->''"I am a fully rounded human being, with a degree from the university of life, a diploma from the school of hard knocks, and three gold stars from the kindergarten of getting the shit kicked out of me."''
-->-- '''Captain Edmund {{Blackadder}}'''

School violence tends to not be accepted, but in a School of Hard Knocks, students are not only ''allowed'' to settle their differences with their fists but actually ''encouraged'', complete with official rules. If these brawls get too out of hand, one can expect the faculty to step in themselves to kick some ass.

In order to qualify, the entire school needs to be in on and tolerant of the action. An isolated incident or individual does not count.

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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The school in ''Blazing Transfer Student'' allowed students to challenge each other to official boxing matches as a means to resolving their arguments.
* ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' had a high school founded by martial arts masters, and as a result even the teachers will fight against their pupils if things get too rowdy. Every year they host a huge battle royal in their school between all of their martial arts clubs.
* Shibusen Acadamy in ''Manga/SoulEater'' specifically states that all fights between students on campus must be moderated by a member of the faculty.
* Various schools in ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' are in open war BecauseDestinySaysSo.
* ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''. School-sponsored K-Fights are used to solve every possible dispute, ''including "too many K-Fights"''. Eventually, it's made so that students don't even have to be on campus or fighting a schoolmate for it to be an official K-Fight, with play-by-play and color commentary from the principal himself.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}'', somewhat. Fights between Youkai aren't encouraged, but the teachers don't seem to have a problem with these fights and they do observe/referee the matches. Fights between regular students aren't mentioned.
* The school in ''Manhwa/{{Veritas}}'', is one such example. They even have an area just for fighting and training.
* The Tenchi Gakuen in ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade'' not only encourages fighting, actually all students are part of an in-school {{kendo}} championship with great monetary prizes for the winning [[BattleCouple teams]].
* One of the main plotlines in ''Manga/{{Aiki}}'' is students attending one School of Hard Knocks trying to become skilled enough to earn admission at a University of Hard Knocks when they graduate.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' school ''The Pokémon Technical Institue'' which appeared in episode 9, ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The School of Hard Knocks]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}''. Apparently the staff doesn't care if their students beat each other nearly to death or even sexually molest the losers. Unless it's the heroine doing the [[CurbStompBattle curb stomping]]. Oh, ''then'' they step in.
* ''Manga/YakuzaGirl''. The school is divided in various Clans that spends their time killing each other, either with weapons or with supernatural powers, and a poor NaiveNewcomer gets trapped in that war to gain the love of a girl.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'' makes this the entire premise of the show besides blatant [[FanService fanservice]].

[[AC:{{Comicbooks}}]]
* In Five Weapons, the titular assassin school has its students specialize in a weapon and permits students to challenge one another. [[AwesomeByAnalysis Shainline]] defies the school by choosing [[ActualPacifist no weapon]]. The [[MonsterKnight faculty]] highly disapproves and seeks to [[BreaktheHaughty correct]] his delinquency.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''My Schoolmate the Barbarian'' has a place where students brawl in an elaborate ringout fight.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Harry [[Literature/DresdenFiles Dresden]] sarcastically claims to have been through this ... [[CrossTheLineTwice as he's getting beaten up]].
* The Swedish novel/movie ''Evil'' (''Ondskan'') has a very serious version of this, as a private boarding school essentially allows students to fight each other to settle disputes.
** This is sadly a real life example. The boarding school, Solbacka, was closed down because of the violence that went on there. The fighting was not actually encouraged in order to solve disputes, but to maintain a hierarchy among the students. It was supposed to 'harden' the boys.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', students at Dudley's new school, Smeltings, are given "knobbly sticks used for hitting each other while the teachers weren't looking. This was supposed to be good training for later life."
* Various Literature/{{Discworld}} examples including, but not limited to:
** The Assassins' Guild School. It is first referenced in ''Discworld/{{Wyrd Sisters}}'' as a place which less fortunate scholars at the Fools' Guild School next door look at in helpless envy and longing. The Fools are tormented by the happy piping voices of young people at a school they love drifting over the dividing wall. However, as the Assassins value competitive examination, the number of happy piping voices grows considerably ''fewer'' towards the end of each term.
*** The Assassins' School is expanded upon in the opening quarter or so of ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''. Terry Pratchett noted that to create the school, all he had to do was to take a typical British boarding (fee-paying) school with a long pedigree, and turn all the knobs up past eleven. ''"Especially the one marked "violence"''.
** By the time of ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', the Assassins' School has gone co-educational. As the female of the species is, if not more deadly than the male, then at least ''nastier'', the new generation of women teachers, such as Miss Alice Band, are capable of sending students out on potentially kamikaze assignments, such as targeting Commander Sam Vimes. A student called Jocasta Wiggs learns to her cost and the loss of personal dignity that Sam is well-protected.
** In ''Discworld/{{The Truth}}'' we learn of a more conventional boys' school, Hugglestone Academy, a dour grey granite edifice out on the bleak moorlands where boys are sent to be turned into ''men''. This process is accepted to entail a certain degree of ''wastage'', among the fat, lame, lazy and effeminate.
** The Quirm Academy for Young Ladies, which appears in ''Discworld/{{Soul Music}}'', might be its female equivalent. It employs a sports mistress nicknamed Iron Ronnie, who is as tough and uncompromising as any male equivalent in GymClassHell. Sybil Ramkin was a pupil here and ruefully remembers that a closed community of girls can be as unsympathetic and prone to bullying as a male school. Only the weapons used are not physical. Oh no, nothing so trivial. Women are ''nastier''.
** The Unseen University, from the various Wizard books, also leans towards the hard knocks style of education, particularly in teaching the difference between Monkeys and Apes.
* Eustace's school from the Chronicles of Narnia (appears most prominently in The Silver Chair)

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/MajisukaGakuen'', the girls fight regularly, with the most powerful club (in this case, the Rappapa Wind Instrument Club) becoming the aces of the school.
[[AC:Music]]
* Music/TheOffspring, "Come Out and Play".


[[AC:Radio]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In ''The Grudge Match'', Walter Denton [[TooDumbToLive challenges star athlete]] Stretch Snodgrass to a fight when he discovers that Harriet Conklin had sat next to Stretch at the movie theatre. Much to Miss Brooks' consternation, Mr. Boynton decides that it would be best to have the fight in the gymnasium in front of the whole school. Principal Conklin not only goes along with it, but referees it, as he wants to see Walter Denton "clobbered."

[[AC:{{Video Games}}]]
* The plot of ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' involves teams of students visiting other campuses and fighting their representatives in order to uncover clues about a string of mysterious disappearances. The characters include a language teacher, a school nurse, school principal and a HotBlooded PE instructor.
* ''{{Videogame/Bully}}.''
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has Children's Week, a week long event where players temporarily adopt an orphan (or three) and take them out into the world. While the orphans don't do any fighting themselves, the players demonstrate how to beat the crap out of each other in [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] to earn one of the event's achievements, appropriately called "School of Hard Knocks".

[[AC:{{Visual Novels}}]]
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' is largely set in Kawakami High School, where official duels are sanctioned and all manners of replica weaponry are kept in every classroom for such occasions. Duels scale from simple betting to the Kawakami War, which involves the school with some extra hired troops, divided into two armies.

[[AC:{{Web Original}}]]
* WhateleyUniverse has several variants of this. The Combat Final is required and students can take part in simulations or arena duels. Given the treatment of mutants in the setting learning how to fight is a very important real world skill.

[[AC:{{Western Animation}}]]
* The Foremost World-Renowned International School of Lucha in ''MuchaLucha'', naturally, seeing as everyone in the show is a MaskedLuchador.

[[AC:{{Real Life}}]]
* Sadly, all too often [[AdultsAreUseless badly or ineptly led]] schools, especially single gender schools, tend to be this way. Violence is not only tolerated but actually encouraged. Occasionally given some sort of formal sanction in the days when boxing was still considered a suitable Phys. Ed activity [[ScienceMarchesOn and much less was understood about its potential risks]]. Two students with a particularly nasty feud to settle would be provided with gloves and a referee and allowed to settle their differences and work out their aggression in a way that minimised the risk of lasting injury. By some accounts [[TropesAreNotBad it was actually a good way to clear the air.]]
* In ancient Sparta this was part of TheSpartanWay.
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