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.[1] The school was founded in 1468. Today it has over 1,550 pupils. The current Rector is Mr Iain Yuile.

Dunfermline High School
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FounderRichard de Bothwell
Local authorityFife Council
RectorIain Yuile


Education in Dunfermline can be traced back to the founding of a monastic grammar school within Dunfermline Abbey in 1120.[2] 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.[3]:25[4]:800 Burgh records from 1525 refer to the town school.[3]:25 Town and Abbey schools functioned in parallel until 1560 when the Abbey and its school were destroyed during the reformation.[2] Although the school in the town was established separate from the Abbey, it maintained a strong link.[2]

The makar Robert Henryson was one of the first people to hold the title "Master" of the town school.[4]:800 The school buildings were destroyed by fire in 1624.[4]: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.

In June 1939, a new building opened.[5] When a new building was constructed in 2012, this was demolished to become playing fields.[5]

The school celebrated 500 years since its official foundation in 1968.

In August 2012, the brand new £40 million Dunfermline High School was opened to pupils after many years of planning and construction.[6]

In June 2016 Ian Yuile was announced as Rector of the school.[7]

Feeder areas

The school's feeder primary schools are:
Within Dunfermline

  • Canmore Primary School
  • Commercial Primary School
  • Pitreavie Primary School
  • Masterton Primary School
  • St Leonard's Primary School

Outwith Dunfermline


Facilities include a five-a-side football pitch; a main football pitch; meeting room; free parking spaces on site; sports hall, fitness room and an assembly hall with a stage.[8]


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.

School motto

The school has two Latin mottos:

  1. Quid agis age pro viribus, meaning "Everything you do, do it with vigour".
  2. Labor Omnia Vincit, meaning "Work conquers everything".

Notable alumni

See also


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  3. Webster, James Moir (1948). Notes on the Burgh of Dunfermline (PDF). Pitcairn Publications. ISBN 9781909634138.
  4. Perry, David (1999). "Dunfermline: from 'Saracen' castle to 'populous manufacturing royal burrow'" (PDF). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 129: 779–815.
  5. "Dunfermline High learns there are plenty who want to go back to school". The Courier. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  6. Clark, Leeza (21 March 2013). "Jim Leishman opens 'flagship' Dunfermline High School". The Courier. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  7. "Weekly News 30 June 2016" (Press release). 30 June 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
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  10. "(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
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