The Cathedral & John Connon School. Mumbai - India's best school

The Cathedral & John Connon School. Mumbai.
The Cathedral & John Connon School which was named  as the top school offering ICSE and ISC in India by a Hindustan Times report of 2013 is a popular coeducational school. Founded in 1860, it is considered as one of the best day schools in Asia, whose students are from Indian elite families - mostly from  wealthiest business families. Located in Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, the school is,  as far as admission is concerned, it is selective  and  has the largest network of alumni students  who are well settled in their respective fields and reside across the globe. 

It is one of the oldest schools founded by the British and has the honor of consistently maintaining   high standard and rank for some decades. The 156-year plus year old school still heads the  lists of best day schools in India.
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The man behind this old school and the cathedral was Bishop Harding and   in 1860 the Cathedral Chaplain opened a grammar school  in the old city of Bombay. Subsequently smaller institutions for girls joined the main stream school and they together formed what is now known as  the Cathedral and John Connon School.

In October, 1875 during the colonial rule under the Crown a  Choir School was  established with  a view to providing choristers for the first Anglican Church of Bombay, St. Thomas Cathedral. The  Scottish Education Society founded in 1866, built a building on the Esplanade, and named it after John Connon  who happened to be the then Chief Registrar of Bombay.

In 1878 the Bombay Diocesan Society's school in Byculla merged with the Choir School to form the Cathedral High School. A 
girl 's school had been functioning since 1880.  Built with a blend of Indo-Gothic style, the senior  school building came up in 1896.

In 1922, an important event took place that was the merger of the Cathedral Boys' School  and the Scottish School. The school authorities wanted  to work together to avoid competition between two groups and the schools  came under management of  the Anglo-Scottish Education Society. The schools were re-organized into the sections: Cathedral Boys' School, the Cathedral Girls' School, and the John Connon School.

Today the old boys' school is the Senior School; the old girls' school is the Middle School; and the John Connon School is the Junior School. The Infant School in Malabar Hill, was set up in 1965. The entire administrative work of the other sections is taken care of by the  senior school. 
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The Cathedral & John Connon School has affiliation with the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), and its students  are eligible to appear for the Council's ISC, IB (Grade 12) and ICSE (Grade 10) examinations. The medium of instruction is English  and Hindi is taught as a second language.  Marathi or Sanskrit  is offered as the third language. Because of excellent teaching, guidance and personal attention of the school staff, the school  students have performed well at the ICSE and ISC examinations and, it is believed, that the school has maintained a 100% pass-rate. The school has various additional programs for good students who want to purse higher education. Further, the school gives priority to extracurricular activities as well.

Some of the famous alumni of this school are: Late Dr. Homi Bhabha: Eminent Nuclear Scientist, late J.R.D Tata: Industrialist, Jamshyd Godrej: Billionaire industrialist Godrej & Boyce, Karisma Kapoor: Bollywood actress, Kiran Desai: 2006 Booker Prize winner, late Muhammad Ali Jinnah: famous lawyer of Bombay and founder of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Salman Rushdie: novelist and essayist, 1981 Booker Prize winner, late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto: former Foreign Minister, President and Prime Minister of Pakistan.