Heath Old Boys Association


1950 School photo

We have kindly been sent a copy of the 1950 School photo.

Obviously it is too big to be able to see the detail on anything other than a monstrous monitor. So we have added a version in PDF format to which we have begun to add the names of all those we can remember. If you can remember more of those who were present or correct any errors in our failing memories, please contact the Editor.

All the pupils and teachers of the school arranged in six rows with a row of boys cross-legged in front of the masters and prefects and the remainder in the rows behind
School photo 1950

Roger Crowther [Heath 1940–1951] has kindly sent us names of most of the masters and some of the boys in this photo. He writes:

I was in the Junior school from 1940 to 1943 when I joined the senior school. School certificate in 1948, Higher in 1950. In the Autumn term of 1950/51 Ralph Best became Head Boy, was awarded a Hastings Scholarship to Queen’s College Oxford and left school. I became Head Boy and was captain of the 1st XV which was unbeaten. I also captained the school chess team which played a lot of other schools, particularly those where we also played rugby. I spent much of the year studying Latin which was a must for Cambridge entry. Got a school certificate in Latin and was at St John’s College, Cambridge, from 1951–1954 following in the footsteps of Tony Earnshaw and David Wilson.1 Philip Horrocks-Taylor followed me to St John’s.

1 One person I have for ever failed to find out anything about was David Wilson. Called Dago at school, born about 1930, a member of the 2nd Halifax (Heath) Scouts. Anyone know of him?

View or download the PDF of the 1950 School photo with the names added so far.