Glasgow High School celebrates 35th anniversary at present site

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THE great and the good gathered at The High School of Glasgow last week to mark the school’s 35th anniversary on it’s current site.

The annual Former Pupils Dinner on Friday welcomed back many members from the Anniesland school’s past, which also has a junior feeder school in Bearsden. And the following day both the junior and senior schools held an open day.

Currently there are more than 950 pupils attending both schools and over 78 percent live in the Milngavie and Bearsden area,

One of its most famous ex-pupils was former industrialist Lord Norman Macfarlane of Bearsden who was accompanied by his wife Lady Greta.

The original school was called the ‘Sang School’ of Glasgow Cathedral in the 12th century and became the Grammar School of Glasgow under the control of the Town Council in the 15th century, changing its name to the High School of Glasgow in 1834.

The School in Elmbank Street was closed in 1976 when education in Glasgow was reorganised. In 1894 the Glasgow High School for Girls was founded and flourished at Garnethill and latterly at Kelvindale until it too ceased to exist in the 1970s.

The new, independent, co-educational High School of Glasgow came into being in 1976 following a merger involving the High School Former Pupil Club and Drewsteignton School in Bearsden.

The new High School was at first housed on two sites in Bearsden until the first building for the Senior School was opened at Anniesland in 1977. There have been nine phases of building at Anniesland since then.

The formal opening of the new Senior School building at Anniesland took place on 28 September 1977, and was conducted by Lord Home of the Hirsel K.T., who had served as Prime Minister from 1963-64.

In 1976, the current Rector, Mr Colin Mair, joined the staff as Classics Teacher, becoming Assistant Rector in 1985, then Deputy Rector in 1996.

In 2004, he succeeded Robin Easton on his retirement, by which time the High School had earned the reputation as being one of the country’s leading schools.

Mr Mair said: “The success of the High School since 1976 has been highly dependent on the marvellous support of former pupils, parents, former parents and friends of the High School, and the notably achievements of this School community were celebrated at the Former Pupil Club Dinner, attended by approximately 200 last Friday. We also had a very successful open day at the Junior and Senior Schools on Saturday to celebrate the 35th Anniversary.