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Academic year 2007-08:
150 year celebration special:
Sister institution:
Beginning of School

Beginning of School

The Beginning:
The Hindu High School, Triplicane has now completed 125 years of its service to the community and it celebrates now the completion of its 125th year with pride, it having celebrated its centenary year in 1952. It had no doubt a very small beginning. From the records it is seen that two small schools, "The Dravida Patasala" for tamil boys and "Tje4 Jomdi Andhra Balura Patasala" for Telugu boys were in existence in 1852 and they were amalgamated later into one and designated as "The Triplicane Andhra Dravida Balura Patasala" in 1860 to form are nucleus for the Hindu High School, Triplicane.

Hard Days:
The pay of the staff in those days was incredibly low. The Headmaster, one Mr Velliambala Upadyayar was paid Rs.10/- a month, the two other assistants getting Rs.3/- a month. As the Boys' school grew in Headmaster in 1868 on a salary of Rs.40/- a month. There was also a Girls' School known as "Balika Patasala" under the same management But dark days confronted the Schools and financial deficit made the pay of teachers fall in arrears. It was then that Sri M.A. Singarachariar was co-opted as a member of the management. He was requested to take up the Secretaryship and Treasurership of both the schools. Mr Singarachariar discharged all the liabilities of the School out of his own pocket and kept the school going. The tirel4ess efforts and munificence of Mr.Singarachariar as Secretary, member and President of the managing Committee for 38 years put the school on stable ground and made the School into a first class High School.

Matriculation Classes
Mr. M.A. Singarachariar saw to the improvement of instruction in English. In 1870, the first batch of students was sent for the public examination This happened during the second year of the Secretaryship of Mr. M.A. Singarachariar. In 1873, at the suggestion of the Director of Public Instruction the name of the school was changed to "Triplicane Anglo Vernacular High School". From the beginning the School was located in Big Street and the struggle for accommodation has been a chronic problem.

In 1876 the Management of the Girl's School was handed over to the Maharaja of Vizianagaram and finally it was taken over by the Government – Secondary and Training School of the Lady Wellingdon Training College, Triplicane.

In 1885, the Grant in aid was stopped on the ground that the accommodation was defective. In 1889, the permanent recognition of the School was withheld in addition to the stoppage of the Grant-in-aid, although the school was recognized from year to year. The only encouraging factor was the fact that the School enjoyed immense popularity and the results were very good Dr. David Dimcam, the Principal of the Presidency College had recorded his appreciation of the School in the Presidency (Vol.1 No1)

The Hindu High School
The Managing Committee undaunted by the extreme steps taken by the Department, acquired the adjoining sites and constructed the main building at a cost of Rs.57,637 making a lot of sacrifice. The late T. Namberumal Chetty, Contractor carried out the construction more as a work of dedicated service than for any profit. The main building was opened in March 1897 by the Governor of Madras Sir Arthur Havelock. The name of the School was changed to "The Hindu High School" in 1898.
In 1906, another twelve rooms were added to the main building by erecting two floors, on what is known as the Northern Block, thus making the 'L-shaped building into 'T' shaped.

Mr. M.A. Singarachariar passed away in 1908 depriving the School of its guilding star. The committee thought of putting up a clock tower as a memorial but gave up the idea. Then the Hall which was on the first floor till 1742 was named after Singarachariar at a function presided over by Sir John Wallis, Chief Justice of Madras, In fact the School itself is a fitting memorial to the self-less services of the great philanthropist Mr. M.A. Singarachariar.

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