Welcome to the Virtual Gaytonian. This is the website for all Old Gaytonians - former pupils and staff of Harrow County School for Boys (Middlesex, England), Gayton High School, and, as the school is now known, Harrow High School.
Gaytonians and those with information or publishable reminiscences are welcome to contact me. If you've been here before, there are lots of new items and over 1,000 photographs. I'll keep adding material, so come and visit again. Remember to sign the guest book/message board. There is more to read below. Bookmark this page!
Remember to join the Old Gaytonians Association!
Jeff Maynard (HCS 1962-69)
Some major pages: Music and Drama Combined Cadet Force 4th Harrow Scouts Cricket Form Lists 1911 - 1950
Click to read about the opening ceremony and the first 75 boys in 1911
Download Stephen Frost's paper on Ernest Young, the First Headmaster
Gaytonians in the news:
2013 New Years Honours:
Cricketer Mark Ramprakash has been awarded an MBE
Music industry executive David Munns has been awarded an OBE
2013 Queen's Birthday Honours:
Dave Gordon (HCS 1962-68) has been awarded the OBE for services to Broadcasting and the London 2012 Olympic Games
Here is a link to the website with photographs of the OGA Centenary Dinner on 30 March 2012 taken by Tim Hodges:
www.timhodges.co.uk/ogadinner2012 An 8 x 6 photograph can be can be purchased for £10.
Also - this website celebrated its 13th anniversary in September 2013!
Following the broadcast on 7th November 2008 of the BBC programme “Michael Portillo, Death of a School Friend”, Gary Findon’s family and friends have recorded a CD of his compositions for piano, flute and clarinet. It includes performances by Gary himself. All proceeds go directly to the charity Papyrus. www.papyrus.org.uk Visit: www.myspace.com/garyfindon or www.andyfindon.com to hear samples and buy.
Click for photographs of Past Reunions
Sadly, Clive Pigram died on December 26th, 2012. He attended Harrow County from 1950 to 1957 and was a Vice-President of the Old Gaytonians Association. Clive's funeral is to be held on Tuesday, 8th January at 1.00 pm at St.Martins Church, Eastcote Road, Ruislip, HA4 8DG.
Click to read obituary by OGA Chairman Geoff Spring
Click for photo
Old Gaytonians Association:
About the Old Gaytonians Association Officers and Contacts 300 Club Rugby Old Gayts Golf Society Harrow Athletics Club Join the Old Gaytonians Association
Gaytonian Centenary Celebrations
Gaytonians in the news:
Congratulations to our Harrow High School Basketball Team 2011-2012 (click to see the team in action)
a two part programme: ‘Grammar School – A Secret History’.
Programme One aired on Thursday 5th January 2012 at 9pm on BBC4
Programme Two aired on Thursday 12th January 2012 at 9pm on BBC4
In this two part series we heard from ex grammar school pupils and a cast of some of Britain’s most well-known and well-loved household names, all from humble working class or lower middle class backgrounds, many of whom passionately believe they owe much of their success in life to their grammar school education. They included Michael Portillo. Alex Bateman (our Old Gaytonians Association Archivist) helped the producers and supplied some footage from "Makers of Men".
Congratulations to Carl Jackson, Organist of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, who was awarded the MVO in the 2012 New Years Honours List.
Chris Finill (HCS 1970-77) has just finished his 2011 3,000 mile Run Across America, raising money for Help for Heroes. You can read about it on this website: http://www.runacrossamerica.co.uk.
"Top of the Class" BBC Radio programme with Michael Portillo and Mr. Kenneth Waller was broadcast on Tuesday July 19th, 2011 on radio four. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012l1y6
Queens Birthday Honours:
Sir Nigel Sheinwald KCMG has been promoted in the Order of St Michael and St George to GCMG
Richard Boyd, DL, FRSA., Chief Executive Officer, Disability Essex has been awarded the OBE for services to Essex.
Michael Portillo (HCS 1964-71) has a new television series - Great British Railway Journeys
Chris Finill (HCS 1970-77) represented England in the Commonwealth Games Ultra-Distance Championships in September 2009. On 18/19 October 2008, he ran 151 miles 248 yards in a 24 hour track race in London - the furthest run by an Englishman in 24 hours for 19 years and the furthest by a GB athlete for 8 years. Chris was the first runner to test the Marathon course for the 2012 Olympics - click for article in the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-1392387/LONDON-2012-OLYMPICS-Olympic-marathon-dry-run-goes-hitch.html
Old Gaytonian and Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse has been elected the new President of the Royal Society.
New book - No. 617 Dambusters Squadron by Alex Bateman (Editor of the Old Gaytonian Magazine and OGA Archivist).
New Book - Lancaster, the Biography by Brian Milton (HCS 1958-61).
Martin Cheeseman (HCS 1962-69) was awarded the OBE in June 2009. He is Director of Housing and Community Care at the London Borough of Brent.
Bob Garrett (HCS 1954-62) has been appointed Chairman of the Unit for Corporate Governance in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is also due to become Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.
The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Nobel Prize winning Gaytonian Sir Paul Nurse.
Dr. David Zideman, Honorary Physician (Civilian) to the Queen, has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the June 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours.
John Nickolay (1946-51) became Mayor of Harrow on May 8th, 2008. He is the first Old Gaytonian to be Mayor of Harrow since Sir Horace Cutler in 1959.
Brian Crowe (1951-59) has become Mayor of Hillingdon.
Mark Ramprakash (1982-86) has become the first man in county cricket history to average over 100 in two consecutive seasons.
Sir Nigel Sheinwald KCMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States of America.
Click for Gaytonians who have been Parliamentary Candidates
Click for archived news and obituaries
Register of former pupils
Harrow High - Bricks Appeal
(This was the reincarnation of the Pavillion Fund! Every Old Gaytonian was invited to BUY A BRICK in the new Sports Hall wall. In return for a donation of £25, a plate bearing your name will be on a brick for all time.) Click for Photograph.
From the 1967 Gaytonian:
Spare a thought for the long
suffering English teacher trying to cope with long
legged boys in mud
spattered shorts and short long
haired aesthetes dabbling ideas in un
rhymed verse entirely de
void of hy
JAGO. (J. S. Golland) (reproduced here by permission of the author)
Editorial New additions to this site
1911 The first issue of Gaytonian - Why we are Gaytonians Historical Notes
Staff 1932 Staff 1955 Staff 1958 Staff 1960 Staff 1963 Staff 1967 Staff 1974 Staff 1986
Staff Changes 1947
Former Staff Members, January 2001 Harry Mees, March 2001
Some Gaytonians Staff Members
Photographs - an interesting and growing collection Still images from "Makers of Men" - 1960s
Music and Drama Combined Cadet Force 4th Harrow Scouts Cricket
Form Lists 1911 - 1950
School Trophies The School Badge
Wait under the clock! (The story of the school clock)
The War Memorial Harrow County School War Dead
John Boothman, the Boothman Window and the Schneider Trophy
Rev. Randall Williams remembers the War Years
The School Organ
1920-26 - reminiscences of Ken Grimes
1920-54 - reminiscences of Mr. H. W. Brister
1925-30 - reminiscences of Denis Higham
1930-34 - reminiscences of Eric Sillick
1934-39 - reminiscences of Monty Maizels
1935-40 - reminiscences of Albert Dunkley
1936-41 - reminiscences of Victor Dobb
1938-60 - reminiscences of Paul Oliver
1938-44 - Memories of Harrow County by Bernard Wood
1939-44 - reminiscences of Bernard Gillespie
1939-45 - Memories of My Time at Harrow County by Ronald Cornish
The 1940s - reminiscences of Brian Hester
1940-47 - memories of the School Swimming Pool by Brian Hester
1940-47 - memories of Phillip Arnold
1940-47 - reminiscences of Arthur Hilton
1940-45 - reminiscences of life in the D Forms by Jim Moore
1941-48 - reminiscences of Mike Smith
Out Of School Anti-heroes
1942-48 - reminiscences of Ian Johnson
1943-48 - reminiscences of Newton Richard Huntley Myers
1945- reminiscences of Bill Burchell
1946-51 - Dr. A. R. Simpson - Anecdotes by Phil Chesterman
1947-53 - Neither Worth nor Birth, and an Uphill Battle! - by Graeme Young
1948-53 - The Goliaths Who Taught Us - reminiscences of Bill Walker about the staff - in verse
1948-55 - reminiscences of Gerry Freed
1948-56 - reminiscences of Colin Mynott
Memories of HCS by Jim Golland (1954-75)
"Happy Memories" by Don McEwen (1956-83)
1952-58 - reminiscences of Graham Haigh
1952-58 - reminiscences of John Runnicles
1952-59 - reminiscences of Martin Cutter
1953-60 - reminiscences of Richard Watson
1956-63 - a memoir by Paul Romney
1956-60 - reminiscences of Brian Slater
Reminiscences of Peter Fowler:
Rough Boys in B5 - 1960 Beautiful Delilah and the Damned, B8, 1961 Now and Then
1959-65 - Dr. A. R. Simpson - a Personal View by Richard Buckley
1947-53 - Dr. A. R. Simpson - a Different Personal View by Colin Dickins
1947-52 - Yet Another View of Dr. Simpson & Harrow County by Richard Mogg
1958-63 - Life under the Doctor by Peter Ward (a pdf file)
1959-66 - Yet another memory of HCS by Ken Elvy
1959-67 - reminiscences of Robert Bogin
1959-67 - reminiscences of Graham Leach
1960- - reminiscences of Paul (Bernie) Eustace
1961-67 - reminiscences of Jerry White
1961-76 - A Teddy Hall Fifteen by Jim Golland
1963-70 - reminiscences of Alan Kershaw
1963-70 - reminiscences of Alan (Tass) Taylor
The 1964 Mock Election by Richard Buckley
1965-72 - reminiscences of Michael Schwartz
1965-73 - reminiscences of Dave Hantman
1966-72 - reminiscences of Peter "Mini" Vincent
1966-73 - reminiscences of Paul Danon
The 1966 Mock Election and Other Stories by Edward Kerr
1968 - Letter to the Editor of the Gaytonian by Jeff Maynard
1967-72 - recollections of Jon Grunewald
1971-76 - reminiscences of Neil Forbes
1977-81 - memories of Gayton High by Paul Hymas
1979-84 - reminiscences of Alex Bateman at Gayton High
School Prize 1913 School Gossip, October 1913 Debating Society 1914 1915 Schoolcap Ernest Young sends a postcard 1915 George Thorn sends a postcard 1919 School Prize 1924
Empire Day 1921 Speech day 1922 with Viscount Gladstone School Gossip, January 1925 Railways and Airways Club 1927 Television 1930
Form Vd 1933-34
Who's Who in the School (Prefects & Captains etc.): 1922-23 1923-24 1928-29 1930-31 1932-33 1933-34 1935-36 1936-37 1937-38 1938-39 1939-40 1940-41 1942-43 1943-44 1945-46 1946-47 1950-51 1951-52 1952-53 1953-54 1954-55 1955-56 1956-57 1958-59 1959-60 1960-61 1961-62 1962-63 1963-64 1969-70
Speech Day 1936 wth George Lansbury, M.P.
School Fete 1938 Digging Trenches 1938
School Gossip, April 1943 School Gossip, July 1945
House Entertainments 1944 House Entertainments 1946
The Law Society and the CCF, 1946-66, by Hugh Skillen
School Gossip, February 1946 School Gossip July 1946 Gaytonian December 1946 School Sports 1946
School Gossip, March 1947 School Gossip, December 1947 Travel Club 1947
Speech Day 1948 - Dr. Simpson's Report French Exchange Visit 1948
School Gossip, March 1950
Sports Day 1951
Gaytonian 1952 Gaytonian 1954 Gaytonian 1956
The Railways and Airways Society, 1954
Dr. Simpson's Caning Book - 1950s
Gayton Times 1958 Gayton Fair 1958
Form 4A 1959 - class list
Randall Williams gives a book to the School Library 1960
1960/61 Sixth Formers - in October 2002 Mathematical Pie 1960
Radio Programme about Harrow County and Oxbridge Results 1960
Speech Day 1961
Our Ford Van - 1962
Power with Pain - a traditional lecture - by Bob Garratt, 1963
Philosophical and Debating Society 1963
Form 1A 1963 Form 2A 1964 Form 3A 1965
Merit Awards, July 1964
Sixth Form Society 1964
School Uniform Regulations 1965
School trip to Ireland with Arthur Haley 1965
Gayton Fair 1965
Enquiry (Harrow County Science Magazine) 1966
Gaytonian 1965 Gaytonian 1966 Gaytonian 1967 Timetable
Form 1K 1967 - class list Junior Prefecture 1967
Speech Day 1966 (prizewinners) Speech Day 1967 (prizewinners) Speech Day 1968
Enquiry (Harrow County Science Magazine) 1967 Enquiry 1969 Enquiry 1970
The Film Society 1968 The Slav Society 1968-69
1968 intake list
On to further education 1969...
D'Arcy Cricket - 1970
Doggett determination: the case for an alternative HCS cult-figure
Fourth and Fifth Form Class Lists 1970
1971 - One Man's Year by JSG
Oxford and Cambridge Successes, December 1971
Gaytonian 1972 Lady Teachers 1973
The year in brief (from Gaytonian) 1974
Scholarship Sixth Form List 1974
Staff List and School Calendar 1974-75
Gayton Boys in the news, 1982-83
Opening of the All-Weather Gayton Sports Surface, 1987
Stemma Enterprises - a Gayton High School project, 1998
French, Spanish and German Exchange Trips (1947-85)
Afro-American Music Society 1950 Anglo-American Music Society 1952
Afro-American Music Society 1954 Afro-American Music Society 1958
Afro-American Music Society 1960 Afro-American Music Society 1970
Athletics Sports Champion 1923 Athletics 1958 Boat Club 1949-50 Bridge Club 1969 Chess Club
Cricket 1944 Cricket 1950 Cricket Club 1969 Cricket Fixtures 1968 Cricket Fictures 1969 Cricket Fixtures 1970 Cricket Fixtures 1971 Cricket 1972-75
Cross Country Club Cross Country 1946-48 Cross Country 1981-82
Lawn Tennis 1948
Life Saving Awards
1926 1928 1935 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962
History of Harrow County Rugger 1921-1958 by Alec Amos
Old Gaytonians RFC card 1938-39 and 1939-40
Rugby Players 1946-47 Rugby Football Club 1963-64 Rugby Players 1966-67 Rugby 1975
Sports Day 1973 Sports Day 1974 Sports Day 1975
Prefects and Officers 1964-65 Prefects 1969-70 Imposition Slip Prefects Graffiti (big file)
Gayton High 1975-98
The School Archive
The New Wing 2000
Harrow High School Basketball 2011-12
Gaytonian Bookshelf Poetry Corner
Guestbook - add your comments here! Click to read the guestbook
The (Original) School Film Worth not Birth - The Film
Join the Old Gaytonians Association
Tail End Charlie
Harrow County School for Girls
Webmaster/editor of this virtual Gaytonian magazine: Jeffrey Maynard email@example.com
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