It is our sad duty to report that Jimmy Stow died on the 29th April, aged 95. As many will know, Jimmy grew up at Horris Hill from an early age, living in the Private Side, as his father, ‘Daddy Stow’, was Headmaster, following on from the founder AH Evans.
Jimmy was on the staff at Horris Hill from 1939-1989 with war service taking him away from 1940-1946 part of which involved landing on Juno Beach on D-Day +1. After the war he resumed his teaching here, becoming Headmaster from 1965-1978, supported by his wonderful wife, Colina. Being in a prep school involves wearing many hats and Jimmy very successfully ran many areas of school life. As a passionate Arsenal supporter he was well equipped to manage the Football 1st XI and it is generally recognised that in Jimmy, Horris Hill had probably one of the best football coaches for this age group in the country. He also organised the Cross-Country and Athletics for many years, ran the School Choir and, prior to becoming Headmaster, had been Housemaster of Horris Wood.
Quite simply, his and his family’s legacy to Horris Hill cannot adequately be put into words. He kindly opened the main teaching block that is named after the Stow family in the summer of 2000 and a plaque on the wall recognises and respects all that the family has given to the school over the years.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary, his daughter, to the extended Stow family and friends.