The Doon School

boys' boarding school in Dehradun, India

The Doon School (informally Doon School or Doon) is a boys-only private boarding school in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. The school was founded by Satish Ranjan Das, a Calcutta lawyer.[1] Doon's first headmaster was Arthur E. Foot, a former science master at Eton College. The present headmaster is Peter McLaughlin, who has occupied the post since 2009 and is the ninth headmaster of the school.

The Doon School
Main Building at The Doon School
The Doon School
Mall Road
Dehradun – 248001
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Coordinates30°20′00″N 78°01′48″E / 30.33333°N 78.03000°E / 30.33333; 78.03000
School typeBoys' private boarding school
Motto Knowledge our Light
FoundedSeptember 10, 1935; 88 years ago (1935-09-10)
FounderSatish Ranjan Das
CEEB code671616
Chairman of GovernorsSunil Kant Munjal
HeadmasterJagpreet Singh
Founder HeadmasterArthur Edward Foot
Age12 to 18
Number of pupilsc. 600
Campus72 acres (297,314 m²)
Student Union/AssociationThe Doon School Old Boys' Society
Colour(s)Blue & White    
PublicationThe Doon School Weekly
AffiliationIB, CISCE, IGCSE
Former pupilsDoscos
Annual fees1,025,000 (home students)
1,281,000 (international)

The school houses roughly 500 pupils aged 13 to 18. Every year in January and April, the school admits pupils aged 13 in Grade 7 (known as D-form) and aged 14 in Grade 8 (C-form) respectively.[2][3] Doon pupils take the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education in tenth grade and are thereafter offered two strands for the final two years: International Baccalaureate (IB) or Indian School Certificate (ISC). The school began offering the IB curriculum only in 2006, before which all pupils had to sit the ISC examinations in twelfth grade.

Doon has consistently been ranked among the best residential schools of India by media such as The Times of India and Outlook.[4][5] Doon remains a boys-only school despite continued pressure from political leaders, including President Pratibha Patil, to become coeducational.[6][7] Former students of the school are commonly known as Doscos.[8] Although the total number of Doscos is relatively small (estimated at 5,000 since the school's founding), they include some of India's most prominent politicians, government officials and business leaders.[9] The best known alumnus is former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

References change

  1. MacDougall, David (2006), The corporeal image: film, ethnography, and the senses, Princeton University Press, p. 100, ISBN 978-0-691-12156-7, retrieved 31 March 2012
  2. "Admissions Overview". The DOON School. Archived from the original on 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  3. "Entrance Exam". The DOON School. Archived from the original on 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  4. Pushkarna, Neha (2011-10-09). "3 Bangalore schools among India's best". The Times of India. The Times Group. Archived from the original on 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  5. "India's Best Schools". Outlook. Outlook Newsmagazine. 2002-12-16. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  6. Chopra, Jaskiran (24 October 2010). "President leads assault on Doon School heritage". The Pioneer.
  7. "Articles about Doon School by Date – Page 4 – Times Of India". Times of India. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  8. MacDougall, David (2006), The corporeal image: film, ethnography, and the senses, Princeton University Press, pp. 107–108, ISBN 978-0-691-12156-7, retrieved 31 March 2012
  9. "For wannabe Doons, don from hills is a boon". Times of India. 2002-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-12.