Dunfermline High School
Dunfermline High School is one of four main high schools located in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. The school also caters for pupils from Kincardine, Rosyth and surrounding villages. The school was founded in 1468. Today it has over 1,550 pupils. The current Rector is Mr Iain Yuile.
|Dunfermline High School|
Jennie Rennies Road
|Founder||Richard de Bothwell|
|Local authority||Fife Council|
Education in Dunfermline can be traced back to the founding of a monastic grammar school within Dunfermline Abbey in 1120. King David I (son of Queen Margaret and Malcolm Canmore) initially put up the money to found a school as part of the wider operations of Dunfermline Abbey in the early 1120s.
In 1468, the will of the Abbot Richard de Bothwell made provision for a house and income for a schoolmaster.:25:800 Burgh records from 1525 refer to the town school.:25 Town and Abbey schools functioned in parallel until 1560 when the Abbey and its school were destroyed during the reformation. Although the school in the town was established separate from the Abbey, it maintained a strong link.
The makar Robert Henryson was one of the first people to hold the title "Master" of the town school.:800 The school buildings were destroyed by fire in 1624.:800 The school was reconstituted by Queen Anne of Denmark in the 16th century. It is from these people, who shaped the school in the first 800 years of its life, that the house names come from: Canmore, Queen Margaret, Bothwell, and Henryson. Denmark house ceased to exist after restructuring of the school. The school went on to be known as the High School.
The school celebrated 500 years since its official foundation in 1968.
The school's feeder primary schools are:
- Canmore Primary School
- Commercial Primary School
- Pitreavie Primary School
- Masterton Primary School
- St Leonard's Primary School
The school badge is made up from the crest of Malcolm Canmore, the Queen Margaret Cross and the symbol of Abbot Bothwell. The two typical colours featured as part of the school blazer and ties are black and "gold" which is more or less yellow. In 2008, a second 'senior tie' was introduced which features the school's crest.
The school has two Latin mottos:
- Quid agis age pro viribus, meaning "Everything you do, do it with vigour".
- Labor Omnia Vincit, meaning "Work conquers everything".
- Phil Gallie (1939–2011), Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayr 1992–97 and Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South Scotland region 1999–2007
- Malcolm Grant (born 1944), Anglican priest
- Ian Jack (born 1945), journalist and writer who edited the Independent on Sunday 1991–95 and Granta 1995–2007
- Sir William Kininmonth (1904–1988), architect who mixed a modern style with Scottish vernacular
- Billy Liddell (1922–2001), Scottish footballer who played his entire professional career with Liverpool F.C.
- Tom Nairn (born 1932), Scottish political theorist of nationalism
- Thomas Shaw, 1st Baron Craigmyle (1850–1937), radical Liberal Party politician, MP for Hawick Burghs 1892–1909, and Law Lord 1909–29
- Moira Shearer, Lady Kennedy (1926–2006), ballet dancer and actress.
- Alan Turnbull, Lord Turnbull, lawyer, and Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of Scotland's Supreme Courts
- Michael Scott Weir (1925–2006), United Kingdom's ambassador to Egypt 1979–1985
- Greg Fleming (born 1986), football goalkeeper (notably Gretna, Ayr Utd)
- Craig Wilson (born 1986), footballer (notably Dunfermline, Raith)
- Andrew Wyllie CBE, civil engineer, CEO of the Costain Group and 154th president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
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