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The High School of Glasgow

Motto Sursum Semper
(Ever Upward)
Established 1124
Type Independent
Gender Mixed
Chairman Mr. Brian Adair
Rector Mr. Colin Mair
Founder Glasgow Cathedral
Students Approximately 700 pupils
Location Old Anniesland
637 Crow Road,
Glasgow, Scotland
Primary P1 - P6
Secondary Transitus - S6
Website www.glasgowhigh.com

The High School of Glasgow is an independent, co-educational day school in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded as the Choir School of Glasgow Cathedral in around 1124, it is the oldest school in Scotland, and the twelfth oldest in the United Kingdom. It remained part of the Church as the city's grammar school until coming under local authority control in 1872, and was privatised in 1976. 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 Lord Presidents 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 Mr. Colin Mair.



The original school was founded as the Choir School of Glasgow Cathedral in around 1124, and later became known as Glasgow Grammar School. It was housed in Greyfriar's Wynd until 1782, when it moved to new purpose-built accommodation in George Street, moving again in 1821 to new premises between John Street and Montrose Street.[3] 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 Glasgow Academy on Elmbank Street, when the latter moved to its new home in Kelvinbridge in the West End of the city.[3] The Glasgow High School for Girls was founded in 1894 and housed variously in Garnethill and Kelvindale.[4]

In 1976, the City Council reorganised education in Glasgow along comprehensive lines and closed the Boy's High School, while the Girls' High School began admitting boys and was renamed, as Cleveden Secondary School.[4] 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 came into being, following a merger involving the former pupils' association, the Glasgow High School Club, and Drewsteignton School in Bearsden.


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

The new, purpose-built Senior School (Transitus to S6) is set among the playing-fields of Old Anniesland, owned by the Glasgow High School Club (below). There have been multiple extensions to these buildings, including the newly finished two-storey science block. The Junior School (Kindergarten to P6) occupies the site of the former Drewsteignton School, on Ledcameroch Road in Old Bearsden, and recently underwent extension work. The Headmistress of the Junior School is Mrs. Karen Waugh. Many of the extensions to the school, including the current expansion of science facilities, have been made possible through the generous funding of former pupils and parents.

The School maintains the Christian nature of its foundation in Glasgow Cathedral. The Senior School holds daily whole-school assemblies, which include hymns and a reading as well as announcements and the presentation of awards achieved by pupils in curricular or extra-curricular activities.


Pupils at the School are divided into the following Houses:

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).

School song

The text of the school song is presented here:


O, Alma Mater, glorious,
So great, so grave, so good,
We hail thy name victorious
With joy, with gratitude.
To those who trustful founded'
Thy walls beloved be
Renown and love unbounded,
Unbounded love to thee.


To those who follow after,
To fill the place we fill,
Who come with shout and laughter,
For ours that shall be still,
We trust this sacred mission,
Pray God when we are gone,
They raise the high tradition,
And pass it glorious on.

The Song is sung principally at the annual Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service in September and at Prizegiving at the end of the school year in June, and occasionally at sporting events.

Glasgow High School Club

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Glasgow High School Club
Location Old Anniesland, Glasgow
Country Scotland, United Kingdom
Honorary President The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden
President Mr. Eric Hugh
Website www.glasgowhigh.co.uk

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.[5]

The Club is a limited company,[5] run by a committee and a President, who is elected annually. The current President is Mr. Eric Hugh, and the Past President The Right Honourable Lord Philip. 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.[6]

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 also has an active London branch, The London Club,[7] 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.

Notable alumni

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.











  • Jimmie Ireland, Scotland rugby player, after whom the Jimmie Ireland Stand at Old Anniesland is named
  • Alison Sheppard, Olympic and Commonwealth swimmer

Notable Staff


External links

Coordinates: 55°53′13″N 4°19′38″W / 55.88694°N 4.32722°W / 55.88694; -4.32722


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