The Oriental Higher Secondary School, Tirurangadi, as we know, occupies a distinct place in the educational arena of our Kerala society. The establishment of this educational institution was indeed the rarest choice of its kind and the boldest deed of the time. It was a humble step towards the manifestation of the long cherished ideals and values of our great leaders, led by the true spirit of compassion and devotion.
Our school is one of the many educational and charitable institutions established and run by the Tirurangadi Muslim Orphanage Committee. The formation of the committee was quite inspiring and heart throbbing, considering its heroic determination to take up the responsibility of the survival of the challenges faced by the community during the middle of the 20th century. It has, since its very inception made indelible impress in the society with its meritorious record of sincere service to the suffering humanity in various fields of social, religious, educational and intellectual activities for about seven decades. In 1943, a terrible out-break of cholera epidemic plagued widespread havoc in south Malabar. Hundreds of children were orphaned with no one to take care of them. It was at this juncture, realising the gravity of the situation, certain self-less, philanthropic intelligentsia of this area rose to the occasion and constituted the Tirurangadi Muslim Orphanage Committee at Tirurangadi, Malappuram district, Kerala state, south India in order to look after the orphans and destitute, to impart religious, secular and vocational education and training to them.
In pursuance of its objectives mentioned above, the Tirurangadi Muslim Orphanage Committee has started many educational and charitable institutions. Noorul Islam Madrassa (1938), Tirurangadi Yatheem Khana (1943), Oriental Higher Secondary School (1955), Seethi Sahib Memorial Orphanage Teacher Training Institute (1961), Pocker Sahib Memorial Orphanage College (1968), KM Moulavi Memorial Orphanage Arabic College (1971), MK Haji Orphanage Hospital (1996) and Orphanage IT Centre (2003).
All the above institutions were established mainly for the welfare of the orphan inmates of the Tirurangadi Yatheem Khana and for the poor and downtrodden.
The Tirurangadi Yatheem Khana was formally started functioning on 11th December 1943 with 11 orphans sheltered in Noorul Islam Madrasa and adjacent houses. Since there it has steadily grown into a big socio-cultural complex with a record of excellent service to the community and the nation. The starting of Tirurangadi Yatheem Khana, the biggest orphanage in south India, was an epoch making incident in the history of Kerala. Many poor, downtrodden and unsheltered children hailing from various parts of Kerala and even from outside have been looked after with love and affection and brought up with all amenities of life.
It was in the year 1955 that Oriental Higher Secondary School was started with 5th and 6th standards in the beginning. Until then, the inmates of Yatheem Khana were depending on the Govt. High School, Tirurangadi for their studies. Needless to say that the starting of a school for orphan inmates became a blessing to the residents of Tirurangadi and surrounding areas too. The parents and elders became more happy and confident to send their children especially their daughters to school, as disciplined value-oriented education was strictly provided along with formal curriculum. Thus in a way it was the beginning of an intellectual enlightenment, the fruits of which we enjoy at present through generations.
Janab S.M Sayyid Ali, a native of Palakkad, who was an educationist and an administrator was the first Headmaster of the school. The Oriental(Arabic) scheme is followed here with 2 papers of first language as Arabic, where students are able learn Qur'an and Sunna along with other secular subjects. This was in tume with the vision of the founding fathers of the cultural reform movement started at Soudabad, Tirurangadi. Their vision was to mould our youngsters to strong individuals with democratic values and patriotism by providing them with uncompromising quality of education incorporating ethical and moral values.