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Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet

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The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet was first established in 1923 in the erstwhile State of Hyderabad due to the initiative of Mr. H. Wakefield under the Nizam of Hyderabad (the erstwhile royal family of Hyderabad) and was meant exclusively for the education of the sons of the Jagirdars. Its first Principal, Mr. Shawcross, might be called the founder of the Jagirdar's College. It was the first residential school catering to the sons of the Jagirdars and Zamindars [wealthy noblemen and landlords]. However, today's student body is not restricted to the aristocracy, and students from diverse backgrounds attend HPS (as it is popularly known) Today, the school's main building (named the Shaheen Block) houses an assembly hall where Senior School students assemble every morning for assembly. This hall has been named the Shawcross Hall. After the abolition of the Jagirdari/Zamindari system in 1950, the Indian Government decided that the Jagirdar's College should be converted to an Independent Public School, thus throwing open its portals to all, irrespective of class or creed.

The Jagirdar's College was reorganised in 1951 as The Hyderabad Public School and was affiliated as a member of the Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC). In 1952, the Hyderabad Public School Society was formed with the Late Dr. Sarvelpalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India as the first Chairman of the Society. Mr. John W. R. Kempe was appointed the first principal of the school. The school has grown immensely in strength since then and today, it has about 3000 boys and girls on its rolls.

Today, it boasts of an excellent Library (named Turner Library after an old Principal, it is located inside the Shaheen Block), well-equipped laboratories, art room, carpentry, book-binding, music room, computer laboratory, and unsurpassed sports facilities. Since its inception in 1923, the school celebrated its Golden Jubilee in December 1973 and its Diamond Jubilee in December 1984. Its Platinum Jubilee in 1998 was celebrated befittingly. HPS continues to be a pioneer in education focusing on all-round development of the student with equal importance accorded to academics, sports, NCC (National Cadet Code) and extra-curricular activities. HPS students down the years have been high-profile achievers in different walks of life.

The Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet (HPS, Begumpet), Begumpet, is one of the pre-eminent public schools in Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh. It was established in 1923 and is situated on a lush 100 acre campus with majestic buildings. Children are schooled from the first grade through the 12th grade, providing instructions on a wide range of subjects. The school's commitment to academics and the many facilities available make it one of the premier schools in Hyderabad. It is also one of the oldest. The School Emblem is the Eagle - Shaheen. The Eagle was chosen by the then Principal Mr. Kempe for its sharpness of vision and its innate ability to soar to great heights. The School Motto is "Be Vigilant". These words exhort young students to be mentally alert, physically ready coupled with the sharpness of vision to meet the challenges that life has to offer.

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