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Campbell College is a Voluntary Grammar school in Belfast
Belfast
Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. By population, it is the 14th biggest city in the United Kingdom and second biggest on the island of Ireland . It is the seat of the devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly...

, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...

. The College educates boys from ages 11–18. It is one of the eight Northern Irish schools represented on the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference is an association of the headmasters or headmistressess of 243 leading day and boarding independent schools in the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and the Republic of Ireland...

 and is a member of the Independent Schools Council
Independent Schools Council
The Independent Schools Council is a non-profit organisation that represents 1,234 schools in the United Kingdom's independent education sector...

.

The school occupies a 100 acre (0.404686 km²) estate in east Belfast, close to the Parliament Buildings
Parliament Buildings (Northern Ireland)
The Parliament Buildings, known as Stormont because of its location in the Stormont area of Belfast is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Northern Ireland Executive...

 at Stormont. All the school's facilities are located on this site, which also contains a small lake and forest named Netherleigh. Campbell's junior school - formerly located on an adjacent site and called Cabin Hill
Cabin Hill
Cabin Hill was a private primary school in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which closed in 2006. Its pupils transferred to the new preparatory department at Campbell College....

 - is now also located on the site. The school has the oldest Combined Cadet Force
Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance,...

 in Ireland, with over 400 cadets. The school has an international reputation and attracts boarders from Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China , the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour...

, Singapore
Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

 and Africa
Africa
Africa is the world's second largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area...

. Past pupils of the school are known as Old Campbellians and the school has an extensive past pupil organisation known as the Old Campbellian Society which has several branches across the United Kingdom as well as regular alumni reunions at the school itself.

History


It was founded in 1894 thanks to a bequest from Henry James Campbell, who had made his fortune in the linen trade. Initially the school was primarily a boarding school
Boarding school
A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live during the school year with their fellow students and possibly teachers and/or administrators. The word 'boarding' is used in the sense of "bed and board," i.e., lodging and meals...

 but it has, particularly since the 1970s, become primarily a day school and in 2009 had 879 pupils, only about 85 (10%) of whom were boarders. As a selective Independent school it admits pupils based on academic selection. Until 2006 pupils began at the school at age 11, but since the closure of the school's separate preparatory school, Cabin Hill
Cabin Hill
Cabin Hill was a private primary school in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which closed in 2006. Its pupils transferred to the new preparatory department at Campbell College....

, the school has accepted pupils from 4 into the newly built Junior School and both boys and girls into the school's Kindergarten located on the school's grounds.
The Latin motto of the school is "Ne Obliviscaris" (Do not forget).

In 1935 Jimmy Steele led an attempted Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army (1922–1969)
The original Irish Republican Army fought a guerrilla war against British rule in Ireland in the Irish War of Independence 1919–1921. Following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921, the IRA in the 26 counties that were to become the Irish Free State split between supporters and...

 raid on the school in an effort to secure the arms inside the College Officers' Training Corps. The RUC at Strandtown
Strandtown
Strandtown is a district of Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland.The author C.S. Lewis lived in the district as a child from 1905 to 1908, at a house called "Little Lea". He later moved to England and achieve fame with a wide range of fiction books, mostly notably The Chronicles of Narnia....

 were tipped off and the raid was unsuccessful. A gun battle took
place at the Gate Lodge on Hawthornden Road in which Constable Ian Hay received five gunshot wounds, but survived. In 1936 Steele and three other IRA members were captured, prosecuted and imprisoned in Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol
HMP Belfast, also known as Crumlin Road Gaol, is a former prison situated on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is the only Victorian era prison remaining in Northern Ireland and has been derelict since 1996...

.

During World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 the school was requisitioned by the War Office
War Office
The War Office was a department of the British Government, responsible for the administration of the British Army between the 17th century and 1964, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defence...

 as a hospital, with the pupils transferred to Portrush
Portrush
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the railway station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head, pointing north-northwest....

, north Antrim
County Antrim
County Antrim is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland. Adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 2,844 km², with a population of approximately 616,000...

. Campbell lost 134 former students in World War I
World War I
World War I , which was predominantly called the World War or the Great War from its occurrence until 1939, and the First World War or World War I thereafter, was a major war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918...

. There are separate memorials to the dead of both World Wars in the Central Hall.

Both of these events were experienced firsthand by Albert Maxwell, BEM
British Empire Medal
The Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service, usually known as the British Empire Medal , is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown...

, who worked for the school as groundsman and head porter for 64 years. Maxwell retired in 1993 but continued to live in the school's Grade B1 listed gate lodge until his death in 1997.

The author C.S. Lewis, who grew up nearby, attended the school for two months before he was withdrawn because of a serious respiratory illness and sent to Malvern (Cherbourg School), famous at the time for treating people with lung problems. The gas lamppost on the school drive is claimed to have been the inspiration for that mentioned in Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis. Published in 1950 and set circa 1940, it is the first-published book of The Chronicles of Narnia and is the best known book of the series. Although it was written and published first, it is second in the series'...

. However some sources state a lamppost in Crawfordsburn
Crawfordsburn
Crawfordsburn is a small picturesque village in County Down, Northern Ireland. The village, which is now effectively a commuter suburb, lies between Holywood and Bangor to the north of the A2 road, about 4 km west of Bangor town centre. Bounded to the north and north east by Crawfordsburn...

 Country Park was the inspiration.

Several Campbell students have been involved in filmmaking. These include William MacQuitty
William MacQuitty
William MacQuitty was a British film producer and also a writer and photographer. He is most noted for his production of the 1958 Rank Organisation / Pinewood Studios film, A Night to Remember, which recreates the story of the sinking of RMS Titanic, based on the book of the same name by Walter...

 (A Night to Remember
A Night to Remember (film)
A Night to Remember is a 1958 docudrama film adaptation of Walter Lord's book of the same name, recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. It was adapted by Eric Ambler, directed by Roy Ward Baker, and filmed in the United Kingdom...

), Andrew Eaton
Andrew Eaton
Andrew Eaton is a film producer and the recipient of several awards including the British Independent Film Award Producer of the Year 2000. He was educated at Campbell College, Belfast and Churchill College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA in 1982. His film, In This World won the 2004 BAFTA Award...

 (Resurrection Man
Resurrection Man
The Resurrection Man is a fictional character, a superhero whose adventures were published by DC Comics from 1997 to 1999 in a serialized comic book of the same name, created by Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett and Jackson Guice...

), Nick Hamm (The Hole
The Hole (2001 film)
The Hole is a 2001 psychological thriller film directed by Nick Hamm, based on the novel After the Hole by Guy Burt.The film starred Thora Birch, whose headlining credit and highly-publicized seven-figure salary was attributed to her appearance in American Beauty...

), Dudi Appleton
Dudi Appleton
David Jeremy Nicholas Appleton is a journalist and film director. His mother is of Israeli origin and his father was to become Chief Crown Prosecutor of Northern Ireland....

 (The Most Fertile Man in Ireland) and Mark Huffam (Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American war film set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II. It was directed by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Robert Rodat. The film is notable for the intensity of its opening 27 minutes, which depicts the Omaha Beach assault of June 6, 1944....

). Composer David Catherwood
David Catherwood
David Catherwood is an Irish Composer and conductor, with both vocal and choral works currently in print.- Biography :David Catherwood was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1956 and joined the Salvation Army at the age of 7 through its Young People's work...

 is currently director of music at Campbell. A collection of Lepidoptera
Lepidoptera
Lepidoptera is a large order of insects that includes moths and butterflies . It is one of the most widespread and widely recognizable insect orders in the world, encompassing moths and the three superfamilies of butterflies, skipper butterflies, and moth-butterflies...

 by Thomas Workman
Thomas Workman
Thomas Workman was an Irish entomologist and arachnologist who travelled widely collecting butterflies and studying spiders. He is best known for his book Malaysian Spiders, published in 1896, in which he described several new species....

 is displayed in the school.

School Houses


Currently there are eight Houses for dayboys and one boarding House and these form the focus for participation across the curriculum. School houses are named after former masters and those of importance in the life of the school and play an integral part in everyday life in the school. The names of the current houses and their respective colours are:
  • Alden's (Dark Green)
  • Allison's (Light Green, formerly Brown)
  • Chase's (Orange)
  • Davis's (Yellow)
  • Dobbin's (Light Blue)
  • Price's (Dark Blue)
  • School House (Boarding House) (Black)
  • Yates's (Red)


In the past there have been other Houses:
  • Armour's (Grey)
  • Bowen's (Maroon)
  • Lytle's (Dark Green)
  • Netherleigh (Junior House) (Light Blue)
  • Norwood (Junior House) (Dark Green)
  • Ormiston (Junior House) (Dark Blue)
  • Tweskard (Junior House) (Maroon)


Each house is run by a 'House Master' who is in charge of managing the house, and overseeing the 'House Tutors' all of who have allocated year groups, of which they are responsible for. Each house has a designated student who is 'Head Of House', and they usually have a Deputy, however this is not always the case. The Head Of House, along with his deputy are 6th form students who have earned responsibility within the school, and it is common place for them to also be prefects, or so called "Peer Mentors". These two students organise house sporting, charity and dramatic events, among various other things.

Uniform


Much importance is placed upon the neatness of boys' appearance. School colours are black, white and green. The school uniform consists of black badged blazer, House tie (with colour representing house), black trousers, black shoes with an optional v-neck pullover.

Sport


The school has strong record in rugby
Rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

, having won the Ulster Schools Cup
Ulster Schools Cup
The Ulster Schools' Challenge Cup is an annual competition involving schools affiliated to the Ulster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union. The Schools' Cup has the distinction of being the world's second-oldest rugby competition, having been competed for every year since 1876...

 23 times and shared the cup four times. In 2011 Campbell beat RBAI at Ravenhill
Ravenhill Stadium
Ravenhill Stadium is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is used by Ulster Rugby. It has a normal capacity of 12,300 and is owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union.-History:The grounds were opened in the 1923/24 season...

.

The college's shooting team is regarded as one of the best in the UK, consistently performing well in all major U19 competitions. The school has extensive sports facilities including rugby and football pitches, two water based hockey pitches, 25 metre indoor shooting range, four tennis courts, squash courts,a fitness suite, and a swimming pool. The 2006 opening of the new synthetic hockey pitches was marked with an exhibition match between the gold-winning 1988 Summer Olympics
1988 Summer Olympics
The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, were an all international multi-sport events celebrated from September 17 to October 2, 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. They were the second summer Olympic Games to be held in Asia and the first since the 1964 Summer Olympics...

 Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 1988 Summer Olympics
The United Kingdom competed as Great Britain at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. 345 competitors, 219 men and 126 women, took part in 191 events in 22 sports...

 hockey team and the school's 1st XI, which ended 3-2 to the Olympic champions of old. The Campbellians Hockey Club
Campbellians Hockey Club
Campbellians Hockey Club was founded in 2006 and is a section of the Old Campbellian Society, Campbell College, Belmont, Belfast. It was admitted to the Ulster Senior League Section 2 for the start of the 2006-07 season. In 2010-11 season, the 1ST XI won promotion to Section 1.The club plays home...

 play at this venue.

Colours


A student can be awarded his "colours" as a tangible recognition of success achieved, dedication demonstrated and good example shown through the medium of any Campbell sport which participates in external/extramural competition, or through the College’s music and drama programme.

The Colours system is divided into two categories, that is, Major Colours and Club Colours:
  • The award of Major Colours permits the successful recipient to wear a green blazer with appropriate badge, a major colours tie and a green V-neck pullover.
  • Club Colours are denoted by a different pocket on the black school blazer, the pocket design reflecting the student’s preferred discipline.


As a general rule of thumb, Major Colours for sporting activities are gained by those who have successfully represented their senior team or age group team, in their respective sport throughout the season of the award, while demonstrating a high level of performance and an approach which is both dedicated and a fine example to their peers.

The award of Club Colours has two main functions. Firstly, the Colour acts as a reward given to senior boys who have not necessarily represented one of our first teams, been placed highly in individual sports competition or excelled in the areas of music or drama, but whose dedication and loyalty to the schools’s curriculum is unquestionable. Secondly, this Colour may be awarded to younger students as recognition of their success at what might be considered to be the developmental stage of their school career.

Students are nominated for Major and Club Colours by the member of staff in charge of the given activity to the Colours Committee. The Colours Committee comprises teaching staff whose interests within our total curriculum are wide and whose experience is considerable. Following due consideration and deliberation, decisions made by the Colours Committee are taken by its Chairman to the Headmaster for his agreement.

Notable Old Campbellians

See also Old Campbellians.
  • Dudi Appleton
    Dudi Appleton
    David Jeremy Nicholas Appleton is a journalist and film director. His mother is of Israeli origin and his father was to become Chief Crown Prosecutor of Northern Ireland....

    , director, screenwriter and journalist
  • Paul Bew
    Paul Bew
    Paul Anthony Elliott Bew, Baron Bew of Donegore is a Northern Irish historian. He has worked at Queen's University Belfast since 1979, and is currently Professor of Irish Politics, a position he has held since 1991.-Academic career:...

    , scholar and life peer
  • Derek Bell
    Derek Bell (musician)
    George Derek Fleetwood Bell, MBE was an Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer, best known for his accompaniment work on various instruments with The Chieftains....

    , harpist, late member of The Chieftains
  • Andrew Bree
    Andrew Bree
    Andrew Patrick Bree is a breaststroke swimmer from Helen's Bay, Co. Down Northern Ireland. He is a 2-time Irish Olympian, having swum at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics....

    , swimmer
  • Gordon Burns
    Gordon Burns (television)
    Gordon Burns is a Northern Irish-born British journalist and broadcaster who hosted Granada TV's popular game show The Krypton Factor for its original 18 year run...

    , journalist and television presenter
  • Sir Anthony Campbell
    Anthony Campbell (judge)
    Sir Anthony Campbell PC, is a former Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland .-Background:Campbell, the son of Harold Campbell CBE, attended Campbell College, Belfast and Queens' College, Cambridge...

    , retired judge
  • Ben Clarke, The Apprentice candidate in 2009
  • Sir John Collins
    John Collins (UK businessman)
    Sir John Collins is a British business executive and director for several corporations. He was born in Rhodesia and after attending Campbell College in Belfast, he graduated from the University of Reading in England in 1964 and received an honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde in...

    , businessman
  • Freeman Wills Crofts
    Freeman Wills Crofts
    Freeman Wills Crofts was an Irish mystery author, one of the 'Big Four' of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.-Birth and education:Crofts was born at 26 Waterloo Road, Dublin, Ireland...

    , author; was a member of the school's first class in 1894
  • George Currie
    George Currie
    George Boyle Hanna Currie MBE was a Northern Irish barrister and politician.Currie went to Campbell College, Belfast, followed by Trinity College, Dublin where he earned the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Laws...

    , British Member of Parliament
  • Eric Robertson Dodds
    Eric Robertson Dodds
    Eric Robertson Dodds was an Irish classical scholar. He signed all his publications E. R. Dodds.-Life:Dodds was born in Banbridge, County Down, the son of schoolteachers. His father Robert was from a Presbyterian family, and died of alcoholism when Dodds was seven. His mother Anne was of...

    , classical
    Classics
    Classics is the branch of the Humanities comprising the languages, literature, philosophy, history, art, archaeology and other culture of the ancient Mediterranean world ; especially Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome during Classical Antiquity Classics (sometimes encompassing Classical Studies or...

     scholar
  • William John English
    William John English
    William John English VC was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.-Details:...

    , Victoria Cross
    Victoria Cross
    The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories....

     recipient whose medal was bequeathed to the school
  • Thomas Henry Flewett
    Thomas Henry Flewett
    Dr Thomas Henry Flewett, MD, FRCPath, FRCP was a founder member of the Royal College of Pathologists and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1978...

    , virologist
  • Mike Gibson (rugby player)
  • John Irvine
    John Irvine (journalist)
    John Irvine is the principal ITV News overseas journalist. He is Northern Irish television news journalist. He is always the correspondent that ITV prefer to use....

    , award-winning ITV News
    ITV News
    ITV News is the branding of news programmes on the British television network ITV. Since 1955, ITV's news bulletins have been produced by Independent Television News . The channel's news coverage has won awards from the Royal Television Society, Emmy Awards and BAFTAs. Between 2004 and 2008, the...

     journalist
  • Charles Lawson
    Charles Lawson
    Charles Lawson is a Northern Irish film and television actor.-Early life and education:He was born Quintin Charles Devenish Lawson in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland,...

    , actor
  • Gary Lightbody
    Gary Lightbody
    Gary Lightbody is an Northern Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Snow Patrol.- Early life :...

    , vocalist and guitarist in Snow Patrol
    Snow Patrol
    Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Formed at the University of Dundee in 1994 as an indie rock band, the band is now based in Glasgow...

  • William MacQuitty
    William MacQuitty
    William MacQuitty was a British film producer and also a writer and photographer. He is most noted for his production of the 1958 Rank Organisation / Pinewood Studios film, A Night to Remember, which recreates the story of the sinking of RMS Titanic, based on the book of the same name by Walter...

    , film producer
  • James Godfrey MacManaway
    James Godfrey MacManaway
    James Godfrey MacManaway, MBE was a British Unionist politician and Church of Ireland cleric, notable for being disqualified as a Member of Parliament, owing to his status as a priest.-Early life:...

    , MP and Church of Ireland minister
  • Tim Martin, founder and current Chairman of JD Wetherspoon
    Wetherspoons
    J D Wetherspoon plc is a British pub chain based in Watford. Founded as a single pub in 1979 by Tim Martin, the company now owns 815 outlets. The chain champions cask ale, low prices, long opening hours, and no music. The company also operates the Lloyds No...

  • Sir John MacDermott, Baron MacDermott
    John MacDermott, Baron MacDermott
    John Clarke MacDermott, Baron MacDermott, MC PC was a Northern Irish politician and lawyer who was Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 1951 to 1971....

    , former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
    Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland
    The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is the head of the judiciary in Northern Ireland, presiding over the Courts of Northern Ireland. The present Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is Sir Declan Morgan...

  • Alan McFarland
    Alan McFarland
    Major Robert Alan McFarland, MLA was an Independent Unionist politician and MLA for North Down in Northern Ireland. He lost his Assembly seat in the 2011 election....

    , former British Army
    British Army
    The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It came into being with the unification of the Kingdom of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The new British Army incorporated Regiments that had already existed in England...

     officer and Ulster Unionist
    Ulster Unionist Party
    The Ulster Unionist Party – sometimes referred to as the Official Unionist Party or, in a historic sense, simply the Unionist Party – is the more moderate of the two main unionist political parties in Northern Ireland...

     politician
  • Sir Percy McElwaine
    Percy McElwaine
    Sir Percy Alexander McElwaine Kt, LL.D, KC was born on the 21st of September 1884 in Roscommon, Ireland.Educated at Campbell College, Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. Irish bar in 1908, Alberta bar in 1913. First World War temporary lieutenant in the Royal Irish Rifles. Coroner in Kenya. Kings...

    , barrister and Attorney General of Fiji
  • Colonel Sir Michael McCorkell
    Michael McCorkell
    Colonel Sir Michael McCorkell, KCVO, OBE, TD, JP, DL was an Northern Irish soldier and British public servant, emulating the high level of British public service of successive generations of the McCorkell family, being Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry for 25 years...

     - Northern Irish soldier
  • Alan McKibbin
    Alan McKibbin
    Colonel Alan John McKibbin, OBE, JP, DL was a Northern Irish company director and politician. After serving in the First World War, he later took charge of the Army Cadet Force in Northern Ireland, and also ran the family estate agency firm...

    , British Member of Parliament
  • John Morrow
    John Morrow (peace activist)
    Rev. Dr. John Morrow was a Presbyterian minister and peace activist in Northern Ireland. He was integral in the 1965 founding of the Corrymeela Community, a Christian group committed to promoting peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland...

    , peace activist
  • Jonny Quinn
    Jonny Quinn
    Jonathan Graham "Jonny" Quinn is a Northern Irish drummer, born in Bangor. He is best known as the drummer for alternative rock band Snow Patrol, and was previously a member of bands like The Mighty Fall, The New Brontes and Disraeli Gears. As drummer for Snow Patrol, he has played on all releases...

    , drummer in Snow Patrol
    Snow Patrol
    Snow Patrol are an alternative rock band from Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Formed at the University of Dundee in 1994 as an indie rock band, the band is now based in Glasgow...

  • Robert Shanks, former Chairman of the Commissioners of Irish Lights
    Commissioners of Irish Lights
    The Commissioners of Irish Lights is the body that serves as the lighthouse authority for Ireland plus its adjacent seas and islands...

     and commanding officer of HMS Caroline
    HMS Caroline (1914)
    HMS Caroline was a C-class light cruiser of the British Royal Navy. Caroline was launched and commissioned in 1914. At the time of her decommissioning in 2011 she was the second-oldest ship in Royal Navy service, after HMS Victory...

  • James Simmons, poet
  • Air Chief Marshal John Thomson, RAF officer
  • Lloyd Hall-Thompson
    Lloyd Hall-Thompson
    Robert Lloyd Hall-Thompson TD , known as Lloyd Hall-Thompson, was a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland.Born in Belfast, Hall-Thompson was the son of Samuel Hall-Thompson, and grandson of Rt. Hon. Robert Thompson MP. He studied at Campbell College in Belfast and joined the Ulster Unionist...

    , British Member of Parliament
  • Noel Thompson
    Noel Thompson
    Noel Thompson is a news journalist with BBC Northern Ireland. Thompson is currently the main male presenter of BBC Newsline and political series Hearts and Minds.-Journalism career:...

    , BBC
    BBC Northern Ireland
    BBC Northern Ireland is the main public service broadcaster in Northern Ireland.The organisation is one of the three national regions of the BBC, together with BBC Scotland and BBC Wales. Based at Broadcasting House, Belfast, it provides television, radio, online and interactive television content...

     journalist
  • Chris Farrell, rugby union
    Rugby union
    Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

     footballer for Ulster
    Ulster
    Ulster is one of the four provinces of Ireland, located in the north of the island. In ancient Ireland, it was one of the fifths ruled by a "king of over-kings" . Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial...

     U18s, Ulster
    Ulster
    Ulster is one of the four provinces of Ireland, located in the north of the island. In ancient Ireland, it was one of the fifths ruled by a "king of over-kings" . Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial...

     U20s, Ulster
    Ulster
    Ulster is one of the four provinces of Ireland, located in the north of the island. In ancient Ireland, it was one of the fifths ruled by a "king of over-kings" . Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial...

     and Ireland
    Ireland
    Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

     U18s
  • Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith
    Jamie Smith , born circa 1965, in New York, is an Alaskan painter, printmaker, and cartoonist and creator of the strips "freeze-frame" and "Nuggets"....

    , rugby union
    Rugby union
    Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

     footballer for Ulster
    Ulster
    Ulster is one of the four provinces of Ireland, located in the north of the island. In ancient Ireland, it was one of the fifths ruled by a "king of over-kings" . Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial...

  • Hong-Wing Yeung, Businessman
  • Paddy Wallace
    Paddy Wallace
    Paddy Wallace is an Irish rugby union footballer from Belfast where he attended Rockport School and Campbell College. He plays for Ulster. He was a member of the Ireland U19 side that lifted the U19 World Cup in 1998...

    , rugby union
    Rugby union
    Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

     footballer for Ireland
    Ireland national rugby union team
    The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions The Ireland national rugby union...

  • Edmund De Wind
    Edmund De Wind
    Edmund De Wind, VC was a British Army officer during the First World War, and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award of the British Commonwealth for gallantry "in the face of the enemy"....

    , Victoria Cross
    Victoria Cross
    The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories....

     recipient

Headmasters

  • Henry Richard Parker, joint headmaster 1890-1896
  • James Adams McNeill, joint headmaster 1890-96, headmaster 1896-1907
  • Robert Arthur H MacFarland, 1907–1922
  • William Duff Gibbon. 1922-1943 MA
    Master of Arts (postgraduate)
    A Master of Arts from the Latin Magister Artium, is a type of Master's degree awarded by universities in many countries. The M.A. is usually contrasted with the M.S. or M.Sc. degrees...

     (Oxon), CBE
    Order of the British Empire
    The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom. The Order comprises five classes in civil and military divisions...

     DSO
    Distinguished Service Order
    The Distinguished Service Order is a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other parts of the British Commonwealth and Empire, awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat.Instituted on 6 September...

     MC
    Military Cross
    The Military Cross is the third-level military decoration awarded to officers and other ranks of the British Armed Forces; and formerly also to officers of other Commonwealth countries....

     TD
    Territorial Decoration
    The Territorial Decoration was a medal of the United Kingdom awarded for long service in the Territorial Force and its successor, the Territorial Army...

     LLD. Educated at Trinity College, Oxford
    Trinity College, Oxford
    The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in the University of Oxford, of the foundation of Sir Thomas Pope , or Trinity College for short, is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It stands on Broad Street, next door to Balliol College and Blackwells bookshop,...

    , Gibbon served as a Lieutenant-Colonel
    Lieutenant-Colonel (UK)
    Lieutenant colonel is a rank in the British Army and Royal Marines which is also used in many Commonwealth countries. The rank is superior to major, and subordinate to colonel...

     in the Worcestershire Regiment
    Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters
    The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army, part of the Prince of Wales' Division...

     during World War I. In World War II he was the Officer Commanding
    Officer Commanding
    The Officer Commanding is the commander of a sub-unit or minor unit , principally used in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. In other countries, the term Commanding Officer is applied to commanders of minor as well as major units.Normally an Officer Commanding is a company, squadron or battery...

     in the Army Cadet Force
    Army Cadet Force
    The Army Cadet Force is a British youth organisation that offers progressive training in a multitude of the subjects from military training to adventurous training and first aid, at the same time as promoting achievement, discipline, and good citizenship, to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 and 9...

    . 1922-1943
  • Ronald Groves
    Ronald Groves
    Ronald Groves MA BSc ; FRIC, was a noted educationalist and academic and was Master of Dulwich College from 1954 to 1966.-Early life:He was born the son of John Ackroyd and Annie Groves in Bradford...

    , 1943–1954
  • Francis John Granville Cook, 1954–1971
  • Robin Milne Morgan, MA
    Master of Arts (Scotland)
    A Master of Arts in Scotland can refer to an undergraduate academic degree in humanities and social sciences awarded by the ancient universities of Scotland – the University of St Andrews, the University of Glasgow, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh, while the University of...

     Hons (Aber
    University of Aberdeen
    The University of Aberdeen, an ancient university founded in 1495, in Aberdeen, Scotland, is a British university. It is the third oldest university in Scotland, and the fifth oldest in the United Kingdom and wider English-speaking world...

    ) BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    A Bachelor of Arts , from the Latin artium baccalaureus, is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, the sciences, or both...

     (Lond
    University of London
    -20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...

    ), 1971–1976
  • Brian William John Gregg Wilson MA, 1977–1987
  • Robert John Ivan Pollock, BSc MEd PhD CertEd CChem MRSC 1987 - 2005
  • James "Jay" Piggot, BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    A Bachelor of Arts , from the Latin artium baccalaureus, is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, the sciences, or both...

      MA
    Master of Arts (postgraduate)
    A Master of Arts from the Latin Magister Artium, is a type of Master's degree awarded by universities in many countries. The M.A. is usually contrasted with the M.S. or M.Sc. degrees...

    , 2005-2012

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