Hare School

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Hare School

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Coordinates22°34′32.54″N 88°21′38.75″E / 22.5757056°N 88.3607639°E / 22.5757056; 88.3607639Coordinates: 22°34′32.54″N 88°21′38.75″E / 22.5757056°N 88.3607639°E / 22.5757056; 88.3607639
TypeGovernment school
Mottoতমসো মা জ্যোতির্গময়ঃ (illumine the darkness)
Religious affiliation(s)Secular
EstablishedSeptember 1, 1818; 202 years ago (September 1, 1818)
FounderDavid Hare
LocaleCollege Street
School boardWBBSE & WBCHSE
AuthorityGovernment of West Bengal
CategoryHigher Secondary
ChairmanGovernor of West Bengal
PrincipalPranab Kumar Bandyopadhyay
Teaching staff42
GradesI to Xll
Years offered200
GenderBoys' only
Age range5 to 18 years
Enrollment1320 (approximate intake)
LanguageBengali, English
AffiliationsWest Bengal Board of Secondary Education
West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education

Hare School is one of the oldest schools in Kolkata, India, teaching grades one to twelve under the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. It is a state government-administered boys school and was established by the Scottish watch-maker, David Hare. The establishment date is not agreed upon, but the official year of establishment is 1818. Thus the school is declared as the oldest western type school in Asia.[1] The school is situated opposite the Presidency University, and is also adjacent to the University of Calcutta and Hindu School.[2] The combined campuses of the Hare School and Presidency College is one of the largest in Kolkata.[3]


Inside the Hare school building

David Hare established the school in 1818, opposite Hindu College, in the heart of College Street [4] after establishing the Calcutta School David Hare Book Society and the Hindu College, Kolkata (now Presidency College) in 1817 and the Calcutta School Society in 1818. The school started with the name "Arpuli Pathshala" and later as Colootala Branch School,[5] finally it was renamed Hare School in 1867.

2006 Saraswati Puja at Hare School
Main playground

Notable alumni[edit]

A statue of David Hare at the school


  1. ^ "Overthere - Class apart". The Telegraph, Calcutta. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Hare School, Kolkata". InfiniteCourses.com. www.infinitecourses.com. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Hare School". pages.rediff.com. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ "College street". Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Hare School". pages.rediff.com. Retrieved 7 February 2015.