the old school

the old school

Views, values, or traditions from an earlier or old-fashioned era. Typically describes one who is resistant to change or new ways of doing things. John is of the old school—he still believes in the effectiveness of corporal punishment. My grandmother belongs to the old school, believing everything one cooks should be prepared from scratch.
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the old school

COMMON If you say that someone is of the old school, you mean that they have traditional ideas and values and are old-fashioned. As a builder of the old school, he did not always see eye to eye with designers of new houses. She belonged to the old school, preferring the formality of surnames even with colleagues. Note: You can say that someone is an old-school type of person, especially when talking about the job that they do. At 65, he is the last of the old-school managers, a holder of traditional values in a world dominated by younger, more sophisticated men.
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References in classic literature ?
Then don't object to me cracking up the old School house, Rugby.
To the last Lavalle was a Catholic of the old school, accepting--he who had looked into the very heart of the lightnings--the dogmas of papal infallibility, of absolution, of confession--of relics great and small.
The marshal of the province in whose hands the law had placed the control of so many important public functions--the guardianship of wards (the very department which was giving Levin so much trouble just now), the disposal of large sums subscribed by the nobility of the province, the high schools, female, male, and military, and popular instruction on the new model, and finally, the district council--the marshal of the province, Snetkov, was a nobleman of the old school,--dissipating an immense fortune, a good-hearted man, honest after his own fashion, but utterly without any comprehension of the needs of modern days.
Riley spoke of such acquaintances kindly as "people of the old school.
The Prince," she said, "is an intriguer of the old school.
Cobb, who, it is needless to say, was distinctly of the old school in medicine.
The notable wife of Kamehameha, the renowned conqueror and king of the Sandwich Islands, used to pride herself in the skill she displayed in dyeing her tappa with contrasting colours disposed in regular figures; and, in the midst of the innovations of the times, was regarded, towards the decline of her life, as a lady of the old school, clinging as she did to the national cloth, in preference to the frippery of the European calicoes.
In his way he was quite as much one of the old school as the Earl of Eastchester, and the idea of a lady - a Wendermott, too - calling herself a journalist and proud of making a few hundreds a year was amazing enough to him.
Lague said members and officials of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) conducted a cleanup drive and also decided to tear down the old school building.
If you're unsure of exactly where you stand in the Old School curriculum, the following questions may help clarify things:
We had been watching the building work from the old school and couldn't wait to get in.
Back in the early 1980s, Mr Stewart attended the old school when it housed Llansamlet Junior Comprehensive and provided education for 11 to 14-year-olds before they went on to Morriston Comprehensive.
Although the evening was a great success there was no way we could display all the old school pictures we had received.
Ex-pupils and the school's governors were invited in to watch the presentation of the bell and see the museum the children had set up, showing what they had learnt, as well as the artefacts they had discovered during their archaeological dig around the old school site.
The Old School, Marley Hill, Newcastle is for sale at a freehold price of PS399,950 through Rook Matthews Sayer Commercial , tel: 0191 212 0000.