Dhaka Collegiate School

Dhaka Collegiate School is a secondary school in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[1] It is the oldest school in Dhaka.

Dhaka Collegiate School
Dhaka Collegiate School, Dhaka
1, Loyal Street

Coordinates23°47′40″N 90°24′06″E / 23.7945°N 90.4016°E / 23.7945; 90.4016Coordinates: 23°47′40″N 90°24′06″E / 23.7945°N 90.4016°E / 23.7945; 90.4016
TypeGovernment, Boys High School
Mottoআল্লাহ্‌ আমাদের সহায়
(Allah is our Patron)
Established1835 (1835)
CampusOld Town
White and Dark Blue
MascotAn open book with a single eye, in which an everlasting flame of knowledge burns.


Dhaka Collegiate School

The school was established in Dhaka in 21 June 1835 as Dhaka English seminary. It was the first government high school established by the British under the East India Company in the Bengal 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 as a student.[2]

The foundation of Dhaka Intermediate College later to be known as Dhaka College was laid down in 1841. The school separated from the college in 1908. Since then it has been the Zilla School of Dhaka, although it continues to be called Dhaka Collegiate School.[2]

The school maintained high academic records and boasted of securing top position in the Indian subcontinent for 8 times out of 9 consecutive years under Babu Ratna Mani Gupta. This honoured institution has delivered many famous alumni in its history of over 175 Years.


The school is located in Sadarghat crossing, west of Bahadur Shah Park and south of Jagannath University, on the banks of the Buriganga River.[2]


The school offers courses in science and commerce and classes conducted in two shifts (morning and day).

Extra-curricular organizationsEdit

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

Headmasters and headmistressesEdit


  • 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 (2000-2001)
  • Mr. Md. Anwar Hossain (2001-2007)
  • Mr. Abdul Malek Mia (2007)
  • Mr. Ali Akkas Ahmed (Acting)(2007-2008)
  • Mrs. Rowshon Ara (Acting)(2008-2010)
  • MD. Farid Uddin (2010-2012)
  • A.K.M. Mostafa Kamal(2012-2013)
  • MD. Khalekh (2013-2014)
  • MD. Abu Sayed Bhuiya (2014-2019)
  • MD.Ariful Islam (2019-Present)

Notable alumniEdit

In contemporary literatureEdit

  • In Satyajit Ray's Popular Detective Series Feluda, Mentions Pradosh Chandra Mitter aka Feluda's Father late Jaykrishna Mitter was a mathematics teacher of Dhaka Collegiate School.


  1. ^ "List of Secondary Schools" (XLS). Ministry of Education. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Rahman, S M Mahfuzur (2012). "Dhaka Collegiate School". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

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