Sandford Park School
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|Sandford Park School|
|Principal||Ms Edith Byrne|
|Gender||Co-ed (since 2013)|
|Age||12 to 18|
|Number of students||>350|
|Colour(s)||Green, Gold and Purple|
The school was founded in 1922 by Alfred Le Peton, who served as its first headmaster. He had previously served as joint headmaster of Earlsfort House School alongside Ernest Exshaw. It was decided to move the school from the terraced city-centre property of Earlsfort House to the 2.5 hectare Ranelagh property of Sandford Park, originally designed in 1894 by Thomas Edmund Hudman for James P. Pile, a property developer and Hudman’s brother-in-law. The school was founded as non-denominational, to contrast with the majority of schools in Ireland at the time, which had religious patronages. In its first year of teaching, the school had enrolled fifty-three boys. Le Peton resigned as headmaster in 1925.
Notable past pupils
- Max Abrahamson, internationally renowned construction lawyer
- Jonathan Philbin Bowman, journalist
- Conor Cruise O'Brien, diplomat, Labour Party politician, writer and academic
- Justin Keating, politician and former Labour Party cabinet minister
- Graham Knuttel, painter and sculptor
- Ham Lambert, international cricketer, rugby player and rugby referee
- Charles Mellon, first-class cricketer
- John Neill, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin 2002–2011
- Owen Sheehy-Skeffington, socialist and pacifist
- Patrick Rooke (born 1955), Bishop of Tuam, Killala, and Achonry
Past pupils Union
The Sandford Union was inaugurated in the 1930s, to enable past pupils to keep in touch with one another and the school itself. The Sandford Union hold several events during the year culminating in the annual dinner held every year on the fourth Friday in November.
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