175 th Anniversary Logo

Image of the 175 th Anniversary Logo


BEM Aided Primary / Highschool / Pre-University College

( Estd – 1838 )

Managed by

South Kanara Educational and Cultural Society (R)

Mission High School Road, Mangalore – 575001

Our History

Established in 1838 AD by German Christian Missionaries, the BEM Educational Institutions, located in the heart of the Mangalore city familiarly known as “Mission High School Road”, have been rendering yeomen service to the public in the field of education, irrespective of caste, colour or religion.  It has the Motto : “Heavens Light Our Guide”.

 Right from the beginning, English was taught as a subject and hence it was also known as the English School,  Mangaloreand also as Mission School.

In 1888 it was raised to the High School status and is considered one of the oldest High Schools in South India.




Till the First World War, the School was under the charge of German and Swiss Missionaries.  Since during the war, Germany was on the opposite side to the then ruling English Government in India, there were some complications and problems in administrating the properties of the Basel Mission, including Schools. In 1918, the management was transferred to Indians.

It received Permanent Recognition by the Madras Government in 1940 vide their order number-5189/40 under the Education Wing of the Basel Mission Church, namely, Malabar & South Kanara Education Society.

Since 1959, the School is being managed by South Kanara Educational & Cultural Society ®.

Some of the eminent earlier HeadMasters of BEM High School were : Mr. S.A. Furtado,   

Mr. George E. Aiman,   Mr. Christian Clare,   Mr. A. Shama Rao,  

Mr. Venkatakrishna Rao, Mr. Premadas Ananda,  Mr. K. Srinivasa Mayya,  

Mr. B.A.Ananda,   Mr. U.S.Rukmiah and so on.

Mr. PremadasAnanda was awarded the “Best Teacher State Award” and Mr. K. Srinivasa Mayya – the “Best Teacher District Award” During their tenure in our School

During these 175 years,  especially in the earlier days,  many eminent personalities have gone through the portals of this illustrious School.  It may be difficult to list all the names –  however, to name a few, the noted Writer Sri Kayyara Kinhanna Rai,  Justice K.S.Hegde, the eminent Jurist, earlier Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India,  Sri Rathna Verma Hegde, father of Respected Dr Veerendra Hegde,  Mr. M .Sundaram Shetty, Founder of Vijaya Bank are some of the names that come to our mind immediately.

Old Students


An Old Photograph of the School  1902


 Education at present :

Lower Primary School (Kannada),  High School (Kannada) ,  Pre University Class – Arts and Commerce with certain combinations.

Present situation:

Having crossed several important milestones, such as Centenary in 1938 and 150 years in 1988, the School in 2013 is presently looking forward to celebrate its 175th Anniversary.

Projects under the 175th Jubilee:

While many small projects have been thought of,  it is proposed to reconstruct certain  Wings of Class Rooms with modern design.  This is estimated to cost about Rs.2crores