18 Facts About The Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Chronicling Its Glorious History

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla needs no introduction; its fame and academics are par excellence. It is a boys only boarding school and aims to impart an all-round training to its pupils in their growing years.


1.  The school was founded by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton, son of an Army captain who died leading his regiment in a battle.


2. “Overcome Evil with Good” is the motto which the school swears by and aims to inculcate in its students.


3. The idea of a “Public School” actually developed with the establishment of this school in 1859.


4. It has been recognized as one of the oldest boarding schools in Asia, founded on 28th July 1859.


5. ‘Old Cottonians’ is the title of the school’s alumni association which was started in 1910 in Shimla and now has its roots worldwide.


6. It boasts of Kumar Gaurav, Lalit Modi, Jeev Milkha Singh, Ruskin Bond and Virbhadra Singh, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh as its alumni.


7. The school was only named so in 1867 to commemorate its founder after he drowned in an accident.


8. Mr. Bishop Cotton also founded the Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and Bishop Cotton Girls’ School in Bangalore, both of which were renamed so after his death.


9. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla was the first to implement the ‘House System’

The four houses were named after Lord Curzon, Sir Denzil Ibbetson, Rt. Rev. George A. A. Lefroy and Sir Charles Rivaz, who had financially aided the school after The Great Fire in 1905.


10. The school was again the first in India to start the ‘Prefectorial System’ which consists of a school captain, vice captain, prefect and four house captains.


11. It has been named the top boys boarding institution in the country by the Education World for 2014 and its position has been consistent for several years.


Top boys boarding school


12. Under the service of its first Headmaster, Rev. Samuel Slater, who dedicated 22 years to it, the school flourished.


13. The institution has a war memorial which honours the old boys of the school who gave their lives in the World War I of 1914-1918.


 14. After celebrating more than 155 years of its existence, it still maintains its glory.


Bishop Cotton School


15. Thomas Hughes in his book “Tom Brown’s School Days” speaks of the the founder Mr. Bishop Cotton as ‘the model young master’.


16. It caters to students from 3rd to 12th standards and is affiliated to ICSE & ISC boards.


17. The school was started with a small strength of 35 students which has now expanded to approximately 500 students.


18. The mission of the school as it claims is to “achieve and maintain the highest standard of excellence in its programme of total education empowering men rooted in India’s heritage to live as committed and good human beings contributing positively to the country.”


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