Canara High School

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Canara High School
Canara Logo.png
Seal of Canara High School depicting Kamadhenu
Ammembal Subba Rao Pai Road
Mangalore, Karnataka, 575003
Coordinates 12°52′28″N 74°50′20″E / 12.874376°N 74.838757°E / 12.874376; 74.838757Coordinates: 12°52′28″N 74°50′20″E / 12.874376°N 74.838757°E / 12.874376; 74.838757
Established 1891
Founder Ammembal Subba Rao Pai
School district Dakshina Kannada
President Mr. S. S. Kamath
Headmaster Mr. H. R. Rao
Grades 810
Gender Male
Yearbook kamadhenu
Affiliation Secondary School Leaving Certificate
Alumni 10,000+
Secretary Mr. M. Ranganath Bhat
Correspondent Mr. M. P. Pai
Treasurer Mr. P. Gopalakrishna Shenoy
Joint Secretary Mr. Maroor Sudhir Pai

Canara High School is an educational institution in Mangalore which was founded by Ammembal Subba Rao Pai in 1891.[1] He is also popular as the founder of Canara Bank, now a major nationalized bank in India. Since 1944, when a sister school was opened at Urwa, this school has been called Canara High School (Main). In 2009, a CBSE school was inaugurated on this campus, offering classes from 1st to 10th standard.

Main Building


The school was started in a rental building opposite the Kodialbail Chapel. A group of four B.A. graduates— Sriyuths U. Srinivas Rao, B. Padmanabha Baliga, B. Vaman Baliga and Arkal Vasudev Rao—with a mission to educate the Gowda Saraswat Brahmin community in Mangalore were the first teachers and proprietors. In 1922, the Canara High school Association[2] was registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act and took over the management of the school. It has been running the school ever since and has been expanding its presence in the education sector of Mangalore.[3]


Canara High School has classes for 8th standard to 10th standard in Kannada and English. The school supports the midday meal scheme, wherein deserving students are offered afternoon lunch at school to reduce the drop-out rates. Being a Konkani linguistic minority school, optional Konkani classes and exams are conducted by the faculty on a yearly basis.

Extra-curricular activities include a painting club, quiz club, Sanskrit club[4] and a local National Cadet Corps chapter, through which students gain leadership qualities and get motivated to serve in the Armed Forces. For students with a literary bend of mind, the Newspaper in Education program[5] affords an opportunity to write short stories and artwork for local newspapers, which appear usually in the Saturday edition. With intentions to modernize infrastructure, an electronic polling system was introduced from 2005-06 onwards for election of School Parliament.[6] A new computer lab has been recently opened up.


T V Raman Pai Hall[edit]

This multi-purpose auditorium was constructed in 2002, in memory of an alumnus, Mr. T.V. Raman Pai. Most of the annual school functions[7] are conducted here, and it generates additional income by renting out for external events.

ASRP Fund and Book Bank[edit]

A memorial fund for financially assisting the students belonging to the Konkani community through education loans and scholarships was set up in 1913.[8] The book bank distributes books on a per-semester basis for free to members and alumni of the school.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Canara High School Association". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Canara High School Association". 
  3. ^ "Canara Engineering College". Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  4. ^ "Various Clubs Inaugurated at Canara High School". Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  5. ^ "The Hindu launches NIE programme in city". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  6. ^ "Canara High School in Mangalore goes hi-tech". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Canara High School observes Founders Day". Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  8. ^ "ASRP Fund". Retrieved 2013-01-30.