Boroughmuir High School

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Boroughmuir High School
Motto Justus et Tenax
(Latin: "Just and Tenacious")
Established 1904
Headteacher David Dempster
Location 26 Viewforth
EH10 4LR
Staff 80
Students 1140[1]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Westhall, Hartington, Viewforth, Leamington
Colours Green, navy and black
Publication The Crest Newspaper

Boroughmuir High School is a non-denominational secondary school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was founded in 1904, and located at 22–24 Warrender Park Crescent, overlooking Bruntsfield Links, in a building designed by John Alexander Carfrae.[2] The school moved to its current site at 26 Viewforth, also designed by Carfrae, in 1913.[3]

Its catchment area is in the south side of the city, and includes Bruntsfield, Buckstone, and South Morningside Primary Schools. In 2011 Boroughmuir's exam results were the fourth best state school results in Scotland.[4]

David Dempster is Head Teacher.


Boroughmuir High School acquired the team Boroughmuir RFC in 1913, which is based at the Meggetland Sports Complex, as well as operating U15 (Under 15s) and U18 clubs as after-school activities.


Each pupil is assigned to a house named after streets surrounding the school – Leamington (yellow), Viewforth (green), Hartington (blue), and Westhall (Red). The houses Bruntsfield and Montpelier were removed by David Dempster in 2013 and their remaining members were distributed among the remaining houses.

New school building[edit]

A new building for Boroughmuir High School was proposed to the Edinburgh City Council on 11 January 2013. It opened in 2018.[5] The site for this new building is near the current site.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Edinburgh, 22–24 Warrender Park Crescent, Boroughmuir School". Canmore. Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Edinburgh, 26 Viewforth, Boroughmuir High School". Canmore. Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "School Exam Performance 2011". 
  5. ^ "Proposal of a New Borughmuir High School – Important Dates". Edinburgh City Council Planning and Building Standards Online Services. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Proposal of a new Borough High School – Location" (PDF). Edinburgh City Council. Retrieved 19 January 2013. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Scotland Under-19 coach watching Hearts' starlets". Edinburgh Evening News. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "I didn't deserve OBE; Scots actress Annette Crosbie didn't think she'd worked hard enough for a gong. – Free Online Library". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
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  10. ^ "Personal Information". 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  11. ^ "William Matheson". The Herald. 2 December 1995. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  12. ^ Published on Thursday 1 May 2008 10:16 (2008-05-01). "Hearts youngster Scott knows his work is only just beginning – Sport". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
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  14. ^ "Franklin Laureate Database". Website. Franklin Institute. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Obituary: Robin M Hochstrasser". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 55°56′17.33″N 3°12′31.88″W / 55.9381472°N 3.2088556°W / 55.9381472; -3.2088556