It will be obvious to everyone that the House of Dixie takes its name from the family
of the School’s founder, Sir Wolstan Dixie, the Lord Mayor of London in 1585. But
who was the man, or woman behind the naming of ‘Cope’? Who was ‘Evans’? Was Johnson
house really named after the lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson and if so, why?
The research into trying to understand the reasons behind the naming of each House
has led to the discovery of many interesting stories of local, national and even
It is a certainty that every former pupil will have used an envelope at some time
without realising its connection,however tenuous, to their old School.
Few will be aware of the scandal caused by the divorce of Charlotte Cole-Hamilton,
later to become Lady Charlotte Cope.
THE FAMILIES BEHIND THE NAMES.
Worn by both the boys and girls they were loved or hated in equal measure.
Click on “your” tie to discover facts about the family whose name the House bears.
OUR ‘OLD SCHOOL TIES’.
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Don’t know, can’t remember, not telling!
Even today rivalry exists!. Which House has the most representatives at the Annual Reunion? Here are the 2017 results.
We can find no trace of when this system of House naming was started or by whom. Our oldest members started at the School in the 1930s and the system was in use by then. It is not known why Red and Yellow are used for Johnson and Evans, but is thought that the Dark Blue and Light Blue used represent the colours of
Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
THE HOUSE NAMES OF THE DIXIE GRAMMAR SCHOOL.
This forty page book is available for you to study when you attend one of our Reunions. Just ask!