The Old Almondburians' Society
The Old Almondburians
JACK TAYLOR (1959-97)
Jack Taylor is the longest-serving teacher in the history of the School, his 38-year career at King James's having been surpassed only by Rev Samual Brook's tenure as Headmaster from 1727-1771.

Jack joined King James's Grammar School in 1959 as Head of Biology (succeeding Chris Perraton), after initial training in Coventry and a brief spell at Royds Hall Grammar School. In addition to his role in the Science Department, he was in turn Head of Sixth Form, Head of Upper School and Assistant Headteacher. Jack also became Fenay Housemaster, taking over from Walter Haigh on the latter's retirement.

His wide range of interests led to him setting up Scientific and Philatelic societies, and he was very much involved in House and School soccer and cricket teams from Junior to Senior levels. During the 1980s he played an influential role as Chairman of the Old Almondburians' Society, at a time when the future of the School was in some doubt.

Jack has maintained close links with the School since his retirement. He is a member of the Old Almondburians' Society executive committee and Chairman of the OAS Cricket Club, occasionally turning out to play with the with 2nd XI and as an umpire. He is a keen walker and gardener, and an entertaining after-dinner speaker.

Note: This interview includes a tour of the present School and an account of the changes that have taken place in recent years.

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Recorded on 3 October 2006