Dagon-1, officially Basic Education High School No. 1, Dagon, is one of the best known public schools in Myanmar/Burma.


The school was founded in 1882 as Methodist Episcopal Girls School on Lewis Street (now Seik Kan Thar Street). In 1894, the school was moved to its current campus on the corner of Lancaster Road (now Nawadday Road) and Signal Pagoda Road, and was also renamed Methodist English Girls High School. The school consists primarily of a three-storied Victorian-era style building long and wide. At first, boys were accepted only in the elementary level (from Kindergarten to 3rd Grade). During the interwar period, boys were allowed from Kindergarten to 4th grade. 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 (General Certificate of Education) exam from the University of London.

In 1951, the number of students increased to 850 and the four-story Kindergarten building (113'×51') with 15 rooms was built in 1952 to accommodate the students. The school's name was Methodist English High School (MEHS). On April 14th, 1965, the institution became a public school and has been operated by the government ever since. In 1986, a new three-story building (90'×34') was built to correspond to the increased number of students. The school is currently running under the Department of Basic Education which is directly controlled by the Ministry of Education.

Former Principals

  • Mrs. Logie (1947-1965)
  • U Tun Tin (1965-1966)
  • U Aung Than(1966-1967)
  • Daw Tin Myint(1967-1983)
  • U Naing Aung(1983-1992)
  • Daw Than Swe(1992-1996)
  • U Kyaw Kyaw (1996-2007)
  • Dr. Aung Ko Ko (2007-present)

Notable Alumni


  • Kyaw Thu (Academy)
  • Soe Thu (Academy)
  • Ye Aung (Academy)
  • Dwe (Academy)
  • Thiha Tin Soe (Academy)
  • Min Maw Kun (Academy)
  • Phyo Ngwe Soe
  • Yaza Ne Win
  • Kaung Myat


  • Eindra kyaw zin (Academy)
  • May thinzar oo (Academy)
  • Yee Ywe Hnyun
  • Myo sandy kyaw
  • Nan Su Yati Soe
  • Pan Phyu (Academy)
  • Tint Tint Htun
  • Nan Dar Hlaing
  • Khin Than Nu
  • War War Win Shwe
  • May Than Nu
  • Thet Mon Myint
  • Wyne Su Khine Thein
  • Nay Chi Lin Le'






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