National High School has a very historic beginning closely tied with the Indian freedom movement. In order to spread the spirit of social freedom to all the corners of the country, Dr. Annie Besant (founder of Center for World Theosophy ) along with others, set up a number of “national” institutions. One such institution is National High School in Bangalore, started in 1917.

The National High School has been a host to several freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi who visited the school on a couple of occasions to propagate the spirit of a free India.

“Core Values of the National High School, apart from having a spirit of service and sacrifice are the ethical and spiritual values and a sense of dedication to National purposes. Character building for the youth is the AIM”.

Later, Dr. H. Narasimhaiah (HN), also a student of National High School, and a Principal of The National College, Basavanagudi, played a key role in the growth of these institutions. He later became the Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University and was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his self less service for betterment of education.

Today, National Education Society (NES), the parent body of National High School and National College, has a total of fourteen educational institutions, most of them serving the rural areas, around Bangalore. To this day, NES has refrained from accepting donations and their focus is to provide education to the needy sections of the society, a value imbibed from the Mahatma. This tradition is being continued to this day by Dr. A H Rama Rao, President of National Education Society, who encourages Udyam Trust in its activities.