Bapu’s alma mater, The Alfred High School, also known as Mohandas Gandhi High School, has closed its doors after 164 years.
The school will now be converted into a museum after the Gujarat government accepted the proposal in 2016. Mahatma Gandhi graduated from this state-run school in 1887 at the age of 18. The school was founded in 1853 and was the first English-medium school in the Saurashtra region. The present building was built by the Nawab of Junagarh in 1875 and was named after the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Alfred.
In 2016, the Rajkot Municipal Corporation had sent in a proposal to shut down the school and convert in into a museum. Rajkot Municipal Commissioner B N Pani said,
We have hired a consultant to carry out the work of converting this building into a museum at a cost of Rs 10 crore. This museum would showcase life and times of Gandhiji, Sardar Patel and many other prominent personalities.
The 125 students of this school have been issued school leaving certificates. District Education Officer Reva Patel commented,
We have started issuing leaving certificates to the students, who can now secure admission in any school of their preference for the next academic year.
Although the school had Mahatma Gandhi as an alumnus, the school, currently, has a poor track record in imparting education. A few years back, none of its 60-odd SSC students was able to clear the Class X board examinations.