History of Dwight
Dwight School London, formerly known as Woodside Park International School and The North London International School, has its roots firmly embedded in North London and has gained a reputation as one of the top schools in Barnet. Opening in 1885 at the Holmewood site, the school later merged with St Alban’s Preparatory School in Woodside Park and then later added Friern Barnet Boys Grammar School.
Since the late 90’s the school in London has gained authorisation and a reputation as one of the UK’s leading International Baccalaureate World Schools, and it is now one of just a few international schools in the UK able to offer all three educational programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation – the Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), the Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) and the prestigious IB Diploma.
To recognise its status as one of London’s leading international schools, 'The North London International School' was adopted in summer 2008 and in 2012 this changed to Dwight School London.
Dwight School London is very active internationally and benefits from its links with its sister school The Dwight School which is based in Manhattan, New York and other schools in the Dwight Global group which includes Dwight School Canada on Vancouver Island, Dwight School Seoul in South Korea and Dwight School Qibao in Shanghai, China.
Dwight School London alumni include:
- Sir (Walter) Leonard Allinson (1926-) – British diplomat, Oxonian (Merton College)
- Mike Allison (1936-) - Motor car historian, author
- Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies CBE (1944) - English rock musician, best known as lead singer and songwriter for The Kinks. Since the demise of The Kinks in 1996, Ray Davies has embarked on a solo career as a singer-songwriter.
- Peter Friese-Greene - BBC cameraman, grandson of William Friese-Greene - inventor of cinematography, son of Claude Friese-Greene - developer of the colour film process
- Cyril Fletcher (1913–2005) - Comedian
- Colin Gottlieb (1961- ) - Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Omnicom Media Group
- Stefano Ispani – Chief Executive, Ponti's Group
- Barry Owen Jones (1934-) - Artist and director, Coach House Gallery, Royal Watercolour Society member
- Lord Kershaw (1906–1962) - Edward Aubrey Kershaw, 3rd Baron Kershaw of Prestwich
- Dr Edgar Mann (1926-) - formerly Chairman of the Executive Council of the Isle of Man (Tynwald)
- Michael Mansfield QC (1941- ) - An English barrister. A republican, vegetarian, socialist, and self-described 'radical lawyer', he has participated in prominent and controversial court cases and inquests.
- John Williams (1941- ) - Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist, widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. John Williams is a visiting professor and honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Dwight School NYC alumni include:
- Julian Casablancas (1978- ) - solo artist, vocalist, and chief songwriter of American rock band The Strokes
- Nick Valensi (1981- ) - guitarist for the American alternative rock band The Strokes
- Fiorello La Guardia (1882 - 1997) - was Mayor of New York City for three terms from 1934 to 1946 as a liberal Republican
- Truman Capote (1924 - 1984) - was an American author and comedian, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)
- Alix Smith (1978- ) - an American photographer
- Hal Prince (1928- ) - an American theatrical producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the past half-century
- Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) - was a prominent American pop artist
- Dana Borron (1966- ) - an American actress who has starred in film and on televsion, best known for her role as the original Audrey Griswold in the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation
- Vin Diesel (1967- ) - an American actor, writer, director and producer who is known for appearing in several successful Hollywood films, including The Fast and the Furious