Baldwin Boys' High School

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Baldwin Boys' High School
School Logo
The School Coat of Arms
Address
Richmond Town

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Coordinates12°57′44″N 77°36′22″E / 12.9622°N 77.6060°E / 12.9622; 77.6060Coordinates: 12°57′44″N 77°36′22″E / 12.9622°N 77.6060°E / 12.9622; 77.6060
Information
TypePrivate School; Boarding
MottoReverentia Jehovae est Caput Sapientiae (Latin)
Established1880; 139 years ago (1880)
FounderJohn Baldwin
AuthorityBoard of Governors
Principalunknown
Head teacherKindergarten - Mrs. Gillian D'sylva
Primary - Mrs. Merina Charles
Faculty245 teachers and over 150 executive and support staff
GenderBoys
Enrollmentapprox. 6000
Campus size10 acres (40,000 m2)
HousesRichard, Oldham, Buttrick, Toussaint, Pfeiffer, Weston, Andersen                             
Color(s)Red and blue         
MascotLion and Eagle
PublicationThe Baldwinian
AffiliationCouncil for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and the Indian School Certificate examination (ISC)
Former StudentsOld Baldwinian
School SongShout all hail
Website

Baldwin Boys' High School(abbreviated BBHS, informally referred to as Baldwins), is a private all-boys school for boarders and day-scholars, founded in 1880 in Bangalore, India.

The school prepares students for the ICSE, ISC and Cambridge Local Examinations. It is located in the posh neighborhood of Richmond Town, in downtown Bangalore.

The school is one of the largest, oldest and most prestigious schools in the city. It counts multiple personalities of eminence in the public sphere among its alumni.

Sister school Baldwin Girls' High School is a five-minute walk away down Alexandria Street.

History[edit]

Among prominent personalities in the school's history are Bishop and Mrs. Williams F. Oldham, Rev. John Edward Robinson, Rev. Ira A. Richards, Rev. T.R. Toussaint, Rev. J.B. Buttrick, Mr. C.N. Weston and Mr. Pfeiffer.

Bishop and Mrs. William F. Oldham, surveyors, started a school at their residence on Alexandria Street. Their aim was to provide schooling for English-speaking Methodist children. When the Oldhams left India for theological studies in the United States, the school was transferred to the vestry of the Richmond Town Methodist Church and placed under then Pastor, Rev. John Edward Robinson, elected Missionary Bishop in 1904. Prior to this, John Baldwin, a wealthy American businessman and theologist, founded the Oldhams' school on a large scale and gave it its name.

The first Principal, Rev. Marion B. Kirk from East Ohio Conference served in all capacities at the school as house-holder, administrator, teacher, gamester and musician. After six months, Rev. Kirk was transferred to Kolar’s Orphanage and Mission.

Layout[edit]

The school had several heritage buildings on its huge campus, many of which have made way for modern concrete structures with improved facilities. Notable edifices on campus include the Bishop Elia Peter High School Block, the Centenary Block for primary school, the Polytechnic Block, the Hollister Higher Secondary Block, the Methodist Block and the Gokul Kavi Kindergarten Block. There is a separate block for the school's administrative offices. The Hollister Block also encloses the 500-seat E. A. Seamands Concert Hall which is used for major socio-cultural events. It is complemented by the 350-seat Lincoln Hall which hosts school assemblies and chapel services.

Academics[edit]

The board which governs ISC (Indian School Certificate) and ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) is CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination), which has its head office in New Delhi.

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 and XII appear for the ICSE/ISC exams by the beginning of March.

Subjects taught in Baldwins at the ICSE level include English, one Indian and foreign language(French/Spanish/German), History, Civics, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and a choice between Commercial Applications, Computer Applications and Physical Education. All students learn English. A choice between Science and Environmental Science is offered. For the ISC Grade 12 examinations, students can choose between three streams- Science, Commerce and Humanities, with internal choices.

School life[edit]

The school's motto is "Reverentia Jehovae est Caput Sapientiae" – "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10). The watchwords of the institution are "Integritas et Veritas", meaning Righteousness and Truth.[1]

In the 1920s, all boarders attended morning and evening prayers daily, and Sunday Divine Service, morning and evening, as well as Sunday School; also a young people's meeting was held once during the week.

The school sought to foster the physical development of boys. To this end, gymnastics, cricket, football, hockey and tennis were supported. Later boxing was added. A Sports Day was held annually to encourage athletics. A Unit of the Auxiliary Force, India, was maintained, in which the older boys enrolled. Boy Scouts troops and a Cub Pack for the younger boys also existed.

Progress of students was tested with term examinations. A report showing the results of these examinations, together with a statement as to the conduct, applications, and progress of the students was forwarded to the parents or guardians at the end of every quarter.

The present[edit]

The school provides hostel facilities for a large number of students. The junior and senior dorms are housed in different buildings. Due to the large number of out-station and foreign students, the facilities have been upgraded.and expanded.

The school has long-running rivalries with fellow downtown schools, Bishop Cotton Boys' School and St.Joseph's Boys' High School, in terms of amenities, education quality and co-curricular activities.

Clubs and co-curricular activities[edit]

Houses[edit]

The school follows a House System, commonly used in Christian-run public schools in India and modeled after a similar system in England. The seven houses are named after previous Principals or people who have played a part in the formation of the school. Each house is represented by a colour which matches the first letter of the house. For boarders, separate parts of the dormitories are allotted for each House.

  • Richard – Red
  • Oldham – Orange
  • Buttrick – Blue
  • Toussaint – Turquoise
  • Pfeiffer – Purple
  • Weston – White
  • Andersen – Auburn

Oldham House is named for the Oldhams, founder of the school and Richard House for Rev. Ira Richards, the third principal. Weston house is named after Mr. C.N. Weston, the principal during the inter-war years, who was instrumental in extricating the school from financial difficulty and saving it from dissolution. His memory is also preserved in Weston House and in Weston Day, an annual sports holiday devoted to competitions in swimming and athletic pursuits. Pfeiffer House is named after a wealthy American banker who worked alongside Mr. Weston and helped turn around the school's fortune during his tenure. Buttrick, Toussaint and Anderson houses are also named after former principals and administrators.

The houses compete with one another in academics, games, track and field sports, aquatics, arts, and literary, dramatic, and music competitions.

Sports[edit]

The school has a large multipurpose stadium on campus, called the Pfeiffer Memorial Stadium. The stadium can accommodate 3,600 spectators at full capacity and is used for both major sports tournaments as well as a general playground for students. The field area consists of a 95x55m FieldTurf pitch for football, rugby and hockey surrounded by a 400m, six-lane, all-weather Tartan running track for track athletics. The ground is surrounded by four covered all-seater stands. The main South-End Grandstand, fondly referred to by students as the Pavilion, stands three tiers tall and can host up to 1,800 spectators. Two single-tier stands run parallel on either side along the length of the field area. They are known as the East and West Stands respectively, and can seat 700 spectators each. A digital scoreboard is perched atop the East Stand. The single-tier North Stand lies opposite to the South-End grandstand and can seat up to 400 spectators. The stadium is the home ground of Baldwin Boys' Under-14 and Under-16 football and hockey teams.

The Kirk Memorial basketball court is located behind the Methodist block and hosts inter-school and inter-house basketball tournaments. The Bowser Memorial racquet-sports arena lies next to the Elia Peter High School block and consists of one tennis and one badminton court, surrounded by 4 single-tier stands which can host a total of 600 spectators.

The school was one of the first in the city to provide swimming facilities, doing so in 1896. The massive, state-of-the-art Weston Swimming Complex is attached to the Pfeiffer Memorial Stadium and hosts multiple aquatic events of significance, like the inter-house swimming competitions on Sports Day and the inter-school Weston Memorial Swimming Competition.

The Baldwin Shield is a trophy awarded to the winning team of an inter-school football tournament for schools of old Bangalore, hosted by the school.

Hockey and Football are strongholds of the school. The junior team has won the Annual Hockey Tournament conducted by St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore several times.

Cultural activities[edit]

Odyssey, an inter-school literary and cultural fest, started in the 1990s, providing students opportunities to exhibit their talents and spirit of competition. Due to protests by parents, this event was cancelled. When it resumed in 2005, it failed to reignite the enthusiasm of the 1990s.

Phoenix, a new inter-school technology fest, along with StockX, another new inter-school commerce fest, are expected to commence by 2020.

Alumni Association[edit]

The Old Baldwin Association (OBA) organizes alumni events. There is a program where older members can volunteer to mentor younger members. The OBA celebrates Andersen Day to foster camaraderie among its students. The current President of the OBA is Mr. Shakeel Abdul Rehman.

Notable Educators and Principals at Baldwins[edit]

  • Rev. M.B. Kirk 1880
  • Rev. I.A. Richards 1881 – 1885
  • Rev. B.T. Eddy 1885 – 1886
  • Rev. W. Bowser 1886
  • Rev. Homer Stuntz 1887 – 1888
  • Rev. W.L. King 1888 – 1889
  • Rev. W.H. Hollister 1890 – 1891
  • Rev. T.R. Toussaint 1892 – 1898
  • Rev. C.W. Ross DeSouza 1899 – 1902
  • Rev. P.V. Roberts 1902 – 1910
  • Rev. J.B. Buttrick (Principal) 1910 – 1913
  • Rev. A.B. Coates (Headmaster)
  • Rev. A.B. Coates (Principal) 1914
  • Rev. J.W. Simmons 1914 – 1917
  • Rev. E.J. Guest 1917 – 1920
  • Rev. H.F. Hilmer (Principal) 1920
  • Rev. E.A. Seamands (Headmaster)
  • Rev. A.E. Cook 1921
  • Rev. Z.A. Wario 1922 – 1927 (April)
  • Mr. C.N. Weston 1927 – 1932
  • Mr. R.A.B. Andersen 1932 (Acting)
  • Mr. C.N. Weston 1933 – 1936
  • Mr. R.A.B. Andersen 1936 (Acting)
  • Mr. C.N. Weston 1937 – 1941
  • Mr. R.A.B. Andersen 1942 – 1945 (Acting) (Mr. C. N. Weston was in the British Indian Army from 1942–1945)
  • Mr. C.N. Weston 1946 – 1947
  • Mr. R.A.B. Andersen
  • Mr. S.D. Samuel- Principal
  • Mr. J.S. Williams- Principal
  • Mr. Dinakar Wilson- Principal 2005–2017
  • Mr. Augustine Charles- Principal 2017
  • Mrs. Lydia Samuel 2017-2018 (Incharge)
  • Dr. Antony D'Souza 2018-2019

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Schools of comparable heritage and legacy in Bangalore

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baldwin School Diary.

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