Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School (OMHS) is named after its founder Colonel Henry Steel Olcott who founded the school in 1894. The Panchama Free School as it was then called, it was founded to provide schooling access to the children of the fifth caste who were denied access to the regular schools. Olcott Education Society (renamed from Panchama Free Schools Society) the education arm of the Theosophical Society continues to run the school with the vision “Social change through the education of the underprivileged”.

The completely free (no fees) nature of the school with Tamil as medium of instruction ensures that the school caters to the children who come from the really socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society in the school’s neighbourhood and to those children whose families have been displaced from Besant Nagar (named after Annie Besant of the Theosophical Society).

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