Michael Hoban

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For the American Roman Catholic bishop, see Michael John Hoban.

Brian Michael Stanislaus Hoban (7 October 1921, British Guiana – 6 July 2003), was a teacher of classics, and Headmaster of Harrow School from 1971-81.

His father died when he was a small child and he spent two years in an orphanage. In 1934 he won a scholarship to Charterhouse, where he remained until the onset of World War II in 1939. He spent the war as a captain with the Westminster Dragoons, and was mentioned in dispatches.[citation needed]

From 1946-49 he was a student of classics at University College, Oxford. In 1947 he married Jasmine Holmes, the daughter of his Charterhouse house master. From 1949-52 he was an assistant master at Uppingham School teaching classics. From 1952-59 he was an assistant master at Shrewsbury School teaching classics. From 1960-64 he was Headmaster of St Edmund's School, Canterbury.

From 1964-71, he was Headmaster of Bradfield College. In 1971 he was named Headmaster of Harrow. He headed Harrow at a difficult time for British public schools generally, due to the political environment and financial pressures. Despite sometimes public criticism, Hoban responded with cost-saving measures, whilst refurbishing houses. During his tenure at Harrow, numbers slipped below 700 only three times. He oversaw many important building projects, including the new Central Feeding block; the New Knoll boarding house; and new physics and maths schools. He retired in 1981. [1]


Hoban died on 6 July 2003, aged 81.


  1. ^ Hoban obituary in The Telegraph