Education: Repton Resartus

U. S. and British cinemagoers are still being moved to smiles & tears by the smile-&-tear jerker, Goodbye, Mr. Chips. The school pictured in the film is Repton, a famed public school in Britain's Derbyshire. Repton's boys (200 of whom played in the film) are shown in their uniforms of black tailcoats or jackets, striped trousers, starched turnover collars and black ties. Last fortnight, having thus made his school's dress almost as familiar to the public as the Eton jacket, Repton's 40-year-old headmaster, Harold George Michael Clarke, made a surprise announcement: his 382-year-old school's uniform is to be junked. Repton's boys,...

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