Over 150 glorious years, Cottons has produced numerous notable figures who have gone on to revolutionize the world we live in today. Amongst a long list of names, eminent persons such as Nandan Nilekani, the chief architect of the Aadhar Card, Brijesh Patel, former Indian cricketer, Prabhu Ganeshan, sensational Tamil actor and producer, stand out.

The General Thimayya Memorial Lecture is an annual event at Cottons in honor of a sparkling alumnus, General Kodandera Subayya Thimayya, a Padma Bhushan awardee who served as the most successful Chief of Army Staff from 1957 to 1961. It recognizes the achievements of various old Cottonians in their contribution to society.