It was actually a boys' school that decided to take girls for financial reasons. I was one of about twenty girls in the first intake of girls - I loved it surrounded by hundreds of boys. And of course, the brothers were unsure how to deal with us as they'd only ever taught boys. Not sure if they were more strict with the boys - can't remember. Us girls did run rings around the brothers :) They did seem rather wary of us.
I've always loved masculine energy, so it was the ideal place for me to grow up. Surrounded by boisterous teenage boys as well as gentle masculine energy and then externally surrounded by the strength of disciplined soldiers as the city had a huge army camp.