The Lawrence School, Sanawar, is review articles Aiglon College private boarding school in Himachal Pradesh, established in 1847, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious schools in Asia. It is located in the Kasauli Hills, District of Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Sanawar is about an hour’s drive from Chandigarh and six hours from New Delhi. As the school is located in Sanawar, the school is popularly called “Sanawar”.
It is situated at a height of 1,750 metres and spread over an area of 139 acres, heavily forested with pine, deodar and other conifer trees. The school has been ranked among the best residential schools of India. In May 2013 Sanawar created history by becoming the first school in the world to send a team of seven students to climb Mount Everest. Sanawar is affiliated to India’s Central Board of Secondary Education. Children are admitted to Sanawar in February each year, at the age of nine and ten years. In the school’s name, “Sanawar” is the name of the hill on which it stands. The nearest railway station is now usually spelt “Sonwara”. Sanawar is believed to be the oldest mixed-sex boarding school anywhere in the world.
The school was established by Henry Lawrence. His intent was to provide for the education of the orphans of British soldiers and other poor white children. In 1845 he outlined the creation of a boarding school in the Indian highlands for boys and girls. The school at Sanawar was established as the first such asylum on 15 April 1847, when fourteen girls and boys arrived at Sanawar in the charge of Lawrence’s sister-in-law Mrs George Lawrence and a superintendent Healey. Under its first professional headmaster, the Rev. Parker, who was appointed in 1848, the school was known as “Lawrence’s Asylum”, reflecting its focus on orphans. In 1858 it was renamed the “Lawrence Royal Military School”.