Alfred Hitchcock High School:
|St. Ignatius College, London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation|
Alfred Hitchcock College:
|London University, non-degree classes|
Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, England to a grocer and poulterer. He was sent to the Roman Catholic Salesian College in London at age 9, and a year later transferred to the Jesuit St. Ignatius College in London. The strict upbringing he experienced both at home and at these schools inspired his interest in the subjects of guilt and punishment, which he would later explore in his films. At age 15, Hitchcock lost his father and began attending the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation. Upon graduation, he took drawing and design classes at London University that inspired his interest in creative work. His job at Henley's cable company led to his submitting short works of fiction to their in-house publication until he was the most prolific writer on staff. Hitchcock's interest in photography and film grew; he started designing title cards for the London branch of what would become Paramount Pictures, and in five years' time started directing movies. The rest, as they say, is history, for Alfred Hitchcock directed over fifty feature films and is now considered the greatest, most influential filmmaker of all time.