Liverpool: Beatle Schools
St. Silas Primary School
John and George each attended (three years apart) the Dovedale
Infant School and the adjoining Dovedale Junior Boys School.
Dovedale Road intersects with Penny Lane a few blocks from Dovedale
School. Ringo attended St. Silas Primary School across the street from
his home in the Dingle before moving to Dingle Vale Secondary School,
where he spent a few fitful years (in-between lengthy hospital stays)
before leaving school for good at fifteen.
Quarry Bank Grammar School
At the age of eleven (after passing their "eleven-plus" exams), John
moved to the Quarry Bank Grammar School on
Harthill Road (across from the Liverpool Botanical Gardens) while Paul
and George were both accepted into the rather prestigious Liverpool
Institute, on Mount Street near the Anglican Cathedral that dominates
the city's skyline. Quarry Bank and the Liverpool Institute were
roughly the equivalent of American Junior High and High
School. While at Quarry Bank, John developed a well-earned reputation as
a troublemaker and formed The Quarrymen, his first group. Paul
recently played a major role in re-opening the
Liverpool Institute as a "Fame"-style school for the performing arts.
Liverpool College of Art
Liverpool Institute and Mount Street
John began attending Art College in 1957
while Paul and George
were still at the neighboring Liverpool Institute (the Art College faces
Hope Street at the corner of Mount and Hope, and backs into the
Liverpool Institute), making
for easy meetings and impromptu rehearsals after school and while cutting
class. John met Stu Sutcliffe--his best friend and Beatle bass
player--at Art College, as well as his future wife, Cynthia Powell.
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