The Doon School, Dehradun is deemed as one of the topmost boarding institutions for boys in India. Here are some notable facts about the prestigious school.
1. The school was founded by Satish Ranjan Das, a Kolkata-based lawyer and advocate general of Bengal, who in 1927 became a member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council of Lord Irwin.
Before becoming a member to this council, he raised a condition that he would use his position to raise funds for a new type of school in India.
2. Modeled on the idea of a British public school, it caters to Indian mindsets.
3. The first headmaster of the school was Arthur E. Foot, an Englishman who spent nine years at Eton College, England before coming to India.
4. Doon is sometimes referred to as the ‘Eton of India’ as people believe that Arthur Foot carved it along England’s elitist colleges Eton and Harrow.
5. The school is a member of G20 schools and Round Square group.
6. This year the school turns 80!
7. Unlike schools which are named after its founder or some great leader, this school is named after the valley in which it is situated. How cool is that!
8. The influence of England at Doon is extended to the weekly master’s meeting which is called ‘Chambers’ and evening prep which is called ‘Toye-time’.
9. It boasts of Vikram Seth, Kamal Nath, Manpreet Singh Badal, Karan Thapar, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia among its famous alumni.
10. The school specializes in all boys’ boarding education for pupils aged 12-18.
11. It claims itself to be probably the only ‘All-India School’ which receives applications from almost every state each year and from NRIs as well.
12. Apart from a healthy educational environment, the school also provides options for complete wellness solutions and a regular counselling sessions to its students.
13. It is affiliated to ICSE and ISC board, and, recently in 2007, started offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma along with ISC which is helpful for students planning to study abroad.
14. The Doon School Old Boys Society is responsible for bringing close its alumni or ‘Dosco’. It also publishes its magazine called ‘The Rose Bowl’.
15. The ‘House system’ prevalent here is divided into seven which is further sub-divided into junior and main houses.
Two junior houses- Foot and Martyn take in boys in their first year to assist them settle in new environment after which they head to the four main houses- Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kashmir, Oberoi and Tata which are named after the patrons who funded them at school’s inception.
16. Doon has consistently been ranked the best residential school of India by media such as BBC, The Times of India and Outlook.
17. It lives by its motto- ‘Knowledge our light’.