My School Legends (Oxford)
Just thought I'd add a couple of things to this thread.... my first post ever, so bear with me if I make a mistake....!
I went to a rather posh school in Oxford (I was lucky enough to get a scholarship, i.e. my fees were paid for - I'm not your average 'boarding school snob')
Anyways, the school had 3 famous alumni:
Kenneth Graeme (wrote 'Wind in the Willows') - in honour of old Ken we had the 'Kenneth Graeme Literary Society'
Laurence Olivier (Actor) - in honour of him, we had the Acting Society
Douglas Bader (World War II Flying Ace... lost both his legs, escaped from behind enemy lines etc.). Would you believe that they named something after him..... "The Douglas Bader Sports Centre" - People, please!
Anyways, the UL at my school was that the hall was haunted by a ghost, who you could hear shuffling across the stage. People linked it to old Dougie B as I guess with 2 prosthetics he might shuffle a little? First hand accounts from the school prefects who locked the hall last thing at night were that they had heard this ghost, and wouldn't go into the hall alone last thing at night.
Now, I can add something to this; one lunchtime I happened to be in the hall on my own, playing the piano (ah, what a virtusoso I am). I stopped, as I thought I heard a noise on the stage that I was on. The hairs on the back of my neck pricked up, and then I heard quite clearly a footstep, then a sort of shuffle (like a foot being dragged), the another step.... I guarantee there was no-one else in the hall, let alone on the stage! Suffice to say I pretty quickly 'exited stage right' - I didn't tell anyone else about this for fear of ridicule.....
Last of all, kind of on this topic, boarding schools in the 80s and 90s were potential IRA targets (you may laugh, but a kid from my prep school was Nicholas Knatcbull, who was murdered by the IRA with his Grandad, it was a famous murder, but for the life of me I can't remember his grandad's name).
Anyways, there were notices pinned up around the school saying that in the event of a bomb scare, the chapel bell would be tolled and the pupils should make their way across the road to safety on the paying fields - assuming the main bit of the school (including where the chapel was would be the 'main target')
All fine, however it worried me slightly as I was the 'official' school bell-ringer...... great!