pictory:Footage Film of the last days of Class at Alborz High School (1961 / 1978)


pictory:Footage Film of the last days of Class at Alborz High School (1961 / 1978)
by Darius Kadivar

Rare Footage of Students at the prestigious Alborz School (former American College of Tehran) on their last days of school before the Summer Vacation. Go down the Memory lane with Class of 1961 and 1978. Enjoy ;0)

Graduating students of mathematics class of 1340 (1961) spending thier last days at Alborz:


Last days of Alborz class of 1978:

Alborz High School is a high school located in the heart of Tehran, Iran. It is named after the Alborz mountain range north of Tehran. 

The school was founded as an elementary school in 1873 by a group of American missionaries headed by James Bassett. This was in the 26th year of the reign of Nasereddin Shah Qajar, 22 years after Amir Kabir founded the Dar ul-Funun school in Tehran and 33 years before the Constitutional Revolution in Persia (as it was known back then; later it became "Iran" during Reza Shah Era).

When Dr. Samuel Jordan arrived in Persia in 1898, he made various changes and the school became a 12-year elementary and secondary school offering some college courses. The institution came to be known as the American College of Tehran.

Dr. Jordan was president of Alborz for 42 years (1899-1940). During this time Alborz grew from an elementary school to a famous and respected high school and college.

In 1932, the school received a permanent charter from the Board of Regents of the State University of New York.

In 1940 and during World War II, by the order of the Shah Reza Pahlavi, Alborz was taken from American management and was put under Iranian Ministry of Education during Reza Shah's modernization reforms. At this time the name was also changed form "College" to "Alborz", and was re-appointed as a high school.

In 1944, Professor Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, member of University of Tehran's faculty, was appointed as the president of Alborz and from that time until 1979 and continuing after the Iranian revolution, Alborz had the most successful period of its history.

In recent years Alborz continues to be one of the best schools of Iran, but by no means it is the undisputed number one in ranking that it used to be; and has fallen in ranking mostly due to the series of national schools for both boys and girls which absorb the highest academic achievers. Nevertheless, Alborz continues to be consistently ranked among the best schools of Iran.

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faramarz khan

by maziar 58 on

A correction to your...........remark.

I never attended Alborz But happened to have 2 of the relatives working there for almost 30 yrs and cousins from 7-12 grade who now reside in France and meeting few good friends through them that some lasting to present .

I attended summer school (taghviyati )1350-56 in kharazmi,jalinoos,hadaf,hasht roodi and still have 2 joozveh from tofighian 1356........ and they all were the BEST.

shad zee             Maziar


سين جيم


The questions were meant more as a memory test for those who attended Alborz in the 70’s. The use of the term “Real Alborzi” was ill-advised. My bad!

Here are more questions and the all the answers.

4. Who was Mr. Shah Varaghi and why did he always say “Tokhmeh sag, paas bedeh?”
5. Who was Mash Ghazanfar and did his son ever graduate from Alborz?
6. Who was the guy selling Tasnif in front of Alborz and how did he get so rich?
7. What was the most popular sandwich at Moby Dick next to Alborz?

Here are the answers.

1. Mr. Golbabai’s nickname was Golbaghaali.

2. Mr. Mousavi Makoui was Makou’s representative to Majlis and was in charge of the dormitories (Shabaaneh Roozi) at Alborz. Several hundred students from provinces stayed at the dormitories during the school year. Mr. Mousavi had big and chubby hands and was famous for his slaps. The food at the dormitory was awful and according to those who stayed there, several times a week, the leftovers would be mashed into something that looked like Kotlet. Kafoor which is like anti-Viagra was secretly added to the food to reduce the sexual desires of several hundred teenage boys!

3. Mohandes Sarkhosh was the most popular literature teacher and a poet and was an agricultural engineer by education.

4. Mr. Shah Varghi was the gym teacher and the soccer coach and that’s how he motivated the players!

5. Mash Ghazanfar was our doorman. His son repeated the 9th grade many times! Nobody knows if he ever graduated.

6. The short guy who was selling Tasnif in front of Alborz was a beggar who would charge 1 toman to pray for you during the final exams. The rumor had it that he was a millionaire!

7. Sosis sandwich with ketchup was the most popular item at Moby Dick during the lunch-hours.

Now you know!


Faramarz, this is silly! if one answers them correctly, we can

by obama on

take  notes, and claim that we are too? what's so big deal about alborzi anyway? I think, Khawrazmi was just as good if not better! What's wrong with ALLAMEH or NASSIRI?



by jamshid on

As though we didn't have enough of "The Real Iranians" political BS in this site, now you have come up with even a worst "The Real Alborzi" shmack!

My uncle who is 70 years old is visiting me and I showed him this blog and the first video (class of 41, which was closer to his times.) He happened to read your questions and couldn't answer any of them. However, he attended Alborz for a full seven years, and later he even taught at Alborz!

So is he a real Alborzi or not?!

Now you answer some "Real Alborzi" questions of mine:

1. What percentage of Alborz students passed the concour? (The number was well known among Alborzis, unless you didn't attend the sheshom grade.)

2. Why didn't Dr. Mojtahedi expel the student named Ghobaad, despite him having failed (rofoozeh) three times, which was impossible in Alborz? And who was this Ghobaad?

3. How many times did Alborz's soccer team beat or lost to Reza Pahlavis's team?

4. What did Dr. Mojtahedi told an Arteshbod who wanted to force Mojtahedi to enroll his son, despite his son not meeting the school's criteria? What happened that day in his office?

5. Besides his own name and reputation, what was the one method that Dr. Mojtahedi used in order to draw the best teachers (sometimes university professors, sometimes retired teachers) to Alborz?

Another Alborzi could come up with five questions of his own, and yet another Alborzi could do the same. But the bottom line is that in order to be a real Alborzi, one need to meet only two criteria:

1. He attended the full seven grades of high school in Alborz.

2. His entire seven years of studies in Alborz was under Dr. Mojtahedi's tenure.

You can check the above definition with any "real" Alborzi, and they they'll tell you the same!



by KouroshS on


I am not crazy nor am i hallucinating. You could not possibly be saying that a school with 3000 students had two nazems now can you? Let me describe him to you. He was very tall, with a little Gilaki accent and had short white hair.  The building that housed All rahnamie classes was on the western part of the campus, a little to the left of the main soccer field, with another smaller sized playground right in front of it. There were actually two building side-by-side.



The Real Alborzis Please Step Forward

by Faramarz on


It appears that there are people on this thread that pretend to be Alborzi, but they may or may not be! So here is a test to prove that you are a true Alborzi!

1. What was Mr. Golbabaii’s nickname?
2. What was Mr. Mousavi’s official job in the government under the Shah, and what did he have to do with Kotlet and Kafoor?
3. What was Mohandes Sarkhosh’s field of study and what did he teach?

Ok, here is a start. Please post your answers.

I ask Maziar to hold back for a while since he seems to be a genuine Alborzi!


Alborz high school

by khosravik on

Oh my God,...... class of 4 0f 10

that was my class in the last film. I am the guy with the hat on. dancing at the end of the film. I have lost track of all those guys. that was the best and the worst of times. shahrokh, hadi, abdolahi, sina, homayoniah, majdi, shahin,maysami,(azdevaj khanevadegi was another guy who was some how khol that is why we called him that name. an many more that i have forgotten their names. farhad, some 4 years ago there was an alborz graduate reunion, and i got to see homayoniah who was very religous person those days, now has a medical store in pahlavi ave. I saw majdi who is now cardialogist and works in tehran, I also saw shahin who is ortopeadist. these are the guys i saw that day. reza who is a dentist and has become hezbolahi. you guys of that class i will be very happy to talk to you if email me at  khosravik@yahoo.com. may alboz stay the same eventhough, they did everything to kill that spirit.

No Fear


by No Fear on

First of all, that picture with a bunch of boys and girls in it is not from Alborz school. The wall behind those people doesn't resembles any wall from Alborze school.

Secondly, Post revolution nazems for Alborze were Khalili ( Rahnamaie) and Panahi ( Nazari ).

Panahi was an interesting character. I think he had black belt in karate and he was very intimidating with his high kicks which flew over your heads. He also had some of the fastest face slaps that i have ever witnessed. i saw him slapping a poor kid on both his cheeks so fast ( I think 2 on each sides under a second!) that the kid felt dizzy afterwards. LOL

I think when i was a student there, Alborze had close to 3000 students.



by KouroshS on

I guess so far i am the only one in the "post-anghollab" generation to have attented Alborz. That was my first year of Rahnamai. What a wonderful school. I met some great people and made friendships that lasted a long time. This was , I think one or two years following the revolution. There were 18 classes dedicated to freshmen crowd, all identified with a particular color, which was very unique. I can't remember who the chief admin. was, but i do seem to recall a mr. Hashemi az one of the nazems.

Good ol' times.

gitdoun ver.2.0

1961 footage

by gitdoun ver.2.0 on

The 1961 video reminded me of my father's family album of his school days and i swear the fashion/clothing were very similar ! Black docker pants, belt, and a short sleeve shirt. Watching the video i realized decades and generation gap are meaningless. Those guys in 1961 were wrestling with their friends, had the same headaches for exams, same heartbreaks over girls, and the same dreams of a bright future as i and many of my classmates share today. But then i realized these poor guys who looked so happy in the video had no idea what fate had in store for them. Some of them may have been killed during the revolution, others killed during the war, and those who survived are now my father's age with families of their own living in iran or abroad.  --it's all very surreal 


Darius K.

by jamshid on

As another commentator said, Alborz was always a boy-only high school. Those girls in the photo must have been friends or relatives who were just passing by.

Prince: You can make a fortune from an original sadeh naameh! I left my copy with my brother who also attended Alborz. There is a large color photo of almost the entire faculty in that book, with all the teachers. I hope you do take care of it, as most people have lost their copies, and there are not many left out there!

Does any Alborzi remember Mojtahedi's black book? It is said that in formal or official gatherings of those times, when Dr. Mojtahedi would meet a fellow who told him he attended Alborz, say some 20 years in the past, Mojtahedi would ask for the fellow's name, then he would pull a black book out of his coat's inner pocket, find his name and completely describe the kind of student that the guy was while he was attending Alborz. God bless his soul.

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

sargord you mean the american school in saltanat abad not alborz in shah reza........

mr.saunders was probably your school mate (1975-1979) if it was during that time.           Maziar

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

faramarz khan how about a fatehe for the gones?

also both of them (Mr.Arz peyma & Dr. Mojtahedi) were from Lahijan and not Rashti  FYI

and also : choob-e oostad beh ze mehre pedar. shad zee  Maziar

No Fear

Brought back memories ..

by No Fear on

I went to Alborz school. It took me one hour every day just to get to school on the bus and an hour to get back.

In the first picture, that building was the high school building which the morning exercise were held in the yard in front of it. Alborz had a few more buildings which i had classes in almost all of them.

Anyone here from Alborz?


Sargord, I hope you are not saying that you went to alborz too!

by obama on

Scary thought! LOL

My observation of the videos:

1. Students are very happy and healthy. I didn't see even one fat student.

2. The cultural difference - very happy without drinking and the girsl.

3. if there were no girls, then why were those girls on the first video?

4. DK, I thought you were from Shiraz. Then how did you end up in Alborz? Just curious.

Although I am from Tehran, I really don't know where Alborz is even though one of my brothers went there.

Mostly I have a lot of respect and admiration for your postings that require a lot of research, patience and commitment, even though I might not agree with you on some political issues. Keep up the great work Dariush! Tou are the proof that Alborz was a great school.

Sargord Pirouz

For a time, I went to

by Sargord Pirouz on

For a time, I went to Community School in Tehran (same general time period). We had girls from around the world in our school! (But the best ones were Persian.)


" Sadeh nameh "

by Prince on

Thanks for sharing, this brought again lots of memories for me.

BDW Jamshid, i have a copy of " sadeh nameh". its a thick book with lots of photos and name of teachers and stafe .


I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

most of these students were extremely bright.

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

it is sad that when they got to university, they were met with corrupt teachers who usually only had employment because of the sum or difference in separation degrees between them and the shah or farah. 


آقاى درز پيدا


Maziar Khan,

How can I ever forget Mr. Arz Peyma, aka Mr. Darz Peyda!

He once slapped me so hard that I can still hear the ring in my ear! And the irony is that on that particular occasion I was completely innocent!

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

Faramarz Khan you forgot Mr. Arz Peyma.....

merci DK por l'clip what a nice memory lane;Or leg !!.  (ALAKI FRENCH)    Maziar

Darius Kadivar

Thank You Faramarz Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

Very sweet story about Forouzan's legs ;0)

Thanks for sharing.



No Girls

by Faramarz on

Thank you Darius for the posting. I am sure that the Alborzi friends would enjoy seeing some of their favorite teachers (Ostaad) in the clip.

Alborz was always an all-male high school, including the faculty and the support staff. In the mid 70’s when the education system was changed to Doreh Raahnamai, there were a few female teachers. Dr. Mojtahedi had a famous saying about letting girls into Alborz. He used to say with that sweet Rashti accent, “If we allow girls in Alborz, then I have to build a maternity ward (Zaayeshgah) here!”

One of my best memories of Alborz was the day that Forouzan, the movie star came to Alborz because of a problem with her son. She sat in the 8th grade principal’s office with a short dress and her legs crossed. The entire 8th grade class of more than 500 students (11 classes) gathered outside the principal’s office and tried to get a glimpse of Forouzan’s beautiful legs! It was a riot.  

God bless Dr. Mojtahedi and may he rest in peace.

Darius Kadivar

jamshid Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

Your Welcome.

By the way was it just an All Boy school or did you have girls too by the 70's ? The Kids look so happy and smart !

Nostalgie Quand Tu Nous Tiens ...



by jamshid on

Thanks a lot of this video. I was an Alborz student and the class of 1978 wasn't too far away from my class, so it was very nostalgic for me to watch this.

I so much wish that some of today's mass technologies were available back then, so we could have more memories retained in form of videos and photos of the naazem, dabir and students of those times. And unfortunately, the concept of yearbooks was not a common thing in those days.

The Alborz high school however does have a thick "sadeh naameh", which was published in the 100th aniversary of Alborz in the mid 70s. Many Alborz students would be willing to pay good money for a copy of that.