The Doon School facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsThe Doon School
Dehradun – 248001
|School type||Private boarding school|
|Motto||Knowledge our Light|
|Founded||September 10, 1935|
|Founder||Satish Ranjan Das|
|Sister school||Welham Girls' School
Chand Bagh School
|School district||Dehradun district|
|Chairman of Governors||Analjit Singh|
|Founder Headmaster||Arthur Foot|
|Age||13 to 18|
|Number of pupils||480|
|Campus||69 acres (280,000 m²)|
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
|Publication||The Doon School Weekly|
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education
|Annual fees||5,30,000 (home students)
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. 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 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. 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. Doon remains a boys-only school despite continued pressure from political leaders, including President Pratibha Patil, to become coeducational. Former students of the school are commonly known as Doscos. 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. The best known alumnus is former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Images for kids
Arthur Foot and his wife Sylvia Hartell with Lord Mountbatten, during the latter's visit to the school on 13 February, 1948.
In March 2020, the school closed for the first time since its founding, following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot being staged in the open-air theatre, Rose Bowl.
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