Dhaka Collegiate School

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Dhaka Collegiate School
Dhaka Collegiate School, Dhaka
আল্লাহ্‌ আমাদের সহায়
1, Loyal Street, Sadarghat, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Type Government, Boys High School
Established 1835
Campus Old Town
Area Sadarghat
Color(s) White
Dark blue
Mascot An open book with a single eye, in which an everlasting flame of knowledge burns.
Nickname Collegiatians


Dhaka Collegiate School (Bengali: ঢাকা কলেজিয়েট স্কুল) is a secondary school in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is the oldest school in Dhaka. 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 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.

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


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

Annual Sports function-2011

The president, Zillur Rahman, on Monday said Dhaka Collegiate School played a pioneering role in educating the people of this region, particularly the Muslims who lagged behind during the British rule. ‘Not only in the history of Dhaka, the contribution of this educational institution was also recognised by all in the history of the whole subcontinent,’ he said while speaking at a reunion marking the 175th founding anniversary of Dhaka Collegiate School. The Dhaka Collegiate School Alumni Association organised the function at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital city. Chaired by the association president and also adviser to the prime minister HT Imam, the function was also addressed by national professor Kabir Chowdhury, Alumni Association general secretary Harun-or-Rashid, and former secretary and also chairman of the reunion organising committee Badiur Rahman. Addressing the function as chief guest, Zillur Rahman said that the development and progress of western education took place in the country following the path showed by Dhaka Collegiate School. ‘The institution made special contribution as a bridge between eastern and western education.’ He mentioned that some brilliant and scholarly personalities had used to teach in this school in the past, and they were able to prove their laudable credentials in their life. The president also mentioned that Ratnamoni Gupta was a noted former headmaster of the school from 1888-1896 and during his tenure students from this school stood first in the intermediate examination consecutively for eight years under the Calcutta University. He expressed the hope that all schools across the country would strive to achieve similar success imbibed with the glorious past of Dhaka Collegiate School. He recalled that noted personalities including scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, Meghnad Saha, poet Buddhadeb Bose, litterateur Saratchandra Chattapaddhaya, who studied in the school, later become world-famous scholars. Besides, president Zillur also recalled that anti-British ‘Biplobi’ Dinesh Gupta, Ft Lt Birshreshtha Motiur Rahman and martyred intellectual Munir Chowdhury, who were students of this school, made memorable contributions in their respective fields. He hoped that other educational institutions, like Dhaka Collegiate School, will guide the future generation and play historical role to establish Bangladesh in the world as a prestigious nation. Later, the President cut a giant cake marking the 175th anniversary of the school. In his presidential address, HT Imam recalled that traditional Dhaka Collegiate School, which was considered as the best school in the sub-continent, accorded reception to Noble laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore in 1926. He, however, expressed his dissatisfaction over the present result of the students from this school which achieved 98.12 per cent pass rate with 44 A+ out of 209 who came out successful in the SSC examination this year. HT Imam said teachers and students of this school should pay more attention to make better results in the coming days following its past tradition

Headmasters and headmistresses

  • 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 (2010-2012)
  • A.K.M. Mostafa Kamal(2012-)

Notable alumni


The school offers courses in science and commerce.

Extra-curricular organizations

  • 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

Reference in contemporary literature

  • 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.
  • "Performance Prediction and Analysis of Compute-intensive Tasks on GPUs", Khondker S. Hasan, Amlan Chatterjee, Sridhar Radhakrishnan, and John K Antonio, The 11th IFIP International Conference on Network and Parallel Computing (NPC-2014), Ilan, Taiwan, Sept. 2014, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), pp 612–17, ISBN 978-3-662-44917-2, Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • "A New Composite CPU/Memory Model for Predicting Efficiency of Multi-core Processing", Khondker S. Hasan, John Antonio, Sridhar Radhakrishnan, The 20th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA-14) workshop, Orlando, FL, 15–19 February 2014, USA.
  • "Composite Prediction Model and Task Distribution on a Cluster of Multi-core Processors", Khondker S. Hasan, Sridhar Radhakrishnan, John Antonio, IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC-13) workshop, December 2013, Bangalore, India.
  • "Predicting CPU Availability of a Multi-core Processor Executing Concurrent Java Threads", Khondker S. Hasan, Nicolas G. Grounds, John K. Antonio, 17th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques and Applications (PDPTA-11), July 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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