Nottingham High School was founded in 1513, just four years after Henry VIII came to the throne. Dame Agnes Mellers was a wealthy widow who donated land and property to finance a school "evermore to endure," providing "teaching and instruction of boys in good manners and literature".
An exhibition is opening tomorrow to mark the school's 500th anniversary, exploring the school's relationship with the local community, and celebrating its famous ex-pupils. Among them are:
- Ken Clarke MP
- Ed Balls MP
- DH Lawrence, writer
- Jesse Boot, founder of Boots Company
- Ed Davey MP
- Kenneth Adam, former controller of the BBC
- Gordon Richardson, former Governor of the Bank of England
- Henry Nwume, Bobsleigh Olympian
Among the famous names on the register was the Rev T.B.Hardy who went on to be the highest awarded non-combatant in the first world war with a D.S.O. and Victoria Cross. He died of his injuries in a field hospital at Rouen in 1918 at the age of 56. He is featured below.
The school was originally built in the town's Lace Market, and moved to its site on Waverley Mount in 1868.