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Founder’s day celebration at The Lawrence School

D. Radhakrishnan
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Programmes to be held on May 2 and 3

A view of the Lawrence School at Lovedale in Udhagamandalam.- Photo: Special arrangement
A view of the Lawrence School at Lovedale in Udhagamandalam.- Photo: Special arrangement

Located amid sylvan surroundings at Lovedale, about six kilometres from here, and well-known for being a fine blend of study and discipline, The Lawrence School is set to celebrate its 155th founder’s day. The celebration would held be for two days - May 2 and 3, instead of the usual three days.

Pointing out that no efforts have been spared in making the occasion as memorable as possible, School Headmistress Sangita Chima told The Hindu here on Wednesday that in the activities planned tradition and novelty would complement each other.

The chief guest would be the former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral (Retd) Arun Prakash and the guest of honour would be Gul Panag, former Miss India and an old student. The institution which ranks as one of the leading public schools in the country came into being in 1858.

History

Sprawling over about 700 acres, the School’s history has been chequered. Brought into being as an asylum, thanks to the efforts of a soldier-cum-civil administrator Sir Henry Lawrence, it was converted into a military school and made a public school after independence.

Lamentably Sir Lawrence did not live to see his work come to fruition, having died on July 4, 1857 in the Lucknow Mutiny. Before being christened The Lawrence School, has over the years been referred to as the Ootacamund Lawrence Asylum, the Lawrence Memorial School, and the Lawrence Memorial Royal Military School.

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