St. Joseph south block
Entry gate- Dhaka Collegiate School
Dhaka Collegiate school- main building
Collegiate school- extension
The school was separated from the college and put under control of the inspector of schools in 1908. Since then it got the status of a Zilla School, although it continued to be called Dhaka Collegiate School. Ramesh Chandra Majumdar, Jagadish Chandra Basu and Buddhadeb Basu were associated with the school as student or teacher. The school maintained high academic records and boasted of securing top position 8 times out of 9 consecutive years. It had a competitive edge over other academic institutions in football, cricket, hockey and basketball. Famous Alumni are Nawab of Dhaka Khwaja Abdul Ghani, physicist Dr. Meghnad Saha, Bir Shrestho Matiur Rahman, linguist and martyred intellectual Munir Chowdhury, poet Buddhadeb Basu. At present, it is located at Sadarghat crossing, west of Bahadur Shah Park and south of Jagannath University College. This boys' school now offers courses in humanities, science, commerce and agriculture. In 1999, it had 1,850 students and 53 teachers, of whom 20 were female.
The oldest government school of the city on record (established in 1835), the Collegiate School is at present encircled by a tempo stand, makeshift shops and businesses and illegal offices of various political organizations.
The school conducted education and examinations in European style until 1923, when it sought and received permission to come under Board Examination leading to its recognition in 1924. The school ran as a co-education until 1912, when the girls joined St Francis Xavier Girls High School. Ever since it is a boys' school. After creation of Pakistan in 1947, the school started teaching in English medium, and also ran Bengali medium sections. Notre Dame College began here as St. Gregory's College.
The school earned reputation for excellent results of its students in Matriculation (S. S. C.) examinations. It demonstrated well in sports, science exhibitions, cultural meets and the scout movement, for which its alumni take pride in being Gregorian. In 1999, it had 1,540 students studying in classes I to X. That year it had 43 teachers, of whom 11 were women. The school can boast of the many eminent personalities who are in the list of its alumni. To name a few, Dr. Amartya Sen (Nobel Laureate Economist), Tajuddin Ahmed (first prime minister of Bangladesh), Dr. Kamal Hossain (former law and justice minister of Bangladesh), and Dr. Osman Farooq (education minister of Bangladesh, 2001- )
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Pogose School - extension block
Pogose school students passing a leisurely day as teachers enforce strike for nationalization of school
The school went through a difficult time during the Second World War. The school was in a state of near collapse during the 50s. Many famous people were once students of Pogose School. The list includes persons like Sir K.G. Gupta ICS (first Indian Privy Councilor), Dr. P.K. Roy (the first Indian Principal of Dhaka College and later, Professor of Calcutta Presidency College), Dr. Aghornath Chatterjee (first Indian D Sc, father of Sarojini Naidu), Ataur Rahman Khan (Chief Minister of East Pakistan, and also Prime Minister, Bangladesh), Zahirul Haque (Director of Banking Control, Karachi), and Babu Mathuramohan Chakraborty (founder, Sakti Ausadhalaya, a pioneer in manufacturing Ayurvedic medicine).
In the mid-1980s, the school started gradually falling behind in competition with the rise of new government and private schools. In 1999, it offered courses in humanities, business studies and science and it had 38 teachers (12 women) and 2,030 students, of whom 438 were girls.