Coleraine Academical Institution
|Motto||CAI "Commitment and Achievement with Integrity"|
|Headteacher||Dr. David Carruthers 2007–2015|
|Houses||White, Hunter, Huston, Clarke, Henry, McNeill|
|Colours||Maroon, White and Navy|
|Publication||"The Inst" - School Magazine|
Coleraine Academical Institution occupied a 70-acre (280,000 m2) site on the Castlerock Road, where it was founded in 1860. It was, for many years, a boarding school until the boarding department closed in 1999. It was one of eight Northern Irish schools represented on the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC). The school had an enrolment of 778 pupils, aged 11–19, as of 2012. The school was generally regarded for its high academic standards and extensive sporting facilities, including 33-acre (130,000 m2) playing fields, indoor swimming pool, boat house, rugby pavilion, sports pavilion and gymnasium. The school has an extensive past pupil organisation, "The Coleraine Old Boys' Association", which has several branches across the world.
Coleraine Inst was nine times winner of the Ulster Schools Cup, the world's second oldest rugby competition. The school competed in the competition every year since 1876.
As part of a general reorganization of schools in the Belfast area over a number of years, Coleraine Academical Institute was merged in September 2015 with Coleraine High School on Coleraine's Lodge Road and became a fully boys' and girls' grammar school called Coleraine Grammar School.
Over the years the school has had nine headmasters spanning the school's existence over 150 years.
- (1860 – 1870) Alex Waugh Young was CAI's founding principal and very little is known of him.
- (1870 – 1915) Thomas Galway Houston, OBE, MA, FRSAI Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland served the school for 45 years, enjoying a long retirement in Portstewart until his death in 1939 at the age of 96. Houston served as a member of the Senate in the Stormont Parliament for Queen's University, Belfast.
- (1915 – 1927) Thomas James Beare – affectionately known as "Tommy John" – had a rather shorter tenure in office, until his premature retirement on health grounds in 1927.
- (1927 – 1955) Major William White – "The Chief" to generations of boys who both admired and feared him.
- (1955 – 1979) Dr George Humphreys, by whom the major physical expansion of the school was guided. Previously on the staff at Campbell College, Belfast, it was during his Headmastership that Inst became an H.M.C. school.
- (1979 – 1984) Dr Robert F. J. Rodgers, former headmaster of Bangor Grammar School, was headmaster of Inst until his appointment as Principal of Stranmillis Training College, Belfast.
- (1984 – 2003) R. Stanley Forsythe was appointed following a ten-year period as headmaster of The Royal School, Dungannon and remained in post until retirement.
- (2004 – 2007) Leonard F. Quigg was the first headmaster in the school's history to have been promoted 'from within the ranks'. Quigg served as an assistant master, Head of English, Senior Master, as both junior and senior Vice Principal before his appointment as headmaster in January 2004. Mr Quigg retired in 2007.
- (2007–present) Dr David Carruthers is CAI's current headmaster. He was previously the Head of Mathematics at Royal Belfast Academical Institution.
School houses are named after former masters and play little, if any, part in everyday life in the school. The main event of the year for house competitions is the annual Sports Day. The houses are White (Red shirt ironically), Hunter (Dark Blue), Clarke (Light Blue), Houston (Light green), Henry (Dark green) and McNeill (Yellow)
Much importance was placed upon the neatness of boys' appearance. School colours were maroon, white and navy. Uniform consists of the standard school blazer, standard black flannels, grey shirt (for years 8, 9 and 10) or white shirt (for years 11 to 14); the school tie and a light grey v-necked pullover (although boys in Years 13 and 14 may wear a navy pullover).
As a boy progresses through the school, he can earn honours through excellence in sport and/or the arts. There are Junior Colours, allowing a boy in the junior years to wear a junior colours tie, and Senior Colours for boys in the senior years (year 11 to year 14). In addition, there are honours blazers. These are awarded to boys in the sixth form who have contributed significantly to the school through sport or the arts. A pupil gaining such honours is entitled to wear a blue honours blazer. There are also Representative Honours for pupils who have represented the school in National or International finals. This is also a blue honours blazer, but with the representation stitched below the CAI crest.
A team of five upper sixth boys from the school called "Team FUGA" competed in the F1 in Schools competition, and won the international finals in 2007, meriting a second team competing in the Malaysian World Championships the following year.
At the annual Coleraine Sports Council Awards Dinner 2008, the previous year's CAI Junior 18 Quad were winners of the Junior Team Award. CAI head rowing coach, Bobby Platt (MBE), received the Coach of the Year Award. CAI's three 'old boys' who rowed at the Beijing Olympics: Richard Archibald, Alan Campbell and Richard Chambers, all collected Chairman's Awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements.At the London 2012 Olympics Campbell won bronze in the single sculls finals and Chambers silver in the lightweight fours finals.
Coleraine Academical Institution continues to send its sportsmen to participate in rugby and rowing teams representing both Ulster and Ireland; a long-standing achievement of the school.
- John Bodkin Adams, suspected serial killer
- Richard Archibald, Irish Olympic rower 2004 and 2008. World silver medallist 2005, bronze medallist 2006
- Sir Dawson Bates, 1st Baronet, politician
- Air Marshal Sir George Beamish
- Victor Beamish RAF ace fighter pilot in WWII
- David Burnside, Ulster Unionist Party MLA and former MP
- Alan Campbell, 2004, 2008 and 2012 (bronze)Olympic rower, 2006 world champion, 2007 Henley diamond scull winner
- Mark Carruthers, TV presenter/personality
- Peter Chambers, 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic Silver rower
- Richard Chambers, 2007 World Champion and 2008 and 2012 (silver) Olympic rower
- Major General Ed Davis, Commandant General Royal Marinescurrently Governor of Gibraltar
- John Clarke Davison, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)politician
- Barry Hunter, former Northern Ireland international footballer
- Chris Hunter, British chemist and academic
- David McClarty, UUP MLA for Londonderry East
- Brigadier Mervyn McCord, CBE, MC, ADC, former Commanding Officer of the Ulster Defence Regiment
- Graeme McDowell, Ryder Cup golfer and U.S. Open winner
- James Nesbitt, film and TV actor
- Jim Shannon, Democratic Unionist Party MP for Strangford
- Tommy Sheppard, Scottish National Party MP for Edinburgh East.
- James Stewart, celebrity divorce lawyer one of four family lawyers responsible for bringing Collaborative Divorce first to England, and then to all of Europe
- Andrew Trimble, rugby union player
- "Belfast schools 'on move' as part of education shake-up". Belfast Telegraph, by Lindsay Fergus 27/02/2013
- "New school name announced". Coleraine Times
- School history
- Cullen, Pamela V., "A Stranger in Blood: The Case Files on Dr John Bodkin Adams", London, Elliott & Thompson, 2006, ISBN 1-904027-19-9
- British International Rowing Office
- Irish Times