The King's Hospital
|The King's Hospital|
Scoil Ospidéal an Rí
Entrance to King's Hospital
Palmerstown, South Dublin|
|Motto||A School And A Way Of Life|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of Ireland|
|Chairman||Mr Kenneth Peare (Chairman of the Board Of Management)|
|Principal||Mr John Rafter|
|Gender||male and female|
|Number of students||700 (approximately 1/3 are boarders ).|
|Houses||Mercer House, Desmond House, Blackhall House, Swift House, Stuart House, Bluecoat House, Ormonde House, Ivory House, Morgan House, Grace House|
|Colour(s)||Navy blue and Yellow|
The Hospital and Free School of King Charles II, Oxmantown, also called The King's Hospital (KH; Irish: Scoil Ospidéal an Rí) is a Church of Ireland co-educational independent day and boarding school situated in Palmerstown, Dublin, Ireland. It is located on an 80-acre campus beside the River Liffey, called Brooklawn, named after the country houses situated on the site and in which the headmaster and his family reside.
Founded in 1669, it is one of the oldest schools in Ireland and was also known as the Blue Coat School. Although priority is given to those of the main Protestant tradition, as a Christian school, it is attended by students of other denominations and faiths. The school's colours are navy and gold. The school crest is three burning castles with the date "1669", almost identical to the crest for Dublin city. The current headmaster is John Rafter.
The school was founded in 1669 as The Hospital and Free School of King Charles II and was located in Queen Street, Dublin. King's Hospital was a continuation of the old Free School of Dublin. On 5 May 1674, the school opened with 60 pupils, including 3 girls. From 1783 to 1971, the school was located in Blackhall Place, Dublin, currently the headquarters of the Law Society of Ireland.
During the early seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries it was used as the site of elections to the Irish Parliament's Dublin City. When this was changed to the Tholsel for the 1713 general election, it led to the Dublin election riot.
The take-over of Morgan’s School (1957) contributed to steadily increasing numbers of students, and by 1970, a need for extra space and facilities led to the move from the city centre to a modern purpose-built school set in its own 100-acre (400,000 m2) site on the banks of the River Liffey in Palmerstown, County Dublin.
A 57-year-old manuscript by renowned Nobel Prize in Physics winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger recently resurfaced at the school. Entitled "Fragment From An Unpublished Dialogue Of Galileo", it was written for the School's 1955 edition of the annual Blue Coat magazine to coincide with Schrödinger leaving Dublin to take up his appointment as Chair of Physics at the University of Vienna. Schrödinger wrote the manuscript for the school's former English teacher and Editor of the Blue Coat magazine, Ronnie Anderson (now deceased), a friend of Schrödinger when he lived in Dublin. It is now in the possession of Professor Jonathan Coleman in CRANN at Trinity College, Dublin.
The annual calendar includes a number of special days and events forming part of the school tradition. One of these is Charter Day, when the Headmaster or Headmistress delivers an annual address to the school, and academic prizes are presented, commemorating the granting of the School's Charter in 1669.
Sports Day, Harvest Festival, Carol Service and Confirmation are other significant occasions, to which parents and past pupils are welcome. There is an open invitation on Sundays to attend worship according to the rites of the Church of Ireland. Morning assembly is compulsory for all pupils, and Sunday service is compulsory for boarders.
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The school is co-educational and caters for some 700 pupils, roughly half day pupils and half boarders. The King’s Hospital has students from all over Ireland and from overseas. Students from Germany and Spain are the most common international students.
Kings Hospital is a well known school for its sport, especially rugby. The school currently has a gymnasium and sports hall with an advanced fitness center. The school also has access to a swimming pool, grass hockey pitch, rugby pitches and tennis courts.
Various sports are played on campus and training is provided by staff. The school has teams for rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, cross-country, badminton, soccer, basketball and swimming.
Notable past pupils
- Jack Boothman - President of the GAA (1994 and 1997);
- Professor Jonathan Coleman (physicist), lecturer in the School of Physics in CRANN at Trinity College Dublin and the 2011 Science Foundation Ireland 'Researcher of the Year'
- Natalya Coyle is an Irish athlete who competed for Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics London 2012 where she finished 9th in the modern pentathlon.
- Harvey du Cros - financier; the founder of the pneumatic tire industry based on the discovery of John Boyd Dunlop
- Robert Dowds - politician; a former Irish Labour Party politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dunlin Mid-West constituency from 2011 to 2016.
- Jonathan Fildes - renowned motor racing driver;
- John and Edward Grimes - members of the pop duo Jedward
- Andy Orr - member of the pop group Six
- Lisa Hannigan - Irish folk/pop singer famous for her recordings with Damien Rice
- Heike Holstein - is the most successful ever dressage rider based in Ireland and was a three times competitor equestrianism at the Olympics in Equestrian at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Individual dressage Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
- Hazel Luckwill - Music Therapist and noted musician;
- Angus McKeen - Former Leinster and Ireland rugby prop forward;
- Tom Murphy - Tony Award-winning Irish actor;
- Randal Plunkett, 21st Baron of Dunsany - firm producer
- Robin Roe - captain of the Ireland national rugby union team. Also capped with The Lions and The Barbarians;
- Camilla Speirs - competed in equestrianism for Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics London 2012 Summer Olympics;
- Kathryn Thomas - Irish television presenter;
- Leo Varadkar - 14th Taoiseach of Ireland (2017-present);
- Roderic O'Gorman - Cllr and Chairman of The Green Party (Ireland)
- Robert Alexander Warke (born 1930), Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross;
- John Weir - Loyalist murderer and member of the Glenanne gang;
- Ian Fitzpatrick - Rugby player, domestically as a full back for Leinster and internationally as a forward for the Irish rugby sevens side.
- 1922-1927: John Mason Harden
- Falkiner, Frederick Richard. The foundation of the Hospital and Free school of King Charles II., Oxmantown Dublin: commonly called the Blue coat school. Palmerstown, Dublin.
- Image of KH Crest
- The Kings Hospital website
- Falkiner, Frederick Richard (1906). The foundation of the Hospital and Free school of King Charles II., Oxmantown Dublin: commonly called the Blue coat school. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker. p. 36.
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- * Simms, J.G. War and Politics in Ireland, 1649-1730. Hambledon Press, 1986. p.280-81
- "'Quantum humour' beams back after absence" 18 April 2012, The Irish Times.
- Copy of article for Blue Coat magazine
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- CRANN. "Prof Jonathan Coleman". CRANN. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- CRANN. "Prof Jonathan Coleman announced 2011 SFI Researcher of Year". CRANN. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Mr. Robert Dowds". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- "Robert Dowds". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- "Heike Holstein". Sweep Stud. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "RUC men's secret war with the IRA". Sunday Times. Liam Clarke. 7 March 1999.