Rugby School

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Coordinates: 52°13′17″N 1°09′17″W / 52.2214°N 1.1548°W / 52.2214; -1.1548

Rugby School, is a co-educational boarding school located in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, in the United Kingdom. It is one of the oldest independent schools in Britain.[1]



Rugby School was founded in 1567 as a provision in the will of Lawrence Sheriff, who had made his fortune supplying groceries to Queen Elizabeth I of England.[2] It is one of the nine English public schools as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868 and one of a handful of prominent English Public Schools that can be said to have created the ideal of the Victorian gentleman and the importance of public schools as the training ground for service in the Empire in the nineteenth century.[citation needed] The influence of Rugby and its pupils and masters in the nineteenth century was enormous and in many ways the stereotype of the English public school is a reworking of Arnold's Rugby. It is one of the best known schools in the country and seen as a leading innovator in education (e.g. see its leading role in developing the Cambridge Pre-U).

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