Calcutta Girls' High School

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Calcutta Girls' High School
118, Princep Street, Kolkata 700071
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Type Private secondary school
Motto Deus et Humanitas (Latin: God and Humanity)
Established 1856
Principal Mrs. Basanti Biswas
Gender Girls

Calcutta Girls' High School (abbreviated as CGHS) is a private school for girls in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was founded in 1856 as a boarding school under the patronage of Lord Canning.


Calcutta Girls' High School was established by Lord Canning in 1856. It was supported by the Evangelical denominations of the city. In 1877, the management of the school was handed over to Bishop J.M.Thoburn of the Methodist Episcopal Church.The kindergarten department was started by Ms Emma Knowles, after she took charge in 1890. In 1899, drill classes were started by the Principal, Miss Widdifield. In 1901, Ms. M. Storrs started setting up the school library and reading room.


  • Knowles (blue)
  • Paul (red)
  • Layton (yellow)
  • Maxey (green)


The school prepares candidates for Indian certificate of secondary education (ICSE) examination (class X) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examination (class XII)

Co-curriculum activities[edit]

The clubs for various activities were introduced in 1933.

  • Vocal music (eastern)
  • Vocal music (western)
  • Dance (eastern)
  • Dance (western)
  • Karate
  • Chess
  • Calligraphy
  • Basketball
  • Public Speaking
  • Yoga

Special classes

  • Abacus
  • Food and Beverages
  • French classes
  • Public Speaking
  • Drama

[1] The Methodist Church in India now manages the school. The school teaches in the English language,[2] and teaches for the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE / ISC).[3]


  1. ^ Gooptu, Biswarup (2005-07-21). "School's gift of new college on turning 150". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  2. ^ Calcuttaweb - Schools Retrieved 2007-08-28
  3. ^ Hindustanlink - List of schools of Calcutta ( Kolkata ) Retrieved 2007-08-28

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