A brief history of 35th school for boys,
dedicated to its 25-year anniversary
Forming a strong football team was always a big concern for the society of Georgia. The authorities always paid significant attention to it. Till 1945 the strongest team of the country was composed with self-taught players and the training system of future personnel did not exist. Therefore the teams did not have opportunity to develope. It was necessary to create a system, which would raise players according to modern standards. And the educational school was only way of doing it.
October 30, 1945 minister of education ordered the authorities to form football teams in schools for boys. According to that order the 35th football school for boys was created, which was an union of the two existing forms of education – secondary and sports schools. By this new form of upbringing Public Education Commission tried to show how effective it was to use children’s favourite sport in enhancing the education.
The admission of students and their involvment in football learning process was possible from 5th grade. The main objectives for students of lowest classes were learning the technical elements of football, physical training, developing speed, flexibility and resilience.
The new type of school created the new structure of management: the head of the 35th school was the director, which was working with head of education programs, manager, head of the military-physical training and football coach. The head of the military-physical training played a significant role due to the schools profile. He had to train the footballers phisically.
Below are noted names of the people who created and developed the school: the school director – Dimitri Shengelaia, the head of education programs – Shota Davitaia, the manager – Grigol Kalandadze, the head of the military-physical training – Shota Merkviladze, the leading teachers of the school: Ana Sokhadze, Elene Magalashvili, Tamara Chkhenkeli, Ekaterine Khelashvili, Dariko Ninidze, Eteri Maziashvili, Mikheil Meskhi, Nikoloz Chimakadze, Ivane Akhalkatsi, Ivane Metreveli, Budu Manjavidze, Toma Jakhua, Shalva Nadareishvili, Giorgi Javakhishvili, the doctor – Irakli Tomashvili, etc.
In different periods the school was managed by: Andro Turqia, Zurab Maisuradze, David Kipiani, Otar Shengelia, Rostom Alavidze, Archil Arveladze, Nikusha Kipiani, Gocha Avsajanishvili, Mikheil Chikviladze.
Since the establishment of the school at different times the head coaches were: A.I. Galperin, D.P. Tsomaia, N. I. Chkhartishvili, K. I. Jejelava, A.S. Kiknadze, M. P. Minaev, head coaches for the longest period of time were: Gaioz Jejelava and Archil Kinkadze. The teacher-coaches were: Varlam Shavdia, Otia Jordania, Aleqsandre Jibladze, Mikheil Berdzenishvili, Aleqsandre Gvarjaladze, Spartak Jejelava, Sergo Shudra, Vakhtang Ramishvili. At various periods following people have worked in the field of athletics: Aleqsandre Darsevich, Levan Datashvili, Giorgi Organezov and Vladimer Samsonadze.
From 1945 till 1955 the school won many championships as well as in Tbilisi so in the whole Georgia. The school also took part in championships between countries of Soviet Union. 8 championships were held between 1945 and 1955. The 35th school took honorable place in 7 of them. In 1950, 1951, and 1953 the football team of 35th school became champions. In years 1947, 1954 and 1955 the school became second best team in tournament. Only in year 1952 took the school third place.
The following students of 35th school have later played in national teams of Georgia and Soviet Union: Mikheil Meskhi, Zaur Kaloev, Shota Iamanidze, Murtaz Khurtsilava and Sergo Kotrikadze.
Well-deserved masters of sports of 35th school: Aliosha Kotrikadze, Avtandil Chkuaseli, Archil Kiladze, Tengiz Petriashvili, Guram Gomelauri, Eduard Toradze, Vasil Ivanov, Kavro Dolidze, Tengiz Aslamazov, Mose Davarashvili, Tite Siquashvili, Robert Kudashvili, Tengiz Gochaleishvili, Soslan Navrozashvili, Levan Jordania, Dodika Khindadze, Avtandil Kheladze, Vitali Gvimradze, Givi Lejava, Lavrenti Dzidziguri, Kakhi Asatiani, Manuchar and Gocha Machaidze, Vova Gucaevi, Ilo Rukhadze, Amiran Andguladze, Nukri Kakilashvili, Merab Jordania, Otar Korgalidze, Merab Ratiani, Grigol Tsaava, Dimitri Kudinovi, Gocha Aladashvili, Shota and Archil Arveladze, Gocha Jamarauli, Omar Tetradze, Mikheil Kavelashvili, Otar Khizaneishvili, Davit Siradze, Mikheil Bobokhidze, Jaba Tavberidze, Davit Odikadze, Giorgi Khidesheli, Davit Targamadze, Buba Daoshvili, Beqa Tugushi, Saba Lomia, Giorgi Sanaia, Aleqsandre Benashvili. Honored coaches of Georgia: Avtandil Vardiashvili, Aleqsandre Kotrikadze and Shalva Kakabadze.
Football coach/teachers: Zurab Baratashvili, O. Alavidze, G. Gomelauri, A. Kikabidze, B. Tabidze, J. Antadze, G. Akobashvili, D. Khundadze, M. Osiev, S. Adamov, U. Shevardnadze, A. Maisuradze, N. Chachua, A. Iobashvili, N. Bakhtadze, Sh. Kitia, D. Jejelava, G. Petriashvili, O. Otarashvili, O. Nanava, G. Tchelidze, A. Chichua, G. Patiashvili, Q. Gabashvili, G. Mumladze, E. Odikadze, T. Melashvili, G. Mamaladze, O. Kintsurashvili, A. Lejva, J. Lejva, T. Kublashvili, K. Khurtsidze, Sh. Bokutshava, K. Dolidze, M. Antidze, A. Iliadi.
Referee during Soviet Union: G. Akobashvili
Referees of republic: A. Vardiashvili, R. Gudadze, K. Sadzaglishvili, O. Jebashvili, O. Alavidze, M. Gvantseladze, A. Giorgobiani, K. Abazadze.
Chairmen of fitness and sports comittee: Otar Jebashvili of Rustavi and Zaal Baratashvili of Chiatura.
The players raised by school became members of leading teams of Georgia („Spartak“, „Dinamo“, „Lokomotivi“, „Ask“ – Tbilisi, „Torpedo“ -Kutaisi) the national team of Soviet Union and olympic team.
The educational system of 35th school, regardless of its football orientation is an example of excellent upbringing of the talented youth. The students of 35th school were successfull in following fields:
Geology – Dr. of Mineral sciences: Shota Adamia, Verni Alfaidze
Candidate of chemical sciences: Tamaz Lejava
Candidates of physical/mathematical sciences: Karlo Gordezia, Guram Qevanishvili, Dimitri Giunashvili, Guram Datuashvili.
Candidate of technical sciences: Tengiz Tchkonia
Candidate of economical sciences: Gia Firtskhalava
Candidate of agricultural sciences: Iuza Vasadze
The 35th school is proud to have raised talanted and honored georgian painter Merab Berdzenishvili.
It is very pleasant that several graduates of 35th school deserved trust of georgian government: The first secretary of Kaspi: Vladimer Odishvili and ship captain, recepient of the order of Lenin Aleqsandre Javakhishvili.
1980s and 1990s were recognized as tragic years in history of Georgia. The civil war in 1989 prevented the development of the country. Political, economical and social state of Georgia got worse. According to that less and less atention was paid to the 35th school. Day by day the school was losing support from government. The infrastucture was not developing. Only with its own financies and with the help of its students tried the school to maintain existing.
In 2005, the “Rose Revolution” had changed the situation even for worse. New government announced the 35th school of football to be just a public school. Due to that fact the school stopped serving the goal, which it had served from 1945.
Consequently it became neccessary to sustain the ideology of the school and find new ways to do that. Exactly then appeared the people, who were caring and supportive for young players. Therefore with the help of ex-director of 35th school and famous player Archil Arveladze a private investment was implemented and in 2008 35th football team was formed. The infrastructure and arenas were renewed. From 2008 till today new students arrive in school, which train by european standards with licensed coaches. Pre-championship preparatory meetings are held twice a year. The school teams participate in tournaments organised by georgian federation and in championships of Tbilisi’s football federation. They also take part in tournaments and championships outside of Georgia.