Hillhead High School
The main building of Hillhead High School
|Motto||Nous maintiendrons (French for "We will maintain")|
|Established||19th century (as Hillhead Primary School)|
|Depute Headteacher||T Gough, C McTrusty, J Meechan & H Campbell|
|Colours||Navy, black, white, pink, red and gold|
|Website||Hillhead High School|
It is one of the largest schools in Glasgow.
Until 1972 it was a co-educational selective school. It then became a comprehensive school.
In 1972 the local authority in Glasgow abolished the selectivity process and the school gradually became a comprehensive school serving its geographical catchment area of Glasgow's West End, and serving many pupils from wider afield who had attended the primary school.
The school has two buildings, the Main Building and the Terrace Building. It also uses the nearby Wellington Church for mass assemblies at October, Christmas, Easter and Summer.
The X-shaped listed Main Building, acquired in the 1930s, is the larger of the two buildings, and is where most pupils begin their studies. Most of the school's classrooms and offices are situated on its four floors. Also in the Main Building is the library, where a career and exam advisor makes biweekly appearances. The main building was designed by E G Wylie in 1921, and construction finished in 1929. It is now protected as a category B listed building.
Originally owned by the University of Glasgow, the Terrace Building was acquired by Hillhead in c.2001. This building is used primarily for applied studies.
Minority Time Activity
Hillhead High School is the only school in Glasgow which has implemented Minority Time Activity (MTA). On Friday afternoons, teachers host activities ranging from football to ten pin bowling. Students who take part in extracurricular activities can alternatively use this time for additional practice.
Notable former pupils
- Kari Corbett, actress
- Prof Jack D. Dunitz, Professor of Chemical Crystallography from 1957-90 at ETH Zurich, and known for the Bürgi–Dunitz angle
- Sir Alastair Dunnett, journalist and newspaper editor, Editor from 1956-72 of The Scotsman, and from 1946-55 of the Daily Record
- Islam Feruz, first footballer to play for Scotland under the school qualification rule
- Alexander Fleck, 1st Baron Fleck, Chairman from 1953-60 of ICI
- Laura Fraser, actress
- Janice Hally, playwright and scriptwriter
- Gilbert Highet, Anthon Professor of the Latin Language and Literature from 1950-72 at Columbia University, New York
- Prof E. A. J. Honigmann, Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature from 1970-89 at Newcastle University
- Gordon Jackson OBE, actor, noted for The Great Escape and The Professionals
- George Leslie,
- Ian MacGregor, metallurgist and industrialist, antagonist in the UK miners' strike (1984-1985), Chairman from 1983-86 of the National Coal Board, and Chief Executive from 1980-83 of the British Steel Corporation
- Harry McGowan, 1st Baron McGowan, Chairman from 1930-50 of ICI
- Alexander Mackendrick, film director
- Alistair MacLean, author
- Saul Metzstein, film director
- Edward Rosslyn Mitchell, Labour MP from 1924-29 for Paisley
- Shuna Scott Sendall, opera singer
- Walter Owen, translator of S.American poetry (Argentine gaucho epic Martin Fierro, etc.)
- Sir Horace Phillips CMG, Ambassador to Turkey from 1973–77, High Commissioner to Tanzania from 1968–72, and Ambassador to Indonesia from 1966–68
- Sir John Rennie CMG OBE, Governor of Mauritius (the last before its independence) from 1962–68
- Ian Rodger, Co-Founder of Scottish Opera 
- Prof Archie Roy,
- Robert Service, poet
- May Miles Thomas, film director
- Alexander Trocchi, novelist who wrote Young Adam
- Jean Turner, former Independent MSP from 2003-07 for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
- Jonathan Watson, comedian. (Only an Excuse?)
- James Alfred Wight OBE, writer and veterinary surgeon from 1939-90 (pen name: James Herriot)
- Sir Charles Wilson, first Vice-Chancellor from 1957-61 of the University of Leicester, then Principal of the University of Glasgow from 1961–76
- John Young, Conservative MSP from 1999-2003 for West of Scotland.
- "Hillhead High School and Entrance Lodge: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Hillhead High's official website
- Hillhead High School's page on Scottish Schools Online
- League tables for the school — Taken from BBC Education