Boroughmuir High School

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Boroughmuir High School
Boroughmuir High School.jpg
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 moved to its current site in 1913. Both buildings were designed by John Alexander Carfrae.[2]

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.[3]

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.


It has an atrium where assemblies take place. Pupils doing physical education normally have to travel to sports centres outside school, usually Meggetland, Meadowbank, The Crags Sports Centre, and the Royal Commonwealth Pool. The main entrance is on Viewforth, and is near to Bruntsfield Primary School. There are plans for a new building, as a site has been secured where an old brewery was.

The outer C.D.T. building houses a small IT suite, mainly used for CAD and design work.

The school also uses an annexe - St Oswald's Church Hall - as its drama department. The site is occasionally used for various other events including musical performances, SQA exams and after-school plays. The annex has two halls, each with a proscenium arch stage, lighting and sound systems.

New school building[edit]

A new building for Boroughmuir High School was proposed to the Edinburgh City Council on 11 January 2013. It is due to open in 2016, but has been pushed back to 2017.[4] The site for this new building is near the current site.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Boroughmuir High School Informational Page from Scottish Schools Online". Scottish Schools Online. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects[page needed]
  3. ^ "School Exam Performance 2011". 
  4. ^ "Proposal of a New Borughmuir High School - Important Dates". Edinburgh City Council Planning and Building Standards Online Services. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Proposal of a new Borough High School - Location" (PDF). Edinburgh City Council. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Scotland Under-19 coach watching Hearts' starlets". Edinburgh Evening News. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ | date=2010-02-13 |accessdate=2013-01-23
  9. ^ "Personal Information". 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  10. ^ 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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  12. ^ "Franklin Laureate Database". Website. Franklin Institute. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "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