ACCRINGTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL OLD BOYS

List of Former Students

Lou Portno commenting in the last issue of the Accringtonian...

Never let it be said that the Grammar School was interested  exclusively in the academically able. No boy at school was ever condemned, nor should be,because of a lack of ability, and this has always been the policy of successive headmasters & staff. A boy was never censured for inability, but only for unwillingness. It has always been recognised in the school that some boys can never do well in certain subjects, nor , occasionally in all of them. But as long as they give of their best and make every effort then they are given every encouragement and praise, and more often than not such boys will start to improve.

Furthermore, never,never let it be said that the Grammar School educates only the sons of the middle-classes, whatever the term may mean today. From my own knowledge of the home circumstances of many of my old pupils, this is patently untrue. Moreover,some years ago, long before the era of wage-packets of £60 to £100 a week, I had occasion to consult the School Entry Registers in order to discover the addresses of some old boys. Among the relevant information about each boy was an entry giving the occupation of the father. In the majority of cases these entries read monotonously  'labourer, labourer, cotton operative, caretaker, labourer etc'

Lou Portno, Deputy Headmaster

Reproduced with kind permission from 'An Accrington Mixture' by Bob Dobson [ISBN 1 872895 26 3] 

Freedom of Hyndburn for AGSOB Ron Hill MBE 

Photographs courtesy Les Rooks

The photograph (left) was taken in the Whitaker Arms, formerly the Cemetery Hotel, - (L-R) Ron Hill, Les Rooks, Barrie Yates, Jim Southcoptt, Gordon Pollocki, David Stark, Bob Dobson.
Accrington Grammar School Old Boy, Ron Hills' investiture as freeman of the Borough of Hyndburn took place on 10th July 2012. Ron was born in Accrington in September 1938. He attended Accrington Grammar School 1950 to 1957. Ron, academically gifted, was also a keen sportsman. He became a member of, and later captain of,
the school Cross Country Team. He later joined the Clayton Harriers in 1953 to pursue his passion for running.
He met his wife May in Accrington when he was 16-years-old before marrying five years later at Church Kirk in Church. The grandfather-of-one competed in a British vest in three Olympics and ran in two Olympic marathons in Tokyo 1964 and Munich 1972. He specialised in long distance events including the 10,000 metres and the marathon, winning nine gold medals at the 1969 European Championships and the Commonwealth Games in 1970. He also set a course record time at the 74th Boston Marathon in 1970 and the following year was awarded an MBE for services to athletics. In May 2012, the textile chemistry graduate was given the honour of unveiling a coat of arms in the Market Hall in honour of the Queen's visit. His career has also been celebrated with a large mural which is on display in the Accrington Market Hall.

 

 

 


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