Howrah Zilla School

Howrah Zilla School (HZS) is the only government high school of Howrah, in the state of West Bengal in India. It is affiliated with West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education.

Howrah Zilla School
9,Church Road (also Biplabi Haren Ghosh Sarani), Howrah-711101

Former nameHowrah Government School
School typeGovernment High School
Established1 December 1845
FounderEast India Company
School districtHowrah
HeadmasterRakendu Bikash Majumder (In-charge)
Number of studentsapprox. 1200 (Secondary and high secondary) and 600 (Primary)
Student to teacher ratio30
Medium of languageBengali
  • Sec, HS- 10.30am- 4.30pm
  • Primary- 6.30am-9.30am
SongJana Gana Mana
YearbookDiganta (দিগন্ত) and a wall magazine named Ankur (অঙ্কুর)
AffiliationWest Bengal Board of Secondary Education and West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
UniformWhite Shirt and Olive Green Pants with white shocks and black school shoes with the badge bearing Lion Capital of Ashoka


The school was established on 1 December 1845. The plan for the school was approved by the District Magistrate, Cockburn Sahib. British teacher, Mr. Donalgard was appointed as the first headmaster. During that period, educationist Bhagabati Charan Basu served as one of its teachers. At that time, it was known as Howrah Government School. Bhudev Mukhopadhyay, a disciple of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio and classmate of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, was the first Indian headmaster of the school. Classes were initially held in a rented house near Howrah Court, in exchange for Rs. 60. Later, when the number of students increased, the British Government provided new land and money for setting up a new building for the students. In 1885, students of this school first appeared in the entrance examination of University of Calcutta. Makhanlal Dey, who ranked first in this exam in 1899, was appointed as the Headmaster of this institution in 1938. Other notable faculty include Umes Chandra Das, Korunanidhan Bandopadhyay, Bidhubhusan Bhattacharya, Jogen Chowdhury , and Sagar Sen. Now it is the only Governmental school of Howrah district.[1]


Howrah Zilla School has six buildings in total. Two of them have been declared as heritage buildings. The school has two different teachers' rooms for morning and day section. The school has two conference rooms.


The school has five laboratories.

  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Computer Laboratory
  • Biology Laboratory
  • Geography Laboratory
  • Statistics Laboratory


The school library has a lot of old books, most of which are not available in the market today.[citation needed].

Notable alumniEdit

Alumni AssociationEdit

Alumni association of the school was established in the year 2010. The association mainly celebrates the foundation day of the institution. It also arranges an annual medical camp for students.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Schools & colleges in Howrah".
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