Rugby School

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Rugby School is a major public school (the equivalent of a private school in the US) in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, in the Midlands of England. Its claims to fame include Thomas Arnold, its headmaster from 1828 to 1841, who was the architect of the Victorian public school, with its emphasis on muscular Christianity, sporting effort and the study of the classics; the famous novel by Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays, inspired by Hughes' admiration for Arnold's reforms; and the sport of Rugby Union, which was named after the school, having supposedly been invented by a scholar named William Webb-Ellis, who, according to legend, while playing football, picked the ball up and ran with it. Numerous famous authors, lawyers and scientists are Old Rugbeians, as former pupils of Rugby are known, including Salman Rushdie and Anthony Horowitz. Politicians educated at Rugby include Neville Chamberlain, whose disastrous policy of appeasement of Nazi Germany overshadowed a lifetime of achievement in the field of social reform.

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