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High School of Glasgow

High School of Glasgow
Motto Sursum Semper
(Ever Upward)
Established 1976
Type Independent
Rector John O'Neil
Chairman of the Governors Brian Adair
Founder Glasgow Cathedral
Location Old Anniesland
637 Crow Road

G13 1PL
United Kingdom
Students Approximately 700 pupils (senior school)
Gender Mixed
Ages 5–18
  • Bannerman
  • Clyde
  • Law
  • Moore
School Years P1-S6
Website .comglasgowhigh

The High School of Glasgow is an independent, co-educational day school in Glasgow, Scotland. The original High School of Glasgow was founded as the Choir School of Glasgow Cathedral in around 1124, and was the oldest school in Scotland, and the twelfth oldest in the United Kingdom until its closure in 1976. It remained part of the Church as the city's grammar school until coming under local authority control in 1872, and closed in 1976, when the private Drewsteighnton School adopted the name. The School maintains a relationship with the Cathedral, where it holds an annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving in September.[1] It counts two British Prime Ministers, two Lords President and the founder of the University of Aberdeen among its alumni.

It is a selective school, meaning prospective pupils must sit an entrance test to gain admission. In 2009, The Times placed it as the top independent school in Scotland for Higher and Standard Grade results, a rise from second place the year before, although it placed only sixth in Scotland when counted by Highers alone, a drop from fourth in the previous year.[2]

The Rector of the school is John O'Neill. [3]


  • History 1
  • Today 2
  • Houses 3
  • Glasgow High School Club 4
  • Notable alumni 5
    • Academia 5.1
    • Arts 5.2
    • Business 5.3
    • Law 5.4
    • Media 5.5
    • Military 5.6
    • Politics 5.7
    • Religion 5.8
    • Science 5.9
    • Sport 5.10
  • Notable Staff 6
  • Notes 7
  • External links 8


The original school was founded as the

  • High School of Glasgow Website
  • The High School of Glasgow's page on Scottish Schools Online

External links

  1. ^ "Annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving". High School of Glasgow. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Parent Power: The High School of Glasgow". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "High School of Glasgow appoints new rector". Herald Scotland. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Historical Perspective for Glasgow (section The High School of Glasgow)". Gazetter for Scotland. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Kelvindale history and schooling
  6. ^ a b Glasgow High School Club Limited
  7. ^ a b "The Club Committee of the Glasgow High School Club". 
  8. ^ Glasgow High School Club Limited: Committee
  9. ^ London Club


Notable Staff











Notable former pupils of the High School have included two Prime Ministers, the founder of the University of Aberdeen, the current and most recent Principals of the University of Glasgow and numerous judges and Law Officers, including the current Lord President of the Court of Session, as well as politicians, businessmen and academics.

William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen
Lord Clyde, General
Sir John Moore, General
Bonar Law, Prime Minister

Notable alumni

The Club also has an active London branch, The London Club,[9] which hosts a dinner every March at the Caledonian Club and a lunch in early October for recent leavers moving to study in London. The London Club also runs a number of sports teams, particularly golf.

The Club owns Old Anniesland, the site on which the School now stands, and is based in the pavilion. The Club runs all the facilities at Old Anniesland, including the recently constructed Jimmie Ireland Stand but excluding the school. Use of the Club's facilities is restricted to members. The Club runs a number of sports teams, although the former Glasgow High Kelvinside (GHK) rugby club merged in 1997 with rivals Glasgow Academicals FC to form Glasgow Hawks. The name was intended as an acronym of High, Accies, West (of Scotland) and Kelvinside, however West of Scotland declined the invitation to merge into the new team and continue to play separately from their ground in Bearsden. The friendly rivalry with the Glasgow Accies, based at neighbouring New Anniesland, inspired the name of the Anniesland Trophy, an annual golf competition between the Clubs.

The Club is a limited company,[6] run by a committee and a President, who is elected annually. The President for year 2012-2013 was Mr. Barrie Stobo,[7] and the Past President Mr. Colin N. Kerr.[7] The Honorary President is The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, and the Rector of the School, Mr. Colin Mair, is an ex officio member. The rest of the committee comprises three Honorary Vice Presidents, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, House Convenor, seven Ordinary Members, GHK Rugby President, Triathlon Representative, President of the Ladies' Section and President of Ladies' Hockey.[8]

The Glasgow High School Club is the former pupil club of the High School and its predecessor schools, the High School for Boys, the Girls' High School and Drewsteignton School.[6]

Glasgow High School Club
Honorary President
Barrie Stobo (2012-2013)
The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden

Glasgow High School Club

The School operates a house competition, and pupils may earn points for their house through excellence in areas such as sports, music, academia. The current holder of the overall house championship is Bannerman House. The Junior School Houses take their names from British lifeboats: Broughtyferry (red), Campbelltown (blue), Lizard (green) and Longhope (yellow).

Pupils at the School are divided into the following Houses:


The new, purpose-built Senior School (Transitus to S6) is in Old Anniesland, owned by the Glasgow High School Club (below). There have been multiple extensions to these buildings, including the two-storey science block. The Junior School (Kindergarten to P6) occupies the site of the former Drewsteignton School, on Ledcameroch Road in Old Bearsden. The Headmistress of the Junior School is Karen Waugh.

Embroidery of the School badge, showing the items from the Glasgow Story and the School's motto


In 1976, the regional council closed the Boy's High School, while the Girls' High School began admitting boys and was renamed as Cleveden Secondary School.[5] The proposed closure was met with anger from former pupils and, the day after the closure of the Boys' High School, the new, independent, co-educational High School was created, following a merger involving the former pupils' association, the Glasgow High School Club, and Drewsteignton School in Bearsden, which effectively became the new High School.

[5].Kelvindale The Glasgow High School for Girls was founded in 1894 and housed variously in Garnethill and [4] in the West End of the city.Kelvinbridge on Elmbank Street, when the latter moved to its new home in Glasgow Academy The name was changed in 1834 to The High School of Glasgow, and in 1872 it was transferred to the management of the Glasgow School Board. In 1878, the school moved into the former premises of the [4]

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