|Motto||Spe et labore
By hope and work
|Established||31 August 1885|
|Deputy Rector||Peter Murphy|
|Deputy Head||Angela White|
|Deputy Head||Gerry Quinn|
|Location||Lawton Road (2013—16)
|Colours||Maroon, Gold, Black|
Harris Academy is a co-educational comprehensive school in the West End of Dundee, Scotland.
The school's current rector is James Thewliss.
Harris Academy has a house system which allocates each pupil to one of four houses, named Birnam, Cawdor, Forres and Kinloch. The former three come from houses in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". The latter comes from the name of George Kinloch, former MP and reformer in Dundee and from the village of Kinloch. Each of the houses has an associated colour, Birnam - Red, Cawdor - Yellow, Forres - Green, Kinloch - Blue. Each house competes against each other in Interhouse competitions; both sporting and academic. They receive points for their success, and at the end of the year, the points are totalled to declare the winner of the house championship.
The school's rector is supported by one Depute Rector, and four House Heads.
It was established on 31 August 1885 through a bequest from corn-merchant and mill owner William Harris. The original building was in Park Place and the school moved to its present building in Perth Road in 1931. Harris Academy moved to Lawton Road in 2013 as its former Perth Road building gets revamped.
On the evening hours on 15 September 2013, Harris Academy's former Perth Road building was lit on fire, a few classrooms on the first and middle floor were suffered. The fire was put out quickly with the police and fire bergade currently investigating.
Senior Secondary School
Harris Academy was a selective secondary school until it became a comprehensive in 1973.
The last intake to its Primary Department was August 1955.
The uniform of Harris Academy is a three button blazer in maroon with the school badge embroidered on the left front pocket. It is compulsory for pupils to wear a white shirt with black trousers or skirt but not the maroon blazer. Prefects wear yellow bands on the arms of their blazers. The Harris tie is a maroon tie striped with yellow and black.
Buildings and grounds
The main building was built in 1931 after the school population outgrew the previous Park Place building. The current building houses the Modern Languages department, the Social Subjects departments, the Science departments, The Religious Education department, the Craft and Design department, the Mathematics department, Assembly Hall, the Guidance base, Year-Heads' offices, and the Rector's office.
The Crawford Lodge annex to the west of the main school was purchased by the Town Council in 1946 as an extension to the school. Classics and modern languages were taught there. It was burnt down in 1958 and remained a shell till it was replaced by the new buildings in the late 1960s. This houses the Computing and Business Studies departments, the Home Economics department, the English department, the Art department, the school library, the careers base, the Dining hall, two of the three gyms, and the school's swimming pool.
In addition to these there is also a Music Block housing the Music department as well as rooms for music tuition; and a substantial Games Hall building with a fitness room. The school has access to a wrought-iron footbridge over the Dundee-Perth railway line to playing fields at the Riverside.
Not far from the school are the school sports grounds at Elliot Road. These include a recently-improved pavilion, a rugby pitch and several football or hockey fields. In summer time, it is converted to Athletics tracks.
In the late 1970s the school experienced a boom in numbers, as a result of its conversion from a Senior Secondary School to a comprehensive school (it was never known as a 'grammar school'). In addition to its Perth Road buildings, Harris Academy took over the premises of Logie Junior Secondary School on Blackness Road, Dundee.
The school was split with 1st and 2nd years attending Harris Academy in the Blackness annexe, 3rd to 6th Years continued at the Perth Road building. Mini-buses provided transport for staff between the two locations by Red Line Coaches. The Logie building burnt down in 2001 and teaching is now entirely centred in the Perth Road campus.
Harris Academy moved to new temporary premises, at the old Rockwell Academy building, in Lawton Road on 15 August 2013 and will remain there until August 2016 when the new Harris Academy is built at the Perth Road site.
Notable former pupils
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Former pupils of notability include:
- Alfred Anderson, Scotland's last known WWI veteran, and Scotland's oldest man in 2005
- Craig Brewster (born 1966), football player and manager
- Jonathan Brown (born 1987) now a professional wrestler
- Mick Cooke (born December 15, 1973) is the trumpet player of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian
- James Crabb (born 1967), classical accordion player
- Christian Dailly (born 1973), international football player
- Stefani Dailly (born 1978) STV North sports reporter and relief presenter
- Arthur Donaldson, Leader from 1960-69 of the SNP
- Donald Findlay, QC (born 1951), senior advocate, Rector of the University of St Andrews, and broadcaster
- Charles Finnigan CB, (1901-1967) Surgeon Rear-Adm
- George Galloway (born 1954) British politician, author, journalist and broadcaster, Member of Parliament (MP) - RESPECT Party
- David W. Garland (born 1955) academic and author, currently based in New York.
- Fred Hartley (1905–1980) composer, pianist and music administrator
- Craig Ireland (born 29 November 1975 in Dundee) is a former Scottish professional football player
- James Mann, marine painter
- Bruce Millan (born 1927), former Scottish Labour Party politician, MP from 1959-83 for Glasgow Craigton, and from 1983-8 for Glasgow Govan, and Secretary of State for Scotland from 1976-9
- Steven Morrison, musician (member of The View)
- Harold Plenderleith CBE, conservationist and archaeologist
- Bill Skelly, HM Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland since 2009
- Norman Kemp Smith, philosopher
- Lee Wilkie (born 1980), international football player
- Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/locreg/FINNIGAN.shtml - accessed 25.03.2013