Dundalk Grammar School
|Type||Primary, Secondary and Boarding School|
|Headmaster||Mr Cyril J Drury|
|Chairman of Governors||Dr. Laurence Swan|
|Colours||White, Navy & Blue|
|Sports||Rugby, Hockey, Soccer, Athletics, Basketball, Tennis|
Dundalk Grammar School, is a fee paying school in Dundalk, County Louth. The school is co-educational with both primary and secondary departments. It is one of a small number of schools in Ireland offering students an education from school entry (4 years) until school leaving age (18–19 years). The Junior school offers an 8 year primary programme. Most students enter the secondary school at 12 years old and complete a six-year cycle where Junior Certificate, Transition Year, and Leaving Certificate programmes are completed
Dundalk Grammar School was founded in 1739 as a Charter School by the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools in Ireland. In 1835 it was reorganised, largely by the Revd Elias Thackeray, as the Dundalk Educational Institution. It was in abeyance during World War I, and in 1921 was revived by a local committee and reconstituted as Dundalk Grammar School. This committee was later enlarged and became the Board of Governors. The Governors are assisted by the school's Board of Management, which has representatives from the Governors, staff and parents.
The school has its roots in the Church of Ireland (Anglican) tradition and now operates under a management body which reflects its Protestant ethos. The school body is multi-denominational.
Over the last two decades the number of pupils at secondary level has increased to approximately five hundred and fifty, of whom roughly one hundred are members of the boarding department which offers weekly boarding for students from 11–18 years.
Like most schools in Ireland and the UK, the students of Dundalk Grammar School wear a distinct uniform making them instantly recognisable as pupils of the School. The uniform consists of:
- Gray slacks
- White shirt
- Navy jumper with School crest
- Navy Blazer, Fleece & Rain Jacket with college crest
- School tie (Navy, Blue & White. Prefects have yellow added to their tie)
Notable past pupils
- James McCabe Reay - Supreme Court Judge (Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States)
- Richard Best - Politician and Attorney General (NI)
- Sir William Henry Thompson - Physician
- Sir Gordon Morgan Holmes - Neurologist
- Canon Rev David Henry Hall - Church of Ireland clergyman and public housing reformer
- Leslie Alexander Montgomery - Author under pseudonym Lynn C. Doyle
- Lieutenant James Samuel Emerson - posthumous recipient of Victoria Cross (France 1917)
- Lieutenant William David Kenny - posthumous recipient of Victoria Cross (India 1920)
- Eric Patton - Artist
- Maurice Sirr - Dean of St Mary's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Limerick City
- Sandra Bell - Sculptor
- Ian Clarke - Computer Scientist
- Colin O'Donoghue - Actor
- Nigel Cox - Artist
- "Dundalk Grammar School homepage". Retrieved 2007-02-13.
Since 1739 the school has been closely associated with the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools in Ireland.