John Hopton, a graduate of Leeds University, arrived at King James’s in 1921 to teach mathematics, chemistry and biology. A thorough teacher of the
old school, he often seemed strict and unyielding to younger pupils, but those
who got to know him better found him a kindly, humorous man. His service to
school over 98 terms - he retired in 1953 - was immeasurable.
This photograph was kindly supplied by Terry Buckley, whose father Jack Buckley
appears at the end of the back row on the right. Next to him is Reg Napier, who
taught Terry Buckley and and
John Watson (of Temperance Seven fame) at Huddersfield School of Art (1953-1958) and
subsequently became Head of the School of Art.
The pupil on the extreme left of the front row is believed to be A Lee, while
the figure at the left-hand end of the middle row may be G Hooper. Assistance
in identifying others would be appreciated.