Alborz High School
Alborz High School , is a high school located in the heart of Tehran, Iran. It is named after the Alborz mountain range north of Tehran.
The school was founded as an elementary school in 1873 by a group of American missionaries headed by James Bassett). This was in the 26th year of the reign of Nasereddin Shah Qajar, 22 years after Amir Kabir founded the Dar ul-Funun school in Tehran and 21 years before the Constitutional Revolution in Persia .
When Dr. Samuel Jordan arrived in Persia in 1898, he made various changes and the school became a 12-year elementary and secondary school offering some college courses. The institution came to be known as the American College of Tehran.Lorentz, J. Historical Dictionary of Iran. 1995. ISBN
Dr. Jordan was president of Alborz for 42 years (1899-1940). During this time Alborz grew from an elementary school to a famous and respected high school and college.
In 1932, the school received a permanent charter from the Board of Regents of the State University of New York.
In 1940 and during World War II, by the order of the Shah Reza Pahlavi, Alborz was taken from American management and was put under Iranian Ministry of Education during Reza Shah's modernization reforms. At this time the name was also changed form "College" to "Alborz", and was re-appointed as a high school.
In 1944, Professor Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, member of University of Tehran's faculty, was appointed as the president of Alborz and from that time until 1979 and continuing after the Iranian revolution, Alborz had the most successful period of its history.
In recent years Alborz continues to be one of the best schools of Iran, but by no means it is the undisputed number one in ranking that it used to be; and has fallen in ranking mostly due to the series of national schools for both boys and girls which absorb the highest academic achievers. Nevertheless, Alborz continues to be consistently ranked among the best schools of Iran.
Image:Alborz_Logo.jpg|Alborz High SchoolImage:alborz_under_iranian_flag.jpg|Main building, recent photo (2007) Image:American College Tehran.JPG|McCormick Hall, American College of Tehran, circa 1930. The school received a permanent charter from the Board of Regents of the State University of New York in 1932. Image:Dr.Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi.jpg|Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi
Image:Alborz-high-school-staff-dsc0423-mehran.jpg|Alborz staff (pre 1979 Revolution era)
Alborz presidents and their serving terms
Mr. Howard 1873 - 1889
Dr. Samuel M. Jordan 1899 - 1940
Mohammad Vahid Tonekaboni 1940 - 1941
Mohsen Hadad 1941
Ali Mohammad Partovy (Monee-ol-Molk) 1941 - 1942
Hasan Zoghi 1942 - 1943
Lotfali Sooratgar 1943 - 1944
Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi 1944 - 1979
Mr. Hossein Khoshnevisan unknown-1990
Bagher Dezfulian 1991- 1997
Mr. Dastani 1998 - 1999
Valiollah Sanaye 1999 - 2007
Dr. Mazaher Hami Kargar (present)
Notable Alborz deans
Assadollah Moosavi Makooei
Dr. Mahmoud Behzad
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Kamran Elahian, entrepreneur and investor
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Siavash Ghomeishi, Iranian singer and music composer
Ali Javan, physicist and creator of gas laser
Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, physician scientist and proponent of the reverse epidemiology hypothesis
Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, academic, RMIT University
Hedayat Lotfian, former commander of Police Forces
Caro Lucas, Professor at University of Tehran
Paul Merage, entrepreneur and philanthropist
Tahmaseb Mazaheri, Governor of Central Bank of Iran
Mostafa Mirsalim, former Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance
Farzad Nazem, former CTO of Yahoo!
Atila Pesyani, actor
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Education in Iran
Higher education in Iran