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T. T. Lee Jones, Headmaster 1896 - 1905

Rev. T. T. Lee Jones was ordained in the Church of England, and led Guisborough Grammar School at the turn of the twentieth century.

Black and white photograph of a white man in his middle years wearing a cleric's dog collar.

He wrote a piece for The Guisborian on his retirement.

by Rev Lee Jones on leaving the School in 1905

This is the last time, boys, that I shall have the opportunity of addressing you as your Head Master. Let me here say how happy have been my 8 years spent amongst you in the dear old Grammar School, and how hard it is to say goodbye.

I hope that you will remember how I have tried to impress on you the fact that your character is of far more value than Latin or French, History or Mathematics. How often have you heard me say “I would rather have 10 boys of good character in the School than 100 clever ones”. I pray that those words so familiar to you all may some day bear fruit in the lives of all of you.

Just one word in reference to those corrections which a Head Master has to undertake for the sake of discipline and the morality of boys. I hope you will think that I have always tried to be just. If there is one among you who feels that he has been unjustly punished, I ask that boy’s forgiveness, and earnestly beg that he will try to feel that if an injustice has been done, it has been done through some error of judgement and quite unintentional.

And now, before I say farewell, let me give you one parting word of advice, not as your Head Master, but as your friend. Above all things, be honest and straightforward in all you do or say; scorn to tell a lie; consider it beneath you to deceive your master or to copy from your neighbour’s book and present the work as your own; be God-fearing boys, courteous and polite to everybody; do your best in school and in the playing field. In your games be loyal to your captain, play for your side, not for yourself, and help the weaker boys.

May that glorious Priory arch, placed daily before your eyes, and ever pointing heavenward, stimulate you to high and noble aims. Try to live up to these ideals, and so you will be a credit to yourselves, to your school, to your town and country, and you will hand down to others the good reputation which the dear old Grammar School has long maintained.

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