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NOSTALGIA: Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti looking at a rare photograph at Lamington High School in Hubli on Friday.
NOSTALGIA: Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti looking at a rare photograph at Lamington High School in Hubli on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: Efforts are being made to restore the glory of Lamington High School here, which was once a prestigious educational institution in north Karnataka. Scores of eminent personalities now spread across many parts of the globe have studied in this school.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti, who is the honorary chairman of the Lamington High School Management and Development Committee, told presspersons here on Friday that Rs. 1 crore was being spent to renovate the school, now run by the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC).

Mr. Horatti said the HDMC had contributed Rs. 75 lakh for the renovation and the State Government would contribute the remainder. The renovation work was nearing completion and he would take steps to get the Government to release its share of the money, he said.

"Once there used to be stiff competition to getting admission to Lamington High School. The first option of the students in the twin cities in those days was Lamington High School. Students sought admission in other schools only if they failed to get a seat in Lamington. Our dream is to restore its old glory," the Minister said.

Mr Horatti was the physical education teacher in the school before he resigned to plunge into politics.

He said the affairs of the school were in a mess for various reasons, including interference from HDMC councillors and officials. Now efforts were being made to set things right, he said.

Various committees had been formed to improve the standard of education and facilities in the school, and the plan was to invite President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for its delayed centenary celebrations.

The centenary celebrations are likely to be held in January or February, depending on the President's convenience.

Efforts are on to trace the alumni of the school, known as Lamingtonians, to get contributions and assistance for the improvement of the school.

Lamington High School was known as the Anglo Vernacular School before it shifted to the present building in 1904. It was the only high school in those days in the undivided Dharwad district.

Although it was a co-educational school from 1904 to 1968, it was divided into two high schools for boys and girls during the academic year 1968-69. The medium of instruction then was Kannada, English and Marathi. Now it is Kannada and English.

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