Our Lady's High School, Motherwell
|Motto||Mary Seat of Wisdom|
|Local authority||North Lanarkshire Council|
|Colours||Red [Andrew], green [Sinclair], blue [Margaret], yellow [Columba]|
Our Lady's High School is a Roman Catholic secondary school for 11-18 year olds in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, that is close to Fir Park stadium. The school educates around 675 pupils. The headteacher is Kathleen Sinclair.
The school was established in 1888, making it one of the oldest Roman Catholic secondary schools in Scotland. It was originally an all-boys school. The current building on Dalzell Drive was built in 1974. In 1975, Our Lady's made it into the Guinness Book of Records, having a school roll of 2,325 pupils, the largest school in Scotland.
Since 1997, Our Lady's has shared its accommodation with Bothwellpark High School which caters for students who require extra educational support.
The school has a partnership with the Uganda based Kamwokya Christian Caring Community and regularly sends pupils and staff to the region to help the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund in providing aid for poor families.
The four school houses are named after famous holy people with ties to Scotland, St Columba, St Andrew, St Margaret (Queen of Scotland), and venerable Margaret Sinclair, with house colours being Red, Green, Blue, and yellow respectively.
The school wind band achieved a gold at the National Concert Band Festival in 2005-06. On 30 March 2007 the band attained a gold award at the Festival and then won the Lanarkshire Youth Musical Award for 2007. It also has a growing Drama department, with shows such as Oliver! and Guys and Dolls.
Notable former pupils
- Sir Matt Busby, manager of Manchester United
- Martin Ledwith, actor
- Bobby Murdoch, footballer for Celtic and Scotland
- Billy McNeill, footballer for Celtic and Scotland
- Brian McCardie, actor
- Stephen Pearson, footballer
- Frank Roy, Member of Parliament
- Cardinal Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow
- BBC Education League Tables.
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- "PEARSON OUT TO REPEAT CUP HEROICS". Sporting Life. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
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- "Obituary: Cardinal Thomas Winning". The Independent. 19 June 2001. Retrieved 2008-03-24.[dead link]