Old Ruthinian Association
The Taxatio Ecclesiastica records shows that on St Peter’s Day, June 29th, 1284, Edward I, was in Ruthin, and met with Ania, Bishop of Bangor, Reginal de Grey, the Marcher Lord he appointed, who held Ruthin Castle, and Henri Le Mestre. Ruthin School was in existence!
Old Ruthinians have on occasion throughout the past seven hundred and twenty five years held some of the highest Offices of State. Throughout Britain’s Shires, Towns and Cities they have risen to prominence and served their communities. Likewise, they have served in the Armed Forces with distinction. Between 1910 and 1914, the School Roll averaged 57 boys, and between 1930-1939, it averaged 46. Our Roll of Honour 1914-1918 has 39 names, and that for 1939-1945, twenty. Two were recommended, for the V.C.
What is it about Ruthin School that instils such loyalty? Perhaps, as a small school, friendships formed are stronger. We do not claim to have held recorded meetings, but on November 7th, 2009 we held the one hundred and sixtieth Annual Dinner! Today, the Association’s ‘raison d’etre’ is to foster the friendships formed at Ruthin School – the youngest OR at the 2009 Annual Dinner was nineteen, the eldest, well in his eighties!
We are justly proud of our record of support to Ruthin School, which since the last War has seen donations of materials, service, skills and finance. The Assocation has a sound relationship with School, which, through the application and dedication of the Staff has brought about the current sound position. The School is full, results are the best ever and standards are still rising!