Kabatas High School
HISTORY OF KABATAS HIGH SCHOOL
Established in 1908 by Hasan Tahsin, also the first headmaster of the school, Kabataş Mekteb-i İdadisi had served to raise qualified leaders for the Ottoman Empire for 15 years.After Turkey became a republic in 1923, the institution became a standart high school with its new name: Kabataş Erkek Lisesi. Owing to the inadequecy of the building used by the school, Kabataş Erkek Lisesi had to move to the nearby Feriye Palaces, where the relatives of Sultans -the royal families- had previously been accomodated. Feriye Palaces are known for not only their fascinating view of the Bosphorus but also an unfortunate event, the imprisonment and alleged murder of Sultan Abdülaziz II, which took place in the buildings.
Later in the first half of the 20th century, the Dormitory and the Dining Hall were added to the buildings of Kabataş Erkek Lisesi as well as the building that contained the Conference Hall and the laboratories. With the admission of female students at the high school in 1994 and the establishment of English preparatory classes in 1997, this very school has confirmed its prominent place in field of education of the country. Due to the quality of education it has provided and the success it has proven, Kabataş Erkek Lisesi was promoted to an Anatolian High School in 1998. In 2006, the duration of education in the high school was increased to 5 years.
After 105 years from its establishment, Kabataş Erkek Lisesi still stands as one of the most successful educational institutions of the country with its high-standart education and glorified students.
CHOICE OF ROYALTY
If we would list the reasons why Kabataş is different, its long-standing and prestigious past would be on the lead, as much as being open to innovations in all areas and possesing a topline student profile. Established in 1908, being older than the Republic Of Turkey, Kabataş Erkek Lisesi has always been known for its alumnis and teachers being useful for the country and the planet, its traditions which are definitely well-preserved by its students and of course for its Bosporus-overlooking location which makes secondary school students dream themselves looking out of that large windows and listening to the relaxing harmony of the waves as a Kabataş student.
During its 105-year past, our school graduated plenty of writers, poets, businessmen, ministers…etc including Süleyman Seba (former and honourary president of Beşiktaş – one of the most prestigious football teams in Turkey), Ahmet Taner Kışlalı (writer and former Minister of Culture), Adnan Kahveci (former Minister of Finance), Özdemir Asaf (a well-known Turkish poet) and numerous others. Today, statues of a few and also some of the teachers (well-known Turkish writers Ömer Seyfettin, Behçet Necatigil, Faruk Nafiz Çamlıbel and Reşat Nuri Güntekin) can be seen at the right side of the schoolyard.
As it graduated that much significant people, our school has also witnessed numerous events of importance. 2008 was a year full of ceremonies and festivities as our school became centanarian. Suiting our honourary title “royal”, Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom paid a visit with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh during their Turkey trip and honoured us by making her speech at our schoolyard. There couldn’t be any better place to make that kind of a speech than somewhere like our school with the magnificent view of Bosporus, anyway.
Since we referred to royalty, we would also state that our school is literally set on royalty. Being part of the “Feriye Palaces” complex where relatives of Ottoman Dynasty used to accomodate, presently split up between different institutions like Galatasaray University beside us, our school literally is a palace by Bosporus.