Belfast Royal Academy
A. R. Foster
Belfast Royal Academy, which celebrated its 150th anniversary two years ago, is a school which has passed through some extraordinary times. So bad was its constitution about the middle of the last century that the headmaster had virtually no authority, the various departments collected their own fees, and the pupils had homework set for them by each department irrespective of what work they had to do for other departments. At one time the number of pupils dwindled away to thirteen, of whom four had given notice to leave. The school was saved, however, and is today a fine and flourishing institution under its present headmaster, who gives tonight's talk. It has an impressive list of distinguished old boys-in itself a tribute to its teaching.
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