Coleraine Academical Institution
Logo of Coleraine Grammar School after the merger between Coleraine Academical Institution and Coleraine High School
|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.
- 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