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A Hundred and Fifty-Five years in the service of nation through education is no mean achievement. This pioneering institution was founded by a visionary Sir Robert Stanes. He came to India in his father’s ship to help his brothers William and Thomas in thier Coffee and tea plantation. He was enamored with the Nilgiri Hills. From the Nilgiris he moved to Coimbatore to become a pioneer textile Industrialist and an automobile business-man.
In 1861, Robert Stanes, then a young man of just twenty commenced a Day School for the children of his employees. The beginning was a very humble – a very small rented house near Kumaran market – two teachers and four students. The school moved to two more areas and finally to the present campus.
Robert Stanes was very particular that the school should be very spacious and that the school, the hostel and the playground should be together. Soon he succeeded in getting the present campus on the Avinashi Road. In 1927 amid pomp and splendor befitting the occasion the foundation for the present school was laid. He purchased a plot of 25 acres for Stanes School adjoining the Chidambaram Pillai Park and the work commenced on the present school building and boarding housed in the same year. The total cost came to nearly Rs.3 lakhs. When the new buildings were completed James Stanes (brother of Robert Stanes) a generous subscriber made a gift of Rs. 10,000/- for equipments.
Robert stanes was not always prosperous. On many occasions his business failed and he was left in monetary difficulties, but yet he never gave up. Within a short period, he stabilized himself. When the family decided to leave India winding up their business interests, the schools were left under a board of trustees, to carry on the services.
Sir Robert Stanes contributed on an average of Rs. 10,000/– annually till his death (1936) towards maintenance of the school.
It was his motto to aim high and not to be cowed down by failures. He wanted the students to aim high and not be content with the mediocre pass certificate. He advised the students not to lose courage in the eyes of failure.
“Heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight”. The school, with its founder, celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1912. In 1914 Robert Stanes was awarded the Kaiser-I-Hind and in 1920 he was knighted.
The school ranks as one of the best in Tamil Nadu among the schools following the State Board Exam in class XII and the Anglo-Indian School leaving certificate in class X. The School has produced state rank holders who have been well placed in life. Apart from academic performance the school has been continuously doing well in the field of sports and games. The students are not far behind in the field of cultural activities.
The medium of instruction is English, at the same time the regional language is also given importance. Hindi and French are also taught in the school. The school boasts of a dedicated faculty of teachers, office staff and others helping in the day to day functioning of the school.
The school has a well-equipped library, laboratories and a modern computer lab. The school also has a state -of-art sports hall with wooden flooring, housing four basketball courts, six table tennis tables and a gym with various equipments.
The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is part of the school’s activities which imparts training to boys and girls. The Scouts are fledglings who are also undergoing training. The Road Safety Patrol (R.S.P) are a group of students who look after the safety of the students by controlling the traffic. The Sir Robert Stanes Eco Club helps the students keep in touch with nature.
Indeed the school is living up to its motto “ Aim for the Highest”.
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