Sri Shivalingappa R. Kanthi was one of the greatest visionaries to the upliftment of the women of the state. He was one of the very few that saw their dream take tangible shape in the founding of an excellent institution dedicated to the education and empowerment of women.
In the mid Sixties, he was Minister for Education for a short spell and Chief Minister of the State. He was painfully aware of the short sighted education of woman in the state and of the consequent lack of the short sighted education of women in state and of the consequent lack of the drive and patriotic zeal in them. Shortly after the 1965 Indo-Pak War, he visited the Northen States and was deeply impressed with the bravery and daring displayed by the women who had been through the shelling and bombing in border towns and villages.
He came back determined, to find a residential school exclusively for girls on the pattern of the sainik schools in the country so that some of the fire that seemed to have died with the gallant Ranis of Kittur and Jhansi was rekindled in Karnataka; and selected the location of the verdant green hills where Rani Channamma herself lived, reigned and fought the powerful British Army and its intriguing local allies. So here to kittur, he came and walked the hills around the fort till he finally selected the ridge on which this school now stands. Within a short period from the laying of the foundation, the school was declared open in 1969 by VKRV Rao, Union Minister for Education. With high potential the founder established this esteem institution.