West Leeds Boys’ High School old boy Glenn Broadbent continues to delve into the past of the old school. This week, he asks: Do you remember your West Leeds masters?
If you attended West Leeds Boys’ High School can you remember any stories about your former teachers? Here are a few memories from some Old Boys’.
Christopher Darling: The first headmaster was who served from 1907-1926.
Thomas Curzon took over and introduced rugby as the schools winter game in his first year, he continued in post until retirement in 1949.
Dr David Keir Mackie was headmaster during the transition from Grammar School to Comprehensive. Known for his cape and mortarboard, he cut any impressive figure when entering the Assembly Hall. He later went on to Matthew Murray and Roundhay High. Such was his impact on education in Leeds he has a Primary School named after him in Gledhow Lane.
Phil Willis was Deputy Head 1974-78 Now Lord Willis, the former Burnley FC player went on to become Lib Dem MP for Harrogate and shadow spokesman for Education.
Some former pupils returned to teach at the school. Here are a few of them.
Dave Emmett taught woodwork from 1964 – 1971.
J J Wilson was the first former pupil to return, he taught physics in 1957 and was known for turning up in two raincoats whatever the weather.
Alistair Duckworth taught English for one term in 1958.
J S Wilson (Stan) Taught PE from 1947 and threw the javelin for Great Britain in the 1936 Olympics.
Colin Wilkinson. As well as being a maths teacher, Colin was head boy in 1953 and appears on the photograph of the prefects of that year. He also taught at Wrekin School. Died Novemberr 2012 at his home in Bramley.
Thanks must go to all who contributed to the Old Boys’ website and helped to produce these articles.