Boarders 1963

School Premises


Std X,1965

Std XI 1965

Interschool Sports

Sports Day

1952, 1965

Time Table
Std XI 1966

Mrs. Gandhi’s visit’ 1965

Sabine Kalldorf
(ISC 1966)


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Miss Suares - larger than life

This I didn’t even know while I was at school, and I can only blame a teenager’s general preoccupation with matters of only immediate concern for these glaring oversights:

Miss Suares was an Old Cottonian herself, AND she was a rare, female, successful athete in her twenties.

At right: BCGS High School exam board, 1939, 4th from the top. (photo by Nazneen Tonse, 2015)

She represented India in 1951 in the first Asian Games in Delhi and almost medaled in High Jump.

She was team captain for Karnataka in athletics, hockey and basketball and was State Champion in 100m, 200m and hurdles.
She also started the Women’s State Hockey Association and was the Secretary of the Banglaore Schools Athletic Association for 15 years.

And of course, she was our most respected Sports Teacher in a career that spanned 40 years in which she encouraged 1000s of girls to try their best.

For more info please view “The Real Marjorie”,  available online as pdf document written by Leslie Carvalho for AITW (Anglos in the Wind), Vol 11, Issue 42, Sept 2015.

Also: her interview in Nov 2006 “Down Memory Lanes. She just can’t wait for the Games to begin

provided by Leslie Carvalho
BCGS, exam board; photo by Nazneem Tonse, 2015
provided by Leslie Carvalho
provided by Leslie Carvalho
provided by Leslie Carvalho

Photos taken from Leslie Cavalho’s article on Miss Suares, #148 and #454 above, very likely during the Asian Games

In an interview for the Times of India, published on Sept 13, 2015, Miss Suares stated that “Even while I was studying, I knew I wanted to go back because the umbillical cord was very strong. After graduation I worked at school till retirement and without doubt the best years of my life were spent in school.”

<--- Marjorie Suares

1952 teachers BCGS

Above: Teachers of BCGS in 1952 -- Miss Suares middle row, 2nd from right

1978 found on the web
provided by Nazu Tonse, Misssuares
 Girl Cottonian, 1977

in the 1970s

left, above and below: from the school magazine “The Girl Cottonnian”, 

Thank you Nazneen Tonse, and Jane Jacob

Jane Jacob, Girl Cottonian


Pres Radhakrishna's visit 1965, provided by Ninette Suares

During President Radhakrishnan’s visit to our school during the Centenary Year, Dec. 1965. Miss Suares at far right.
(Photo provided by Ninette Suares, her niece, here pictured standing in front of her, between Thangam Pillai and Esther Thomas, 2nd girl from top.)

Basketball Inter-School 1965
Basketball Inter-School 1965

Newspaper clippings that I saved in my album, 1965

OCs 1965, provided by Latha Gowda 66

Miss Suares, and OG herself, participates in the Old Girls vs Old Boys Hockey Match in 1965

source Girl Cottonian, 1966;
thank you Latha Gowda

next: later years and official recognition


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