Harrow School

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Formation1572
FounderJohn Lyon of Preston
Type• Private school
• Boarding school
Staff(full-time)
One of the four boy's schools where the old British elite is raised.

Harrow School is an independent school for boys in Harrow, London, England. The school has an enrolment of 829 boys, all of whom board full-time, in twelve boarding houses.[1] It remains one of four all-boys, full-boarding schools in Britain, the others being Eton, Radley and Winchester[2].

It is one of the key institutions for the propagation of British establishment culture and cohesion, and the full list of notable Old Harrovians on Wikipedia is impressive.

History

The school was founded in 1572 by John Lyon under a Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I. Harrow is the fifth most expensive boarding school in the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.[3] Harrow's history, wealth and influence have made it one of the most prestigious schools in the world.[4][5][6][7]

Harrow's uniform includes morning suits, straw boater hats, top hats and walking sticks. Its alumni include eight former British or Indian Prime Ministers (including Peel, Palmerston, Baldwin, Churchill and Nehru), foreign politicians, former and current members of both houses of the UK Parliament, five kings and several other members of various royal families, three Nobel Prize winners, twenty Victoria Cross and one George Cross holders, Academy-Award and BAFTA winners and many prominent figures in the arts and sciences.

Fagging

The system of fagging had long been a part of Harrow School life, and remained embedded in its culture up until the 1990s. In his detailed history of the school, Tyerman recorded that in 1796 fagging was compulsory for boys up to the fourth form, and that 50 out of 139 boys were then fags.[8] He observed that in some situations fagging could either encourage or conceal sexual activity between boys, and that fagging began to decline at around the same time as homosexuality was eradicated as an acceptable part of the school environment.[8] In 1928, Harrow master, C.H.P.Mayo, said of fagging: "Those who hope to rule must first learn to obey...to learn to obey as a fag is part of the routine that is the essence of the English Public School system...the wonder of other countries".[8] The actor, Simon Williams described how, as a new pupil in 1959, he was required to fag for prefects who were four years his senior, involving such duties as spit and polishing his shoes, making his bed, serving tea, and even pre-warming the toilet seat for him.[9]


 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornDiedNationalitySummaryDescription
Allan Adair3 November 18974 August 1988
Alex Allan9 February 1951UKCivil servant
Leo Amery22 November 187316 September 1955UKPolitician
Deep state operative
UK historian and deep state operative
Stanley Baldwin3 August 186714 December 1947UKPolitician
Peter de la Billière29 April 1934Soldier
George Blake11 November 1922UKSpookA UK spy who passed a lot of documents to the USSR.
Robin Butler3 January 1938UK
Winston Churchill30 November 187424 January 1965Author
Soldier
Journalist
Politician
Historian
Artist
Walter Cunliffe3 December 18556 January 1920UKCentral banker
Archibald Gordon9 July 19137 September 1984UKAuthor
Broadcaster
One time Bilderberger, Scottish peer.
Charles Gore22 January 185317 January 1932UKClergyBishop of Oxford, a friend of Herbert Asquith
Jeremy Greenstock
Charles Guthrie17 November 1938Soldier
Charles Jocelyn Hambro3 October 18971963Spook
Banker
spooky UK banker. SOE head
George Hamilton-Gordon28 January 178414 December 1860PoliticianUK PM
Samuel Hoare24 February 18807 May 1959UKDiplomat
Spook
Politician
Eric Holt-Wilson26 August 187526 March 1950UKSpook
Soldier
Draft The Defence of the Realm Act in 1914, later head of MI5
Esmé Howard15 September 18631 August 1939Diplomat
Deep state actor
An integral member of the small group of men who made and implemented British foreign policy (the Milner group?)
Adlai Stevenson III10 October 1930USSoldier
Politician
Single Bilderberg son of Adlai Stevenson II
Keith Joseph17 January 191810 December 1994UKPoliticianEminence grise of Thatcherism. Founded the Centre for Policy Studies
Christopher Monckton14 February 1952UKPolitician
Walter Monckton17 January 18919 January 1965UK/Minister of Defence 1955-56
Simon Sebag Montefiore27 June 1965UKHistorian
Jawaharlal Nehru14 November 188927 May 1964Author
Politician
Lawyer
Nicky Oppenheimer8 June 1945Businessperson
Charles Rothschild9 May 187712 October 1923UKAcademic
Banker
Rothschild family
Edmund de Rothschild2 January 191617 January 2009UKFinancier
Evelyn de Rothschild29 August 1931UKFinancier
Rothschild family
Victor Rothschild31 October 191020 March 1990Spook
Banker
Cricketer
Henry John Temple20 October 178418 October 1865PoliticianA British politician who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century.
Mark Thatcher15 August 1953UKCriminal
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