Boroughmuir High School

Boroughmuir High School is a non-denominational secondary school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was founded in 1904, and located at 22–24 Warrender Park Crescent, overlooking Bruntsfield Links, in a building designed by John Alexander Carfrae.[2] The school moved to its current site at 26 Viewforth, also designed by Carfrae, in 1913.[3]

Boroughmuir High School
26 Viewforth

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MottoJustus et Tenax
(Latin: "Just and Tenacious")
HeadteacherDavid Dempster
Age11 to 18
HousesWesthall, Hartington, Viewforth, Leamington, Montpelier
Colour(s)Green, navy and black
PublicationThe Crest Newspaper

Its catchment area is in the south side of the city, and includes Bruntsfield, Buckstone, and South Morningside Primary Schools. In 2011 Boroughmuir's exam results were the fourth best state school results in Scotland.[4] Boroughmuir High School was also awarded the high achievement of State School of the Year in November 2012, by the Sunday Times Newspaper.[5]

David Dempster is Head Teacher.

"Vassals of the Muir" is the official Boroughmuir school song.[6]


Boroughmuir High School acquired the team Boroughmuir RFC in 1913, which is based at the Meggetland Sports Complex, as well as operating U15 (Under 15s) and U18 clubs as after-school activities.


Pupils are required to wear the school tie: it has green and black stripes for students in S1 to S4 and is green with the crest in S5 and S6. A blazer was introduced in 2015 and made obligatory in 2016.


Each pupil is assigned to a house named after streets surrounding the school – Leamington (yellow), Viewforth (green), Hartington (blue), Westhall (Red) and Montpelier. (Purple). The houses Bruntsfield and Montpelier were removed by David Dempster in 2013 and their remaining members were distributed among the remaining houses. Montpelier was recreated in 2018 to cope with an influx of new pupils, however this addition to the school was rather controversial and received a lot of backlash from pupils and staff. This resulted in pupils creating a petition to undo the addition of the house, this petition received 200+ signatures but ultimately failed after a meeting with head teacher David Dempster.

New school building

A new building for Boroughmuir High School was proposed to the Edinburgh City Council on 11 January 2013. It opened in February 2018.[7] The site for this new building is near the current site.[8]

Notable alumni


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  8. "Proposal of a new Borough High School – Location" (PDF). Edinburgh City Council. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  9. "Scotland Under-19 coach watching Hearts' starlets". Edinburgh Evening News. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  10. "I didn't deserve OBE; Scots actress Annette Crosbie didn't think she'd worked hard enough for a gong. – Free Online Library". Retrieved 17 August 2012.
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  13. "William Matheson". The Herald. 2 December 1995. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  14. Published on Thursday 1 May 2008 10:16 (1 May 2008). "Hearts youngster Scott knows his work is only just beginning – Sport". Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  16. "Franklin Laureate Database". Website. Franklin Institute. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  17. "Obituary: Robin M Hochstrasser". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 March 2013.

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