Hare School

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Hare School is one of the oldest schools in Kolkata, India, teaching grades 1 to 12 under the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. The boys-only school was established by the Scottish watch-maker David Hare with the help of social reformer Ram Mohan Roy. The establishment date is not agreed upon, but the official year is 1818.

It is situated opposite the Presidency College, Kolkata, College Square and Hindu School, Kolkata and next to the University of Calcutta.


After establishing the Calcutta School David Hare Book Society and the Hindu College, Kolkata (now Presidency College) in 1817 and the Calcutta School Society in 1818, David Hare established the school, opposite Hindu College, in the heart of College Street . After its beginnings as Arpuli Pathshala and later as Colootala Branch School, it was renamed Hare School in 1867.


The combined campus of the Hare School and Presidency College is one of the largest in Kolkata. The ownership of the campus is a contentious issue, leading to conflicts about which parts of the ground the students can access, whether they can play in the College's field and whether they can use the gates of the college. This situation was escalated some time ago after a widely-publicised incident of eve-teasing in the college campus, though restrictions have again been brought down to a normal level.

The white school building is of Victorian...
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