Union Minister for Shipping G.K.Vasan has appealed to the people of Kumbakonam to celebrate the 150th year of Town Higher Secondary School in a grand manner.
Presiding over a meeting of the celebration committee headed by him in Kumbakonam on Sunday, Mr.Vasan said that 150th year anniversary celebrations of the school will be held on January 27, 28 and 29 next year. Eminent persons such as Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, former Union Minister T.T.Krishnamachary, Sadasiva Pandarathar were some of the notable alumni of the school. “Though I’m not a student of this school, I studied in Kumbakonam and I’m a son of this soil,” Mr.Vasan said.
The Town Higher Secondary School is being run from a heritage building and remains a temple of learning amidst the many temples of worship of the town.
The 150 years of educational service of the school should be lauded, recognised, and appreciated.
“Kumbakonam should wear a festive look,” Mr.Vasan said.
Committee members G.Rangasamy Moopanar and Dr.P.Seethraman participated. .
The school was started as a primary school on April 14, 1864. M.Martin, a retired head constable, was the first head master of the school. Philanthropists Raghunatha Samy Rao, Rao Bahadur T.Gopal Rao, and Subbaraya Chettiar contributed to the growth of the school.
Thambusamy Mudaliar gave the land for the school for a low price.
Mysore King Bahadur Jayasama Raja Wodayar graced the centenary celebration of the school held on September 21, 1964. At present there are nearly 3,508 students and 138 teaching and non-teaching staff.