Taylor is the longest-serving teacher in the history of the School,
his 38-year career at King James's having been surpassed only by Rev
Samual Brook's tenure as Headmaster from 1727-1771.
Jack joined King James's Grammar School in 1959 as Head of Biology
(succeeding Chris Perraton), after initial training in Coventry and
a brief spell at Royds Hall Grammar School. In addition to his role
in the Science Department, he was in turn Head of Sixth Form, Head
of Upper School and Assistant Headteacher. Jack also became Fenay
Housemaster, taking over from Walter Haigh on the latter's
His wide range of interests led to him setting up Scientific and
Philatelic societies, and he was very much involved in House and
School soccer and cricket teams from Junior to Senior levels. During
the 1980s he played an influential role as Chairman of the Old
Almondburians' Society, at a time when the future of the School was
in some doubt.
Jack has maintained close links with the School since his retirement.
He is a member of the Old Almondburians' Society executive committee
and Chairman of the OAS Cricket Club, occasionally turning out to play
with the with 2nd XI and as an umpire. He is a keen walker and
gardener, and an entertaining after-dinner speaker.