Mrs. Deena Mistri

She officially started teaching English to the secondary classes at the B.V.S. in 1950. Her father was initially against her teaching at an all boys’ school, but the Principal at that time gave full assurances to her father that she will be well looked after. She was the first lady teacher to teach the secondary classes during those days.

In 1961 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for six months from the US, where she completed her Diploma in Education (Administration). In America she taught at the University of Athens - Ohio and at the University of Austin - Texas as a visiting professor.

She and her colleagues were invited to the White House Rose Garden, where President John F. Kennedy gave a short welcome speech and greeted them. This was a very memorable experience for Mrs. Mistri as it was a year before President Kennedy was assassinated. On her way back from the States she was invited by the British Council to observe the British teaching system in London. Observing the American and British teaching systems was an invaluable experience for her career at the B.V.S.

After 21 years of dedicated service, she became the Principal of the B.V.S. in 1972. Her time is considered the golden period for the Parsi school, which churned out future leaders in their fields like medicine, engineering, business and politics. During her tenure as a Principal B.V.S. secured 100% results in the Science and General Groups. With almost 99% of students securing A grade.

Situated on prime property in the middle of Saddar, Mrs. Mistri turned down many an offer to move the school away to areas like Clifton and Defence. She also stayed away from overly commercializing BVS, keeping the school morning shift only and retaining only the matriculation system instead of having dual standards of matriculation and Cambridge. She simply used to respond to demands of parents to the need of Cambridge system by saying “I cannot have class difference within one boundary wall”.