Jack at St. John’s College, York

In 1910, Jack Harrison arrived at St. John’s College, York to start his teacher training and, as well as proving to be a more than able student, he furthered his sporting career in different sports.

He earned his college colours at Cricket, Swimming and Rugby Union. To earn his colours in any sport, he had to be in the team for the full two years he was there.

Jack was the opening batsman for the cricket team, and in his 2nd year at the University he actually captained their first XV rugby side.

During his time as captain, Jack caused a wild celebration at the college, and inadvertently caused many students to be sent home in disgrace, this happened when his team traveled to Bede College for their traditional rugby match, it was York’s version of the Oxford/Cambridge rivalry.

In the game Jack scored the only two tries of the game, handing York victory away to Bede for the first time in 12 years, hearing the news of the famous victory many of the first year students left the campus to go and welcome the team back at the railway station, and chaired Jack back to the college.

Because of this break of the strict discipline, all the first years were suspended by the principal and sent home.

In 1912 Jack graduated with a B Grade, and returned home to Hull having secured a position at the council run Lime Street School.

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