Lala Raghubir Singh, the founder of Modern School, was born in Delhi on 5th September 1895. His father, Sultan Singh, an enlightened and public spirited citizen had travelled the world and had close friends among other communities. Rai Bahadur Sultan Singh’s home in Kashmiri Gate was an open house for National leaders of the time.
Young Raghubir’s education was left in the hands of the highly educated Master Amir Chand and later an Englishman, W. Wenstanley Pearson, on the recommendation of Rev. C.F. Andrews, a professor at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. The atmosphere in which young Raghubir was raised was a blend of traditional Indian and modern European education. The greatest educationist however was his father, who at every occasion encouraged his son to think about issues concerning women’s education, the Independence of India and the role of enlightened Indians in the future of the country. It was in this environment that young Raghubir conceived an ambition to start a school on large and liberal lines, with fullest scope for development of physical, mental and spiritual faculties, that would prepare Indians to discharge their responsibilities in both the civil and military spheres of national life and fulfill the objective of providing leaders for a yet to be born nation.