Ballyclare High School

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Coordinates: 54°45′14″N 6°00′07″W / 54.754°N 6.002°W / 54.754; -6.002

Ballyclare High School
Ballyclare, Northern Ireland
Type Grammar school
Motto Industria et Probitate
School district NEELB
Head of school David Knox
Enrollment 1210
Colour(s) Navy and red

Ballyclare High School' is a co-educational, non-denominational grammar school in Ballyclare, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. There are approximately 1,200 pupils at the school, taught by around 90 teachers.


The school was opened in the 1890s in the village of Doagh, a few miles south-west of Ballyclare. In 1904 it moved to Ballyclare itself, and in 1930, the school finally moved to its current premises on the Rashee Road in the town. In 2006, the school was awarded Investor in People.[1]


The Medallion (under 15) team won the Medallion Shield in 1990 when Coleraine Academical Institution were beaten 8-4 in the final at Ravenhill. The subsidiary Medallion Plate competition has been won four times in 1992, 1997, 1999 and 2003.[2][3][4][5][6]

In boys' hockey, the school won the Burney Cup in 1931 and 1935.[7][8] Girls hockey has risen to prominence in recent times, with the 1st team reaching the Ulster Schools Cup final in 2007.[9] In 2012 the senior girls 1st XI won the Ulster Senior Schoolgirls' Cup.


Uniform is compulsory at Ballyclare High School. All pupils wear a blazer - black for boys and navy for girls - with the school logo emblazoned on a pocket on the left. Special Emblems are worn by students who have received awards from the school, and those who represent the school for Ulster or Ireland may be awarded an "honours blazer" - this is a red blazer with an honours pocket.

Ties must be worn for all pupils. In first to fifth year, ties are diagonal stripes of the school's colours, red and navy. In Lower Sixth, pupils wear a tie that is mostly navy with intermittent, thin red stripes as well as a representation of the Ballyclare Mill which can be seen in the school's emblem. The Upper Sixth tie is similar to the first to fifth form tie, with a similar mill emblem to the Lower Sixth tie.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable Ballyclare High School Alumni
Name Career Years of attendance
Stephen Boyd[10] Hollywood actor (birth name William Millar). 1940s
Kristyn Getty Christian singer-song writer.
Dick Strawbridge Retired army officer, TV personality, environmentalist. 1970s
Tommy Wright (Northern Ireland footballer) Newcastle United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper. 1974-1980
Mike Broers Professor of History, Oxford University. 1969-1973
John Dundee Noted anesthetist and medical researcher.

School leadership[edit]


  • 1902-1923 Catherine Aiken
  • 1923-1939 Arthur Foweather
  • 1939-1966 Russell
  • 1966-1970 Joseph Williams
  • 1970-1971 Herbert Mudd (acting principal)
  • 1971-1990 G C G Millar
  • 1990-2000 Robert FitzPatrick
  • 2000–Present D A Knox


  1. ^ " 2006 investors in people awards". Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  2. ^ "High School hold on to lift Medallion Plate". Newtownabbey Times. 26 March 1992. p. 56. 
  3. ^ Belfast Newsletter. 21 March 1997. p. 36. 
  4. ^ "Ballyclare take the honours at Ravenhill...". Newtownabbey Times. 25 March 1999. p. 62. 
  5. ^ "2003 Medallion Shield". BBC Sport. 13 March 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ulster Rugby website Medallion Plate Result 2003". Ulster Rugby. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Northern Whig & Belfast Post. 11 April 1931. p. 5. 
  8. ^ Belfast Newsletter. 5 March 1935. p. 2. 
  9. ^ "Right Royal win for girls". Belfast Newsletter. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Stephen Boyd Biography". 

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