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Belmont Focus: Campbell College, East Belfast

Campbell College was founded in 1894 and named after Henry James Campbell, its benefactor, who had made his fortune in the linen trade. In its early days the school was primarily a boarding school but as time progressed less and less of its pupils board at the school. Campbell College is now a voluntary grammar school educating boys from ages 11-18. 

The school itself is situated in the East of Belfast and before the re-development of the area occupied a 100 acre site. Some of it's former pupils include:

Air Chief Marshal John Thomson - RAF Officer 
Alan McFarland - Ulster Unionist Politician 
C. S. Lewis - Author - Autumn term of 1910 only 
Gordon Burns - Journalist and TV Presenter 
John Irvine - Award-winning ITV News Journalist 
Jonny Quinn - Drummer in Snow Patrol 
Noel Thompson - BBC Broadcaster
Sir John Collins - Businessman 

The site was seconded during the second World War by the War Office to use as a hospital and the pupils evacuated to Portrush. With exemption of the war years Campbell college has a long established tradition on its East Belfast site and it pupils have a long record of achievement both academically and in sports, with the school having won events such as the Ulster Schools Cup 22 times and shared it a further four times.

 

 

 

 


 

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