WEST, REGINALD ARTHUR (1883-1964), headmaster, was born on 11 July 1883 at
Woodville, Adelaide, eldest of nine children of Australian-born parents William
Arthur West, schoolteacher, and his wife Emilie, née Burnard. From Norwood Public
School Reg won a scholarship to Prince Alfred College, where he was a contemporary
of J. F. Ward and came under the influence of the headmaster Frederic Chapple. At
the University of Adelaide (B.A., 1902; M.A., 1905) he majored in mathematics and
philosophy and was awarded the William Roby Fletcher prize for psychology and
logic. Determined to become a schoolteacher rather than an academic, in 1903 he
joined the staff of the Pupil Teachers' School in Grote Street. Five years later
it was absorbed into the new Adelaide High School, on the same site, with W. J.
Adey as headmaster. At the Parkside Methodist Church on 21 December 1912 West
married Eva Beatrice Annie Claughton (d.1947), also a schoolteacher; they had a
son and two daughters.
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