As early as 1894, The President Founder of the Theosophical Society, Col. H.S.Olcott, pioneered a movement for the education of the most underprivileged sections of society by establishing several Panchama (Harijan) schools in and around Madras (Chennai). The teachers were Theosophists who had rejected the system of caste and untouchability. After Co. Olcott’s death in 1907, the Theosophical Society’s main school for the underprivileged was renamed in his honour as the Olcott Memorial School.

The Theosophical society, which is sponsoring this educational work, is a non-sectarian, non-political, non-profit making international organization of more 110 year standing. It stands for the equality of the human being without distinction of caste, creed, colour, sex, social and economic position. It seeks to lend dignity to the human citizen irrespective of social status.

The Vision

Over the decades, enlightened opinion has awakened to the moral injustice perpetrated for centuries with pseudo religious sanction, condemning millions of men and women to live and work under sub-human conditions. Since Independence, the constitution as well as public opinion have set the goal of correcting this injustice to the underprivileged. Reservations and other facilities are being provided to ensure equality of opportunity to the victims of tradition. However, offering of opportunities is meaningless unless adequate efforts are directed towards providing a radically different type of education to remedy the built-in disabilities of environment and nutrition.


Year of establishment : 1894

School Category : Higher Secondary School

Type of school : Coeducational

Lowest class : 1

Highest Class : 12

Medium of Instruction: Tamil

Science group in class 11: English