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Dover Grammar School for Boys DGSB, Astor Avenue, Kent, England, UK 3

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John Latter on April 23, 2007

A view of the cloister beneath the quad with the tower and all its stairs in the left background.

I was a pupil at Dover Grammar School for Boys (DGSB) from September 1962 to June 1967 (Forms 1 to 5B).

'Dickie' Bird my first Form Master and then 'Dizzie' Denham.

I wonder how many times I went up and down the tower stairs during my five years here?

Had to come down them for lunch - or 'School Dinners', as we called them then - which were eaten in the rooms under the arches nearest to the tower. Unless, of course, you were on 'second sitting', in which case you came down from the Quad.

Had to go up and down the stairs for "PE" (Physical Education) or was it PT? (P. Training) which was held in the Gym on the far side of the tower.

And Sports of course, changing rooms are below the cloister.

Was forever going up and down the stairs!

This photo was taken on Sunday, April 22nd, 2007.

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John Latter on October 27, 2007

Standard Info

The 'Welcome Message' on the DGSB website begins:

Dover Grammar School for Boys was founded in 1905 and has been on its current site overlooking Dover Castle and the English Channel since 1932. Its unique buildings form part of the landscape of Dover and we are proud of our history. But we are a forward looking school committed to preparing our students for the 21st century, so you will see plenty of technology and modern facilities within the building.

An unofficial DGSB website contains photos of the school's location taken prior to and during construction.

The school's Wikipedia entry states:

The building was modified in 2000-2001 to include a second tower that differed from the design of the original tower (known as the Old Tower to pupils) to provide extra access to more IT rooms. However, these rooms are soon to be made into business suites. The school became a Business School in 2006, at a cost of £50,000.

The 'new tower' has a brown and white triangular roof and is center-left in the above photo.

Current photos of the school include:

Dover Grammar School for Boys from the top playing field

Dover Grammar School for Boys from Astor Avenue

The Quad/Playground

Three-quarters view of DGSB from the entrance to the top playing field

Part of the 1963 - 1964 school photograph

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  • Uploaded on April 22, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/22 09:18:09
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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