Day 1: The College opened, 2nd January, 1905.
Only 8 students registered, with 3 staff, Mr. W. Hargreaves, Mr. F.A. Vanrenen, and Mr. C.W. Rowlands.
Mr. Hargreaves, the first Headmaster, personally went around Kuala Kangsar to get enough enrollments for The Malay College to start.
Mr. Hargreaves went knocking at the doors of the palaces and chiefs’ houses to promote aggressively the Malay Residential School (as The Malay College was first known) for their children. The school, built in Kuala Kangsar was different then the already established Hogan School (later called Clifford School) about eight years earlier, which were open for all races. But this new school is for the Rajas’ and Chiefs’ sons, irrespective of age.
Hargreaves took advantage of the entry requirement that was silent on the “age limit”. Early student’s age varies from 8 to 33 years old. It was said that there was a student of genteel birth who was 33 years old on his first day in College. He already completed Standard 7 at King Edward VII and was also already working them. Some of the students have much more impressive moustaches than the Masters!
By March 1905, there were 63 students.