John Lyon Timeline
At his own expense, Charles Vaughan, inaugurated the “English Form”, a separate institution from Harrow School but legally part of Harrow School
Henry Hutchinson was appointed the first teacher of the dozen or so boys in a building known as “The Barn” School Roll: 12 Number of Staff: 1
The Lower School of John Lyon moved into the “Old Building” on Middle Road and was opened with a celebratory banquet for the 15 boys currently at the School School Roll: 15
“March 1890 will be an eventful month in the history of the school. It is the birth-month of a school magazine, which, we venture to predict will last as long as the name of John Lyon is remembered in Harrow…”
“Everyone will soon know the Lyon boys by their caps. No owner of such a cap should ever do anything which would be likely to bring himself, and therefore his schoolfellows into disgrace. To all outsiders the dark blue cap should be a sign that its wearer is a gentleman, in the fullest sense of the word.” Lyonian Magazine 4, March 1890
Boys fundraise and collect £3 to pay for a dog to go with Captain Scott on his expedition to the Antarctic…hoping it wouldn’t be eaten…in the end Scott took no dogs
“Captain Scott adds a little personal note to the acknowledgment, “Will you please convey my personal thanks to the boys, for their generous contribution, and I shall REALLY buy a dog with it and call him ‘Lyon.’ We all hope ‘Lyon’ will return safe and sound from the Great South Land, and if he does, why should not the School adopt him?” Lyonian Magazine 162, March 1910
Le Beau made the case to Governors for a new building: a 200% population increase in the area in preceding 25 years, lack of 6th form facilities, huge demand for places and the scope to recover the building costs from future fees. The requirements of the School were a Building 100ft by 30ft, accommodating a Hall,five classrooms, staff room, cloakroom, and wash house.
The John Lyon Charity was formed to distribute funds from the lands originally owner by John Lyon. Since 1991, John Lyon’s Charity has distributed over £156 million in grants to a range of organisations that seek to promote the life-chances of children and young people through education.