The Fourth Headmaster of Hackney Downs School, affectionately known by his initials – T.O.B. – pictured before the Second World war, standing on the front steps of the School.

This photograph kindly supplied by his daughters.

T.O.Balk, with a young looking Joe Brearley

The Headmaster, T.O.Balk, with a young looking Joe Brearley, photographed in the front playground. The photo was taken after the 2nd World War, probably taken in 1946 after Joe’s return from service.

Two photographs kindly loaned by the daughters of Mr.Balk. They show Messrs. Balk and Pye, taken with the Sixth Headmaster, Mr. Alexander Ernest Williams, on the left in both cases.

In the exterior shot, third from left is the longstanding Chairman of the Governors, Dr. Bernard Homa. He is also seen second from left in the interior scene. The interior view may be remembered by Old Boys – it shows part of the Headmaster’s study.

Farewell to Mr Balk