Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire, shares its name with Rugby, Tennessee. The school recently shared something else — a much-appreciated gift to Historic Rugby’s 2013 Annual Fund. Rugby School Head Master Patrick Derham, who visited our Rugby and gave a talk here in July, sent the generous donation just in time for it to be matched “pound for pound” by a USA supporter. Many thanks to both of them, and to the British school where generations of young people have received stellar educations since 1567.

Rugby, Tennessee, founder Thomas Hughes went there and wrote about it in his most famous novel, Tom Brown’s Schooldays. Rugby football was born at the school in 1823.

Historic Rugby was honored to have Derham here as the first head master to visit us in Tennessee. We hope to long maintain our special relationship with the school, and to find an appropriate way to commemorate it.


Photos, below, by George Zepp

(Left) Head Master Patrick Derham giving his presentation in Historic Rugby’s Rebecca Johnson Theatre

(Right) Head Master Derham, and his lovely wife Alison, standing by a portrait of Rugby  founder Thomas Hughes