Dhaka Collegiate School
Dhaka Collegiate School is a secondary school in Dhaka
Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and the principal city of Dhaka Division. Dhaka is a megacity and one of the major cities of South Asia. Located on the banks of the Buriganga River, Dhaka, along with its metropolitan area, had a population of over 15 million in 2010, making it the largest city...

, Bangladesh
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. It is the oldest school in Dhaka and one of the oldest and prestigious institutions in the country for more than a century.


The school was established in Dhaka in July 1835 as an English Seminary. It was the first government high school established by the British under the East India Company in the Bengal
Bengal is a historical and geographical region in the northeast region of the Indian Subcontinent at the apex of the Bay of Bengal. Today, it is mainly divided between the sovereign land of People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal, although some regions of the previous...

 province for teaching English literature and Science. This was later named as Dhaka Collegiate School. Mr. Redge, an English missionary, acted as the first head master of the school. In its first batch it had Nawab of Dhaka Khwaja Abdul Ghani
Khwaja Abdul Ghani
Nawab Bahadur Sir Khwaja Abdul Ghani Mian KCSI was the first Nawab of Dhaka recognized by the British Raj.He introduced the panchayat system, gaslights, water works, newspaper, and the zoological garden to Dhaka...

 as a student.

The school is located in Sadarghat
Sadarghat River Front, located in the southern part of Dhaka, on the river Buriganga, is one of the most dynamic places in Dhaka. Here, the Sadarghat Lunch Terminal is one of the largest river ports in the world. About 200 large and small passenger launches depart and arrive at the terminal every...

 crossing, west of Bahadur Shah Park
Bahadur Shah Park
Bahadur Shah Park, located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a striking war memorial set amidst the splendor of nature. It was built in 1858 at the initiative of Nawab Khwaja Abdul Ghani, in the Sadarghat area. It was called Victoria Park until 1947...

 and south of Jagannath University College, on the banks of the Buriganga River
Buriganga River
The Buriganga River is the main river flowing beside Dhaka city, capital of Bangladesh. The average depth is and maximum depth is .-History:...


The foundation of Dhaka Intermediate College was laid down in 1841. The school was separated from the college and put under control of the inspector of schools in 1908. Since then it has had the status of a Zilla School, although it continues to be called Dhaka Collegiate School.

This boys' school now offers courses in science
Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe...

, humanities
The humanities are academic disciplines that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences....

, and commerce
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  • Mr. Ridge (1835-39)
  • Mr. Sinclaire (1839-41)
  • Mr. Pratt (1841)
  • Mr. Carsil (1848)
  • Mr. E. U. Good (1863-65)
  • Mr. Babu U. C Datta
  • Mr. Goon
  • Mr. W. B. Livingstone
  • Mr. Leigh Fever (1872)
  • Mr. Babu K. C. Ghosh (1873-84)
  • Mr. Babu I. C. Bose
  • Mr. Rai Sahib R. M. Gupta (1888-96)
  • Mr. Babu B. M. Sen (1897-1902)
  • Mr. Babu R. K. Das (1903-10)
  • Mr. Babu B. K. Bose (1910-14)
  • Mr. Babu Abhaya Charan Das (1914-19)
  • Mr. Khan Bahadur Tassaduq Ahmad (1919-27)
  • Mr. Khan Bahadur Badiur Rahman (1927-32)
  • Mr. Rai Saheb J. M. Datta (1932-35)
  • Mr. Babu J. C. Datta (1935-43)
  • Mr. Babu B. K. Bhattacharya (1943-44)
  • Mr. M. O. Goni (1944-45)
  • Dr. Enamul Haque (1945-48)
  • Dr. Enamul Haque (1948-50)
  • Mr. S. M. Sadaruddin (1950-51)
  • Mr. A. A. Mahmud (1951-52)
  • Mr. Abid Ali (1952-54)
  • Mr. M. S. A. R. B. Kader (1954-56)
  • Mr. Sahabuddin (1956)
  • Mr. M. A. K. Bhuiyan (1956-58)
  • Mr. Qazi Ambor Ali (1958-59)
  • Mr. Sufi Hussein Ali (1959)
  • Mr. T. Hossain (1961-65)
  • Mr. M. A. K. Bhuiyan (1966-67)
  • Mr. Hafizuddin Ahmed (1967-70)
  • Mr. Md. Abdur Razzaq (1970)
  • Mr. A. A. Khalilur Rahman (1972-75)
  • Mr. M. A. Motaleb (1975-76)
  • Mr. Md. Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan (1976-78)
  • Mr. Shamsul Alam Chowdhuri (1978-87)
  • Mr. Mostafizur Rahman (1987-90)
  • Mr. Md. Sekandar Ali Khalifa (1990-92)
  • Mrs. Monzil Ara Ahmed (1992-96)
  • Mr. Md. Motiur Rahman (1996-99)
  • Mrs. Syeda Zinnatun Noor (1999-2003)
  • Mr. Md. Anwar Hossain (2003-2007)
  • Mr. Abdul Malek Mia (2007)
  • Mr. Ali Akkas Ahmed (Acting)(2007-2008)
  • Mrs. Rowshon Ara (Acting)(2008-2010)
  • MD. Farid Uddin (2010-...)

Notable alumni

  • Jagdish Chandra Bose
    Jagdish Chandra Bose
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    , Physcist & Inventor
  • Megh Nad Saha, physicist
  • Bir Shreshtho Matiur Rahman
    Matiur Rahman (military pilot)
    Matiur Rahman or M. Matiur Rahman was a Flight Lieutenant in the Pakistan Air Force when the Liberation War broke out. His date of birth is sometimes given as 29 November 1941....

    , Muktijoddha (Freedom Fighter)
  • Raisul Islam Asad
    Raisul Islam Asad
    Raisul Islam Asad ; born: Asaduzzaman Mohammad Raisul Islam in July 15, 1952 Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a Bangladeshi actor and has won several national awards for performing in all four medias of Radio, Theatre, Television and Film. He won the National award as best actor for the film Padma Nadeer...

    , Muktijoddha (Freedom Fighter) & National Award Winning Actor
  • Brajosundar Mitra, founder of Brahmo Samaj
    Brahmo Samaj
    Brahmo Samaj is the societal component of the Brahmo religion which is mainly practiced today as the Adi Dharm after its eclipse in Bengal consequent to the exit of the Tattwabodini Sabha from its ranks in 1859. It was one of the most influential religious movements responsible for the making of...

  • Munier Chowdhury
    Munier Chowdhury
    Munier Chowdhury was a Bangladeshi educationist, playwright, literary critic and political dissident.-Education:...

    , linguist, martyred intellectual
  • A.M. Harun-ar-Rashid
    A.M. Harun-ar-Rashid
    A.M. Harun-ar-Rashid is a Bangladeshi physicist and Bose Professor of Physics at the University of Dhaka. He is nephew of Shamsuddin Abul Kalam-Education and Training:* B.Sc in Physics, University of Dhaka, 1953...

    , Eminent Physicist
  • Buddhadeb Basu, poet
  • Khwaja Abdul Ghani
    Khwaja Abdul Ghani
    Nawab Bahadur Sir Khwaja Abdul Ghani Mian KCSI was the first Nawab of Dhaka recognized by the British Raj.He introduced the panchayat system, gaslights, water works, newspaper, and the zoological garden to Dhaka...

    , Nawab of Dhaka
  • Mustafa Kamal, Chairman of the Law Commission, former Chief Justice of Bangladesh
  • Mustafa Monowar, Artist & Puppeteer
  • Khan Ataur Rahman
    Khan Ataur Rahman
    Khan Ataur Rahman was a Bangladeshi film actor, director, producer, screenplay writer, music composer, and singer. He is mostly famous for his role in the film Jibon Theke Neya . In this film, his rendition of the song E Khancha bhangbo ami kemon kore echoed the national psyche on East Pakistan's...

    , Film Director
  • Alamgir Kabir
    Alamgir Kabir
    Mohammad Alamgir Kabir is a Bangladeshi cricketer who played in 3 Tests from 2002 to 2004....

    , Film director
  • JG Nicholas Pogose, Founder of Pogose School
    Pogose School
    Pogose School was established in Dhaka in 12th June, 1848, as the first private school of the country by JG Nicholas Pogose, who was an ex-student of Dhaka Collegiate School, a leader of the Armenian community of Dhaka, a merchant and a Zamindar. At present it is located at Chittaranjan Avenue...

  • Gregory de Groote, Founder of St. Gregory's High School

Extra-curricular organizations

  • Dhaka Collegiate School Alumni Association
  • Dhaka Collegiate School Debating Society
  • Dhaka Collegiate School Literary Society
  • Dhaka Collegiate School Boy Scouts
  • Dhaka Collegiate School Language and Reading Club
  • Dhaka Collegiate School Science Club
  • Dhaka Collegiate School Chess Club
  • Bangladesh National Cadet Core (BNCC), Dhaka Collegiate School Division
  • Dhaka Collegiate Cultural Forum

Reference in contemporary literature

  • In Satyajit Ray
    Satyajit Ray
    Satyajit Ray was an Indian Bengali filmmaker. He is regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema. Ray was born in the city of Kolkata into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature...

    's Popular Detective Series Feluda
    Feluda, or Prodosh Chandra Mitra, who uses the anglicised name Pradosh C. Mitter, is a fictional private investigator starring in a series of Bengali novels and short stories written by the famous Indian Bengali film director and writer Satyajit Ray. The detective lives at Rajani Sen Road,...

    , Mentions Pradosh Chandra Mitter aka Feluda's Father late Jaykrishna Mitter was an mathematics teacher of Dhaka Collegiate School.

External links

  • Article, from Banglapedia
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  • Dhaka Collegiate School at Facebook
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