The King's Hospital
|The King's Hospital|
Scoil Ospidéal an Rí
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Motto||A School And A Way Of Life|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of Ireland|
|Chairman||Mr Angus Potterton (Chairman of the Board Of Governors)|
|Principal||Mr Mark Ronan|
|Years||Forms 1-6 Age 12-18|
|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 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. The school is also a member of the HMC Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the BSA.
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 Mark Ronan.
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.
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The school is co-educational and caters for some 720 pupils, roughly 440 day pupils and 280 boarders in 2018/19. The King's Hospital has students from all over Ireland and from overseas. Students from Germany and Spain are the most common international students.
The School is divided into five boarding houses: Bluecoat, Mercer, Grace, Morgan and Ormonde and five day pupil houses. Each boarding house has its own resident housemaster or housemistress.
The school 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 (with a focus on rugby) 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 Dublin Mid-West constituency from 2011 to 2016.
- 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
- Niall Hogan - co-founder of Touchtech Payments, bought by billion dollar online global payments company Stripe in 2019
- 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.
- Noel Mahony - First-class cricketer for Ireland and president of the Irish Cricket Union, also taught mathematics at the school.
- Angus McKeen - Former Leinster and Ireland rugby prop forward;
- Tom Murphy - Tony Award-winning Irish actor;
- Randal Plunkett, 21st Baron of Dunsany - film 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 (2017–2020);
- 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.
- 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. 70.
- * 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
- "The King's Hospital, Church of Ireland Co-educational Day and Boarding School Dublin Ireland". Kingshospital.ie. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- CRANN. "Prof Jonathan Coleman". CRANN. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- CRANN. "Prof Jonathan Coleman announced 2011 SFI Researcher of Year". CRANN. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "Mr. Robert Dowds". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- "Robert Dowds". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- "Niall Hogan". Irish Times. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
- "Heike Holstein". Sweep Stud. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- "RUC men's secret war with the IRA". Sunday Times. Liam Clarke. 7 March 1999.