Education: The First 1,000 Years

In the bustling Hertfordshire town of St. Albans last week, 1,000 sober Englishmen, dressed up as Roman legionaries, Saxon peasants, Norman kings, monks and long-haired cavaliers, re-enacted the glory of their town. The occasion: the 1,000th anniversary of St. Albans School.

St. Albans, founded by monks in 948, is one of England's oldest schools (St. Peter's, York, founded in the 6th Century, is generally regarded as the oldest). Long out-glittered by Eton and Harrow, St. Albans has kept to its modest tradition of service to the boys of the town.

Under regulations drawn up in 1570 by the school's patron, Sir Nicholas Bacon,...

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