Oak Grove School (Mussoorie, Uttarakhand)

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Oak Grove School
Oak Grove School 1888 logo.jpg
Jharipani, Mussoorie

TypeResidential public school
Mottoतमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
(From Darkness to Enlightenment)
Established1 June 1888; 131 years ago (1888-06-01)
FounderEast Indian Railway Company
School boardCBSE
PrincipalAbhishek Kesarwani (IRPS)[1]
Headmaster of Senior Boys SchoolSanjay Dubey[1]
Headmistress of Senior Girls SchoolRekha Sangal[1]
Headmistress of Junior SchoolAmita Srivastava[1]
Teaching staff45[2]
Age7 to 17
Number of students550[2]
Student to teacher ratio15:1[2]
Medium of languageEnglish
  • Oak Grove Estate
  • Jharipani
  • Mussoorie Hills
Color(s)Maroon and White         
NewspaperAcorn (monthly)
YearbookThe Oakgrovian
Alumni nameThe Oak Grovian Association
The Oak Grove Flag

Oak Grove School, Jharipani, Mussoorie is a residential public school, owned and run by the Indian Railways. It is ranked as India's best Government Boarding School.[citation needed] It is situated on hill tops covering 256 acres (1.04 km2) in Jharipani, Mussoorie, India.


The school was started by the British Raj on 1 June 1888.[3] The students predominantly consist of the children of Indian Railways employees; 25% of seats are reserved for outsiders. At present there are more than 610 students.[when?][citation needed] The school consists of three semi-independent parts — Oak Grove Sr. Boys' School (commenced 1888), Oak Grove Sr. Girls' School (1890s) and Oak Grove Junior School (1912). The buildings were designed by the chief engineer of EIR Mr. Richard Roskell Bayne and are built in Gothic style of architecture.


The overall functioning of the school is under the control of a Board of Governors, which frames and reviews policies to ensure smooth and efficient functioning of the institution during its annual meetings. The BOG constitutes of:

Chairman - General Manager, Northern Railway

Executive Governor - The Chief Personnel Officer, Northern Railway

Member - The Chief Engineer, Northern Railway

Member - The F.A. & C.A.O., Northern Railway

Member - The C.M.D., Northern Railway

Member - The S.D.G.M., Northern Railway

Member - The D.R.M., Northern Railway, Moradabad

Secretary - Principal, Oak Grove School

Principals' Timeline[edit]

Lt. Col. A.C. Chapman 1888 – 1912 24 years
Mr. H.P. Watts 1918 – 1946 28 years
Mr. G.F. Chunn 1946 – 1946 1 year
Mr. O.G. Sullivan 1947 – 1948 2 years
Mr. K.F. McGowan 1948 – 1950 2 years
Mr. B.L.J. Love 1950 – 1956 6 years
Mr. A K. Bhaduri 1956 – 1958 3 years
Mr. B.R. Pasricha 1958 – 1970 13 years
Mr. L.C. Mathur 1970 – 1972 3 years
Mr. Ratan Kumar Kichlu 1972 – 1994 25 years
Mr. Sunil Mishra (Principal designate) 1990 – 1991 2 years
Mrs. Gita Mishra 1995 – 1997 3 years
Mr. Rajiv Kishore 1997 – 2001 4 years
Mr. Deepak Peter Gabriel 2001 – 2004 4 years
Mr. Surinder Kumar 2005 – 2008 4 years
Mr. Anurag Tripathi 2008 – 2012 5 years
Mr. Sandip Trivedi 2012 – 2015 3 years
Mr. J.P. Pandey 2015-2019 5 years
Mr. Abhishek Kesrwani 2019-

Heads of the wings of Oak Grove School[edit]

Junior School From - To Girl's School From - To Boy's School From - To
Mrs Alice Chapman 1888-1908 Mr A C Chapman 1888-1912
Ms E Lack 1908-1910 Mr S Fenemore 1913-1917
Ms E Tanner 1811-1913 Mr H H Gibbs 1917-1937
Ms M Fenemore 1913-1917 Mr G F Chunn 1937-1947
Mr K L Reid 1918-1925 Mr J W Peterson 1947-1948
Ms W H Wortham 1925-1932 Mr P Bellew 1948-1956
Ms E Fowle 1933-1940 Mr Ahmed 1956-1958
Ms H Cooke 1941-1943 Mr L O Edwards 1958-1965
Ms P Fox 1943-1948 Mr O P Gomes 1965-1972
Ms E Adams 1948-1949 Mr K Kukreti 1972-1974
Ms D E Garlah 1949-1960 Mr B L Midha 1974-1975
Mrs Gupta Ms E Wesley (officiating) 1961 Mr N D Chhimwal 1975-1975
Ms L A R Thomas 1961-1964 Mr K Kukreti 1975-1987
Ms E Wesley (officiating) 1964 Mr S L Sharma 1988-1989
Mrs S B Bhaskar Miss N C David 1964-1986 Mr D P Shukla 1989-1989
Ms S Sharma 1989-2002 Mr A A Khan 1989-1990
Mrs S Dhondiyal (officiating) 2002 Mr D P Shukla 1990-1991
Mrs. V Juyal Ms P Kujur 2002-2004 Mr D C Pant 1991-2004
Mrs Pushpa Kujur Mrs S Dhondiyal 2004-2011 Mrs. V Juyal 2004-2007
Mrs Amita Srivastava Mrs Tanuja Joshi 2011-2017 Mrs N Siddiqui 2008-2011
Mr. Anand Shukla 2019- Ms. Rekha Sangal 2017-2019 Mr Krishna Kumar 2011-2018
Mrs. Kusum Kamboj 2019- Dr. Sanjay Dubey 2018-

Oakgrovians at the Olympic games[edit]

Several Oak Grove students represented pre-independence India (under the British Raj) in field hockey at the Olympics between 1928 Amsterdam to 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning Gold medal each time. These [4] were:

Amsterdam Olympics – 1928

Leslie Charles Hammond

Broome Eric Pinniger

Los Angeles Olympics – 1932

Broome Eric Pinniger

Leslie Charles Hammond

Richard Carr

Berlin Olympics – 1936


  1. ^ a b c d "Our Heads". Oak Grove School. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Teaching Staff". Oak Grove School. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ "History". oakgrove.jharipani.com. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Gold medallist Olympians".

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