Old Boys

The terms Old Boys and Old Girls are the usual expressions in use in the United Kingdom for former pupils or alumni of primary and secondary schools.[1] While these are traditionally associated with independent schools, they are also used for some schools in the state sector. The term is also used for those who attended New Zealand schools, Sri Lankan schools, a few universities in the UK and, to a lesser extent, schools in Australia, Canada and South Africa.

The Old Boy form is given a specific identification for each school. Some schools use an adjectival form of the school name, such as "Old Etonian", "Old Harrovian", or "Old Reptonian" (old boys of Eton College, Harrow School, and Repton School).[1] Some use a Latin form derived from the Latin name of the school or its location as "Old Novocastrian" (old boys of the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne). Some are based on the name of the founder, such as "Old Wykehamist" and "Old Alleynian" (for old boys of Winchester College, founded by William of Wykeham, and Dulwich College, founded by Edward Alleyn). Some are based on the school's location or street, such as "Old Gowers" (for University College School, originally in Gower Street). Many of the schools have histories dating back several hundred years, and the Old Boy forms may have been in use for a hundred years or more. Other more recently established schools have devised Old Boy names that are distinctive to prevent confusion with other schools. The tradition for many girls schools has been to use the term "Seniors" rather than "Old Girls".

Almost all of these schools have old boy associations that use the official name. Some schools have amalgamated or been renamed through various transformations, but they usually maintain a consistent name for their old boy associations. Many of these schools have teams that compete nationally in sports such as cricket, rugby union, soccer, field hockey and golf, and these teams are usually referred to by the standard Old Boy name, although some also have nicknames. In deference to this tradition, the standard "Old Boys" is often used for sporting clubs and used as part of many sporting associations and clubs worldwide. Examples include Argentine football club Newell's Old Boys, New Zealand rugby union club High School Old Boys RFC and Swiss football club BSC Old Boys.

List of schools and old boy associations

School Type Old Boys/Girls Derivation Location Notes
Abingdon School Old Abingdonians
Ackworth School Ackworth Old Scholars
Addey and Stanhope School Old Addeyans From the founder of the Addey School, John Addey London
Aldenham School Old Aldenhamians
Ampleforth College Old Amplefordians
Archbishop Tenison's Church of England High School, Croydon Old Tenisonians
Archbishop Tenison's Church of England School Old Tenisonians
Ardingly College Old Ardinians
Arnold School Old Arnoldians
Ashville College Old Ashvillians
Bablake School Old Wheatleyans From the school's main benefactor, Thomas Wheatley
Badminton School Old Badmintonians
Bancroft's School Old Bancroftians
Batley Grammar School Old Batelians
Bedales School Old Bedalians
Bedford Modern School Old Bedford Modernians
Bedford School Old Bedfordians
St Bede's College, Manchester Old Bedians
Bemrose School Old Bemrosians Closed 1989
Benenden School Benenden Seniors
Berkhamsted School Old Berkhamstedians
Birkdale School Old Birkdalians
Birkenhead School Old Birkonians
Bishop Gore School Old Goreans
Bishop's Stortford College Old Stortfordians
Bishop Wordsworth's School Old Wordsworthians
Bloxham School Old Bloxhamists
Blundell's School Old Blundellians
Bolton School Old Boltonians
Bootham School Bootham Old Scholars
Bradfield College Old Bradfieldians
Bradford Grammar School Old Bradfordians
Brentwood School (Essex) Old Brentwoods
Bridgnorth Endowed School Old Bridgnorthians
Brighton College Old Brightonians
Bristol Grammar School Old Bristolians
Bromsgrove School Old Bromsgrovians
Bruce Castle School Old Brucastrians Closed 1891
Bryanston School Old Bryanstonians
Bury Grammar School Old Clavians From the school motto Sanctas Clavis Hic Fores Aperit (c1570)
Campbell College Old Campbellians
Canford School Old Canfordians
Caterham School Old Caterhamians
Charterhouse School Old Carthusians
Chatham House Grammar School Old Ruymians
Cheadle Hulme School Old Waconians From the former name of Warehousemen and Clerks' Orphan Schools (WaCO)
Cheltenham College Old Cheltonians
Chigwell School Old Chigwellians
Christ College, Brecon Old Breconians
Christ's Hospital Christ's Hospital Old Blues
Churcher's College Old Churcherians
City of London School Old Citizens
City of Oxford School City of Oxford School Old Boys
Clifton College Old Cliftonians
Colchester Royal Grammar School Old Colcestrians
Colfe's School Old Colfeians
The College of Richard Collyer Old Collyerians
Cranleigh School Old Cranleighans
Culford School Old Culfordians
Dauntsey's School Old Dauntseians
Dean Close School Old Decanians
Denstone College Old Denstonians
Derby School Old Derbeians Closed 1989
Derby Grammar School Old Derbeians
Diss Grammar School Old Dysseans
Dollar Academy Old Academicals
Douai School Old Dowegians
Dover College Old Dovorians
Dover Grammar School for Boys Old Pharosians From Latin pharos, lighthouse, referring to the Roman lighthouses for which Dover was once famous.
Downe House School Downe House Seniors
Downside School Old Gregorians
Dragon School Old Dragons
Dulwich College Old Alleynians After the founder (1619) Edward Alleyn
Durham School Old Dunelmians
Eastbourne College Old Eastbournians
Edinburgh Academy Edinburgh Academical
Elizabeth College, Guernsey Old Elizabethans Guernsey
Ellesmere College Old Ellesmerians
Emanuel School Old Emanuels
Epsom College Old Epsomians
Eton College Old Etonians
Exeter School Old Exonians
Fairfield Grammar School Old Fairfieldians
Felsted School Old Felstedians
Fettes College Old Fettesians
Forest School (Walthamstow) Old Foresters
Framlingham College Old Framlinghamians
Frensham Heights School Old Frenshamians
Friars School, Bangor Old Dominicans Established on a Dominican Friary (1557)
Furness Academy Old Barrovians
Giggleswick School Old Giggleswickians
Glenalmond College Old Glenalmond
Godolphin and Latymer School Old Dolphins
Gordonstoun Old Gordonstounians
Gresham's School Old Greshamians
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School Old Haberdashers
Haileybury and Imperial Service College Old Haileyburians
Hampton School Old Hamptonians
Hanley Castle High School Old Hancastrians
The Harrodian School Old Harrodians
Harrow School Ind Old Harrovians
Harrow High School Comp Old Gaytonians After original site in Gayton Road
Headington School, Oxford Old Headingtonians
Hereford Cathedral School Old Herefordians
Highgate School Old Cholmeleians After founder Sir Roger Cholmeley
Hull Grammar School Hull Old Grammarians
Hulme Grammar School Oldham Hulmeians
Hurstpierpoint College Old Johnians
Hymers College Old Hymerians
Ilford County High School Old Parkonians From former name Park Higher Grade School
Ipswich School Old Ipswichians
John Roan School Old Roans
The Judd School Old Juddians
Kelly College Old Kelleians
Kendrick School Kendrick Old Girls
King's College, Taunton Old Aluredians
The King's School, Chester Old King's Scholars Chester
The King's School, Canterbury Old King's Scholars
King's School, Rochester Old Roffensians
The King's School, Worcester Old Vigornians
King's School, Bruton Old Brutonians
King Edward VI Aston Aston Old Edwardians
King Edward VI School (Bury St Edmunds) Old Burians
King Edward VI Grammar School (Chelmsford) Old Chelmsfordians
King Edward's School, Witley Old Witleians
King Henry VIII School, Coventry Old Coventrians
King George V College Old Georgians
Kingswood School Old Kingswoodians Bath
Lancaster Royal Grammar School Old Lancastrians
Lancing College Old Lancing
Langley School, Loddon Icenians
Latymer Upper School Old Latymerians
Lawrence Sheriff School Old Laurentians
Leicester Grammar School Old Leicestrians
Leighton Park School Old Leightonians
Leeds Grammar School Old Leodiensians
Liverpool College Old Lerpoolians
The Leys School Old Leysians
The Cathedral School, Llandaff Old Llandavians
Llandovery College Old Llandoverians
Lord Williams's School, Thame Old Tamensians Refers to Thame
Loretto School Old Lorettonians
Loughborough Grammar School Old Loughburians
Ludgrove School Old Ludgrovians
Lewis School, Pengam Old Ludovicans Ludovicus, the Latin version of the name 'Lewis'
Magdalen College School, Oxford Old Waynfletes After founder, William Waynflete
Maidstone Grammar School Old Maidstonians
Malvern School Old Malvernians
Manchester Grammar School Old Mancunians
Marlborough College Old Marlburians
Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby Old Crosbeians
Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood Old Merchant Taylors
Merchiston Castle School Merchistonians
Midhurst Grammar School Old Midhurstians
Millfield Old Millfieldians
Mill Hill School Old Millhillians
Monkton Combe School Old Monktonians
Mount Radford School Old Radfordians
North London Collegiate School Old North Londoners
Northampton School for Boys Old Northamptonians
Norwich School Old Norvicensians From Norvic, Latin name of Norwich
Nottingham High School Old Nottinghamians
Oakham School Old Oakhamians
Old Swinford Hospital Old Foleyans After founder, Thomas Foley
The Oratory School Old Oratorians
Oswestry School Old Oswestrians
Oundle School Old Oundelians
Pangbourne College Old Pangbournians
Pate's Grammar School Old Patesians
The Perse School Old Perseans
Peter Symonds College Old Symondians
Pocklington School Old Pocklingtonians
Portsmouth Grammar School Old Portmuthians
Portora Royal School Old Portorans
Princethorpe College Old Princethorpians
Queen's College, London Old Queens
Queen's College, Taunton Old Queenians
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn Old Blackburnians
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield Old Savilians After one of founders Thomas Saville (1591)
Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Old Elizabethans
Queenswood School Old Queenswoodians
Radley College Old Radleians
Ratcliffe College Old Ratcliffians
Ravenscroft School Old Ravens
Reading School Old Redingensians
Reed's School Old Reedonians
Reigate Grammar School Old Reigatians
Repton School Old Reptonians
Ripon Grammar School Old Riponians
Roedean School Old Roedeanians
Rossall School Old Rossallians
Royal Belfast Academical Institution Old Instonians
RGS Worcester Old Elizabethans Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I
Royal Grammar School, Guildford Old Guildfordians
Royal Grammar School, Newcastle Old Novocastrians From Novocastria, Latin name of Newcastle
Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe Old Wycombiensians
The Royal School, Armagh Old Armachians
Royal Wolverhampton School Old Royals
Rugby School Old Rugbeians
Ruthin School Old Ruthinians
Rutlish School Old Rutlishians
Rydal Penrhos Old Rydalians
Shrewsbury School Old Salopians From Salopia, the Latin for Shropshire
Seaford College Old Seafordians
Sedbergh School Old Sedberghians
Sevenoaks School Old Sennockians
Sherborne School Old Shirburnians
Sir George Monoux College Old Monovians
Sir John Deane's College, Northwich Old Wittonians From Witton, an ancient name for Northwich
Solihull School Old Silhillians
The Skinners' School Old Skinners
Slough Grammar School Old Paludians From Latin palus, a slough
St. Bees School Old St. Beghians
St Benedict's School Old Priorians From school's original name, Ealing Priory School
St. Clement Danes School Old Danes
St Columba's College, St Albans Old Columbans St Albans
St Dunstan's College Old Dunstonians
St Edward's School, Oxford Old St Edwards
St Faith's School Old Fidelians
St. George's School, Harpenden Old Georgians Harpenden
St Ignatius' College Old Ignatians
St John's School, Leatherhead Old Johnians Leatherhead
St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate Old Lawrentians
St Leonard's School St Leonards School Seniors
St Olave's Grammar School Old Olavians
St Paul's School, London Old Paulines
St Paul's Girls' School Old Paulinas
St Peter's School, York Old Peterites
St Swithun's School, Winchester Old Swithunites
Stamford School Old Stamfordians
Stowe School Old Stoics A pun on the name of "Stowe" and the philosophy of Stoicism
Stonyhurst College Old Stonyhursts
Stockport Grammar School Old Stopfordians
Strand School Old Strandians
Summer Fields School Old Summerfieldians
Sunningdale School Old Sunningdalians
Sutton Grammar School for Boys Old Suttonians
Sutton Valence School Old SV
Taunton School Old Tauntonians
Tonbridge School Old Tonbridgians
Trent College Old Tridents
Trinity School of John Whitgift Old Mid-Whitgiftians
Truro School Old Truronians
University College School Old Gowers After Gower Street, where it was located
Uppingham School Old Uppinghamians
Warminster School Old Verlucians William Camden's identification of the Roman town of Verlucio with Warminster
Watford Grammar School for Boys Old Fullerians After founder Elizabeth Fuller
Warwick School Old Warwickians
Wells Cathedral School Old Wellensians
Wellingborough School Old Wellingburians
Wellington College, Berkshire Old Wellingtonians
West Buckland School Old West Bucklands
West Downs School Old West Downs Closed 1988
Westcliff High School for Boys Old Westcliffians
Westminster School Old Westminsters
Whitgift School Old Whitgiftians
William Hulme's Grammar School Old Hulmeians
Wilson's School Old Wilsonians
Wisbech Grammar School Wisbech Old Grammarians
Worksop College Old Worksopians
Wrekin College Old Wrekinians
Wolverhampton Grammar School Old Wulfrunians
Wycliffe College (Gloucestershire) Old Wycliffians
Winchester College Old Wykehamists After founder William of Wykeham (1382)
Woodhouse Grove School Old Grovians
Wycombe Abbey Wycombe Abbey Seniors

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