Our founder – Late Rev James Douglas Tytler
(31st March, 1898-13th September,1973)
The late REV JAMES DOUGLAS TYTLER was born in Scotland. He came to India as a Chaplain to the Viceroy attached to the Cathedral Church of Redemption, New Delhi. He fell in love with India and stayed back and took up Indian citizen. He started his first school, The Church High School, within the compounds of the Church. Extremely kind-hearted, he tried to eradicate the difference in society caused by poverty, neglect and carelessness. The children of poor parents who found hope and encouragement and substantial aid from him are many. As the school grew he took up fresh challenges in other places where the need for education was felt. He was also the Founder and the First Principal of Delhi Public School, Summer-Fields and four other schools and his crowning effort was the J.D. Tytler School, which he started with just a handful of children and his dynamic tenderness and optimism. Today J.D. Tyler School is a full fledged Senior Secondary School. He was a man of many talents-an educationist, a sportsman, a dynamic organizer and an incurable optimist with a wry sense of humour, dramatist, actor and a well-known patron of the arts and music his presence was always like a fresh breeze. He was a father figure, especially in the realm of sports. He was the President of the Delhi Olympic Association, the Delhi Swimming Association, Delhi Weightlifting Association, the Vice President of Delhi Gymnastics Association and patron of the Institute of Breathing of Delhi and Delhi Cycling Association. A superb actor, he could make his part come alive on the stage. He was a founder member of the Theatre Workshop and was associated with the Little Theatre Group and other leading dramatic societies in Delhi. His role in the award-winning Ismail Merchant film “Shakespeare Wala” was memorable. In spite of a very busy schedule he still had time to write and he was working on a book for children on Buddhism, when he was called by the Creator. Rev Tytler brought concern and love in concrete form of education for children. To him, education was the happy medium by which he could show them and in turn receive affection from his children. But this love was not for the children only. His staff of dedicated workers and teachers loved him because of the love and faith he had in them. The late Dr Zakir Hussain, the President of India at that time, was impressed and appreciative of the energy and dedication and concern that Rev Tytler had for the needy and troubled. He had watched him doing social work in Hyderabad and was extremely happy with his dynamism. Beside being a great educationist, Rev Tytler was one of the foremost citizens of Delhi, taking part in every useful and cultural sphere of activity in the city. His familiar father-figure is no more physically with us but his guiding spirit abides in the school for he, like the motto of our school. HE CONQUERS WHO CONQUERS HIMSELF, had conquered himself and therefore became a man in a million and ascetic. His school is an eloquent legacy of his love.