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Centenary Year 1964
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Established 1864  

School Captain Prefects Arnould Bishop's Harding Mansfield



Scouts shoulder flash Tie & Prefects Tie Pin The Mitre
Boxing Gold Medal Head Boys Tie Pin School Cap


View of the Bungalow from the main gate in the fifties


The Class Rooms where the Table Tennis tables used to be outside
The Old Staff Room  (The new Staff  Room is now in a section of the Harding Hall)


The old Tennis court (now Lunn Block) 1945 with the lowers on the right and servants quarters behind the trees.


The Bell


John Nayler (Head Boy '48) chats with the Mayor of Bombay,  with Mr Lunn on the right.


                      Independence Day 15th August 1947
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Standing: A.Pereira & R.Essai
Squatting: Mr B. Wright, B.Devlin, Mr P. Bunter& Mr A.Baakza



The Desk



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Construction of Playing field on site of Simba House with Vikram (Common Room Steward) Rudy Fox (Estate Manager) & Klyne Aitkins (Teacher) Aug '82


The Head Boys Room               St Mary's Church Inset: Father Wain


School Buses Basketball Court
The Driveway The Playground

The Junior Classes

The Harding (Assembly) Hall


Juniors  on Athletics Day on Sub Area Ground 1980 with Ms T. Pathak


Soil from a camp fire Bookmark


View from Main Gate '72 Staff Room '72
Principal's Bungalow / Harding Hall in background '72 Administrative Offices & Library on right '72


The School Song





Swimming Finals 1952 Speech and Prize Day 1958



The School was founded at the instigation of the Rev.Fenton of Poona with the blessing of the Bishop of Bombay,to cater for the children of regimental families who had no means of obtaining an education.It commenced in barracks under Cpl.Mansfield on April 19th 1864 with 15 boys,mainly children of N.C.O's,and moved to its present site in 1868.(The present School roll is approximately 6000 pupils)


Corp. Mansfield 1864 Mr J Moore 1908-1909 Mrs E Cooper 1946-1947
Mr W W Clifford 1865-1868 Rev G Hewith 1910 Mr A E Lunn 1947-1972
Mr S Brierly 1868-1874 Mr A C Miller 1910-1911 Mr B W Roberts 1973-1999
Mr H C Macnee 1875-1900 Mr T Hider 1911-1919 Mr F Freese1999-
Mr Dunn 1901-1907 Rev A R Cooper 1919-1946  

Since its inception there have been fourteen Headmasters (Principals).Some spent a few short years at Bishop's like Mr.S.Brierly. Mr.H Macnee spent twenty five years of his life at Bishops. From all accounts both were excellent Headmasters. In the 20th century just three men,all outstanding Principals governed the fortunes of the school between them for a period of eighty years.The Rev.A.R.Cooper and Mrs.Cooper from 1919 to 1946,Mr.A.E.Lunn from 1947 to 1972 and Mr.B.W.Roberts from 1973 to 1999. I (Bob Francis) was privileged to serve under two of them from 1945 to 1967 and visited The School several times when Mr Roberts was Principal.I revisited the School in September 2005.
  Mr Freese the new Principal guides The School into the 21st century and I am sure he will take his place with the great men who have governed the fortunes of one of the best schools in India so well.