On 11th April 1988, a dream was realized for the people of Kolkata in the sylvan surroundings of Behala. Under the guidance of the well-known philanthropist and industrialist Shri MadhavPrasadji Birla and Smt. Priyamvada Birla, M.P.Birla Foundation Education Society, a non-profit Institution, established the M.P.Birla Foundation H.S.School on James Long Sarani, Behala, Kolkata.
Initially the school, with a strength of 1500 students, was affiliated to the CBSE.The first Class X batch appeared for the CBSE Examination in March 1993 in which all 65 students secured first division marks.Later,the school switched over to ICSE in the year 1995. In 1996, the school was upgraded to the plus 2 category, catering to both Science and Commerce streams. Every year, the students continue to come out with flying colours not only in the board examinations, but also in All- India competitive examinations, thus ensuring their place in the premier institutes for higher studies. The school has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 1998. The present strength of the school stands at 3200. What would M.P.Birla Foundation H.S.School be without the MPBians! Academic excellence along with co-curricular activities has been the hallmark of this institution.
The All India Principal’s Conference of ISC Schools (ASISC) was held in Kolkata for the first time in November 1998 and M.P.Birla Foundation H.S.School became the venue for the conference. It was inaugurated by the former Union Education and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Pratap Chandra Chunder. More than 400 principals of various ICSE &ISCschools from all over India attended this conference. The school was honoured to hold this conference.
The Principal of the school, Mr. Herbert George, was awarded the Best Principal of the Year in 1998. He was the recipient of the RashtraSamman Award by Pariwar Milan in the year 2008. In July 2013, a Life Time Achievement Award has been conferred on him by the ASISC.
The primary aim of the school is to impart and lay emphasis on sound moral education, values, principles, skills and knowledge and thereby encourage students to strive for excellence in all fields of endeavour. In keeping pace with the modern technology, the school has introduced Smart Class and Mindspark classes to enhance the learning skills of students.
In the field of extra- curricular activities, the students of this 31 year old institution have brought several laurels to the school.
The All India President’s Gold Medal in English Essay competition was won by MPBian L.Vishwanathan.
In the year 2000, Debanjan Mukherjee of Class VIII won the first prize for All India Science Talent Search Examination. In the All India Inter–School Quiz Contest held in Delhi, conducted by ESPN Sports, the school team qualified for the finals in the Eastern Zone.
The Ministry for Human Resource Development organized a seven day student exchange programme in Tokyo,Japan. MPBians, Akshay Gupta and TanviDhanuka were among those who got selected to attend the programme in Tokyo under the Jenesys Scheme in December 2007.
In 2008, the MPBians represented by Puneet Jhawar, Devashish Dey, Nishant Jhunjhunwala and Tejinder Singh played for the Bengal team in the All India CISCE Basketball Tournament.
In 2009, the school football team emerged the Champions in the TTIS Inter School 5-a-side football tournament.
In the Annual Inter-School Drama Competition , jointly organized by the Central School of Speech and Drama, London and British Council of India, held in 2009, M.P.Birla Foundation H.S.School stood first. Dr. Susmita Duari of the Department of physics was declared the Best Teacher coordinator and MPBian Debolina Chowdhury was adjudged the Best Actress. The winners were sent to London to attend a summer course in 2010 on Youth Theatre for Actors.
In the Inter School Basketball Tournament organized by Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, M.P.Birla Foundation H.S.School lifted the Champions Trophy for two consecutive years in 2009 and again in 2010. In September 2013, a team of five students won the first position at the Prize of Apprentice Scientist, Kolkata, organized by Section of Excellence in Science of Lycee Francais de Pondicherry in partnership with Future Foundation School, Kolkata. The team qualified to participate at the national level in Pondicherry where they secured the third position.
An all-rounded system of education has helped M.P.Birla Foundation H.S.School produce an ever increasing list of alumni who have made a name for themselves in diverse fields. To name a few, Bhubanjyoti Bhattacharya received the extremely prestigious Subramaniam Chandrashekhar Fellowship for a PhD program in Physics in the University of Chicago. Sayantan Sharma is pursuing his Post –Doctoral research work in Physics art Bielefeld ,Germany after completing his PhD from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Dipanjan Das , another alumnus ,is currently based in New York, working with the Google in their Research and Development wing. Rajiv Narula of 1998 ISC batch is presently Asst. Professor, Canton, New York. Mohit Khumbat of 1999 ISC batch is a faculty at the University of Korea. Dr. Santanu Panja, who has earned a great reputation as an oncologist, is currently attached to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata. The present Regional Director of ASSOCHAM, Debmalya Banerjee, is an alumnus of this institution. Even in the field of performing arts – singer Anupam Roy, actor Sayantani Ghosh, actor Tridha Chowdhury and drummer Sourish Kumar are all former MPBians. These names are only a few of the host of others who have done their Alma Mater proud in various fields of life, both in India and abroad.
The quiet environment and verdant greenery of the school provide the right ambience for a "shiksha – ashram". The school was awarded The Best Maintained School in 1998 by the The Telegraph School Awards for Excellence.
The school is, perhaps, the only institution in West Bengal, which provides "Mentors" for weak students who are under their guidance and supervision. They help the child to overcome his/ her weakness by assisting the child both inside and outside school hours. These mentors are the teachers of the school and if required they visit the homes of the students to understand their problems and solve the same.
The school, as desired by its founder, takes care to ensure a balanced growth of the students' mind and body. The goal of this institution is not only to promote education by encouraging academic excellence and development of skills, but also to groom students in understanding Indian Civilization and its values. The aim is to foster strict discipline moulded on the lines of Indian Heritage. Compassionate governance with constant search for excellence has brought the school to where it stands today.