Source: The Hindustan Times
An alumni association of a school in Darjeeling has come forward to help those who have been affected by landslides and the pandemic. The Old Paulite Association (OPA) which establishes all Paulites, the alumni of St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling have been running relief drives in several areas across the country with volunteers from the network itself. The OPA is based out of Kolkata in India but OPA Chapters thrive all over India and abroad.
St. Paul’s traces its origins to 1823 to a site in Calcutta where the Calcutta Museum now stands. In 1864 the School was transferred to Darjeeling although the means of reaching Darjeeling in those days were very rugged. The site chosen was the hill called Jalapahar. At an altitude of nearly 7500 feet above sea level, St. Paul’s became a Public School at the highest altitude in the world. The school is exclusively for boys and runs in a residential setup.
Paulites form a strong family even after leaving the school premises and stay connected with each other over several meets and now campaigns.