Rugby school

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Rugby school

The Rugby School is a coeducational , private boarding school in Rugby in the English county of Warwickshire . It is one of the most renowned and oldest public schools in the country. According to tradition, rugby is said to have originated here . Around 950 pupils between the ages of 11 and 18 are taught, around 800 of whom live in the boarding school.


Ex libris from Rugby School. From BEIC

Lawrence Sheriff, who had become wealthy as a purveyor to Queen Elizabeth I , founded the Rugby School in 1567. It was initially a free elementary school for boys from rugby and the neighboring village of Brownsover. In the second half of the 17th century, the rugby school began to develop into a boarding school with a high educational standard, but remained accessible to students from the area. 1823 to the school rugby have been justified when William Webb Ellis "of football in fine disregard for the rules" took during a game the ball in his hands, took off him behind the line and recorded a point.

The most famous principal of the school was Thomas Arnold from 1828 to 1842 . He turned the rugby school into a model school for British education. Arnold and his educational principles with the ideal of the "Christian gentleman" (whereby the sport and community games should not be neglected) became internationally known in 1857 through the book "Tom Brown's School Years" (Tom Brown's Schooldays ) by Thomas Hughes .

The school wanted to increase its importance as a training center for children of the upper class, but without affecting the foundation purpose of Lawrence Sherriff. For this reason, the Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School for children from the city of rugby was founded in 1878 . It is organizationally connected to the Rugby School and is financially supported by it. Girls have been admitted to rugby school since 1975.

Rugby School personalities

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Coordinates: 52 ° 22 ′ 4.7 "  N , 1 ° 15 ′ 36.1"  W.