In his youth, Winston Churchill attended the school. He was not fond of or good at learning Latin, and because of this, he was assigned a special tutor that lived in a cubby. Churchill found the new teacher strange, but at the same time very wise and good for conversation. On one occasion, Churchill asked why "Mensa" meant both "table" and "O table". The figure frowned and responded that one could use the latter to address a table. Churchill was highly amused by this.