SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Mr. George A Hanby
From ‘The Guild of Building Review no. 8 1936
Any biography of Mr. Hanby would seize upon two basic facts to explain the present position in the educational world - he is fundamentally a Yorkshireman and he has had a wide and varied experience. From the former come his acute mind and his inexhaustible energy; from the latter his knowledge of the world and his business-like attitude to the affairs of the Department which he controls.
Mr. Hanby was born in Barnsley, a typical town of the West Riding, and there he received his early practical training with Messrs, W. G. & L. England Ltd., Contractors, the largest firm of builders in the district. At this period he acquired first-hand knowledge of outside and inside building operations; he was actively connected with the erection of such buildings as schools, theatres, hotels and churches, and he had considerable
experience in reinforced concrete construction, an experience which later stood him in good stead when he qualified for admission to the Concrete Institute (later the Institution if Structural Engineers).
During those early years he realised the importance of combining theory with practice, and after attendance at the Barnsley Technical College he obtained numerous national diplomas in many branches of Building Science, including Mathematics, Mechanics, and Geometry, in which latter subject he gained the National Bronze Medal awarded by the National Union of Teachers.
Mr. Hanby then decided to adopt Technical Teaching as a profession, and in 1911 entered the Home Office School, Highbury, London, as Technical Instructor. In 1913 he was appointed Chief Lecturer in Building in the Technical Department of the University of the South West, Exeter, where his duties were varied and where he was “loaned” to Hele’s Secondary School, Exeter School and the West of England Institute for the Blind. He found time to attend University classes where he obtained a First Class Award in Manual Training in the City and Guilds Examination, and secured the London Matriculation. Later, for a period of two and a half years, Mr. Hanby was First Assistant Master at the Leyton Technical Institute, and for one year during this period he
was Acting Principal, and Organiser of Evening Studies for the Leyton and Leytonstone area.
In 1919 Mr. Hanby decided to return to his native Yorkshire. He joined the staff of the Hull Technical College where he is now (1936) Head of the Building Department, which owes much to his energy and initiative.
During the War Mr. Hanby served with the R.N.A.S. He was invalided from the Service in 1916 but shortly afterwards became Cadet Captain attached to the Essex Fortress Engineers.
He is actively interested in photography and is an enthusiastic sportsman; he took his College Colours for cricket and is a keen referee in the Home Office Football League, and his duties brought him into close contact with all the Home Office Schools and Training Ships around London. A further activity has been the publication of text books, and “Geometrical Drawing” and “Elementary Building Geometry” are fruits of his practical experience.
Those who come into daily contact with Mr Hanby recognise the force of his personality, and his colleagues and pupils, alike give testimony to his vigour, his enthusiasm and his sincerity.
George Hanby became Headmaster of High School for Building in 1947 and in 1936 he lived at 350 Chanterlands, Avenue, Hull.