|Aleppo American College
كلية حلب الأمريكية / معهد حلب العلمي
|Founder||ABCFM: American Board of Commissioners and Foreign Missions|
|President||Mr Najib Bitar|
|Principal||Reverend Ibrahim Nseir|
|Grades||1 - 12|
|Athletics||football, basketball, tennis, athletics, swimming|
|Affiliations||Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon|
|Languages||English, Arabic, French|
Aleppo College (Arabic: كلية حلب الأمريكية / معهد حلب العلمي; also called Aleppo American College) is a high school based in the Syrian city of Aleppo since 1923. The roots of the college are traced back to the Central Turkey College of Aintab founded between 1874-1876 by the American Board of Commissioners and Foreign Missions in the Ottoman Empire to serve the large number of Christian Armenian population in the region.
The students of the Aintab College were largely Armenians -mainly Protestant Armenians-, but non-Armenians also attended. As a result of the massacres of the Armenians during the 1915 Armenian Genocide, the college was transferred to the Syrian city of Aleppo, through the efforts of its director John E. Merrill (1898–1937), where it became to be known as Aleppo College or the Aleppo American College and functioned as a high school.
By 1930, with the efforts of the American benefactor James Lack, a large piece of land of 13 hectares was donated to erect the new buildings of the school in the south-western suburbs of Aleppo. However, the construction process was launched in 1936 and completed in 1939. Due to the circumstances of the World War II, the construction of the second building started only in 1950 and completed in 1952.
A Lifetime of Success
In its life of more than 150 years the college has helped prepare thousands of young men and women for service to society. In the secular field its graduates have distinguished themselves as teachers, school administrators, nurses, physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, dentists, writers, merchants, engineers, government officials and a cross-section of the occupations of its alumni.
Many famous natives of Aleppo were among the alumni of Aleppo College:
- Nazim al-Kudsi, former president of Syria
- Fateh Moudarres, renowned Syrian painter
- Moustapha Akkad, film producer and director