidents[edit]

  • Mr. Howard 1873 - 1889
  • Dr. Samuel M. Jordan 1899 - 1940
  • Mohammad Vahid Tonekaboni 1940 - 1941
  • Mohsen Hadad 1941
  • Ali Mohammad Partovy (Monee-ol-Molk) 1941 - 1942
  • Hasan Zoghi 1942 - 1943
  • Lotfali Sooratgar 1943 - 1944
  • Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi 1944 - 1979
  • Mr. Hossein Khoshnevisan 1979-1990
  • Bagher Dezfulian 1991- 1997
  • Mr. Mahmoud Dastani 1998 - 1999
  • Valiollah Sanaye 1999 - 2007
  • Dr. Mazaher Hami Kargar 2007 - 2011
  • Abeth Esfandiar 2011 - 2012
  • Mohammad Mohammadi 2012–present

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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