Basic Education High School No. 1 Dagon, located a few miles north of downtown Yangon, is considered one of the best public high schools in Myanmar. Dagon 1 offers classes from kindergarten to Tenth Standard (recently renamed Grade 1 to Grade 11) to about 6600 students.Attended almost exclusively by the children of the wealthy, Dagon 1 has some of the best educational facilities available in a Burmese public school. The school routinely sends a disproportionate share of students to the country's most selective universities each year. Its most famous alumna is the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Many of the Burmese entertainment industry's top stars are Dagon 1 alumni. Dagon 1 in recent year has lost some of its appeal as a top school as ultra-wealthy parents now send their children to expensive English language medium "international" private schools.The school's main colonial era building is on the Yangon City Heritage List.HistoryThe school was founded in 1882 as Methodist Episcopal Girls School on Lewis Street . In 1894, the school was moved to its current campus on the corner of Lancaster Road and Signal Pagoda Road, and was also renamed Methodist English Girls High School. The school consisted primarily of a three-story Victorian-era style building 213ft long and 145ft wide. At first, boys were accepted only in the elementary level . During the interwar period, boys were allowed from K to 4. Just before World War II, the school had 55 students. The school was closed down for 6 years after World War II and later reopened in May, 1947. The principal, Mrs. Logie, repaired the school buildings that were destroyed during the war. At that time, the school began to prepare its students not only for the matriculation exam but also for the GCE exam from the University of London.
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