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|Motto||Fortitudo et Fidelitas|
|Local authority||West Dunbartonshire|
|Head teacher||Claire McInally|
|Age||11 to 18|
The school is situated near the railway off the B830 in the east of Dumbarton. St James Retail Park is on the opposite side of the North Clyde Line.
Dumbarton Academy is one of the oldest educational establishments in Scotland, with the town of Dumbarton acting as the "ancient capital of Strathclyde". The academy was opened in the 1600s, but the location has changed and the building itself dates back to the 20th century.
The school received a positive report from the 2009 HMIE inspection.
The school currently operates a policy of inclusion with recent initiatives taken to increase the inclusion rate for less able pupils and decrease the rate of bullying in the school.
A new £14.8 million school building has been built on the former site.
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- Professor John Campbell Brown, Regius Professor of Astronomy since 1996 at the University of Glasgow, Professor of Astrophysics 1984-96, and Astronomer Royal for Scotland since 1995
- Ian Campbell, Labour MP 1983-87 for Dumbarton, and 1970-83 for Dunbartonshire West
- A. J. Cronin, novelist
- Sir Archibald Denny, ship builder
- John McAusland Denny, Conservative MP 1895-1906 for Kilmarnock Burghs
- Douglas Gordon, Scottish artist and Turner Prize winner, 1978-1983
- Patrick Harvie, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party
- John Hutcheson, New Zealand politician
- Graeme Ramage, professional footballer
- Professor John Rorke CBE, Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1980-88 at Heriot-Watt University
- David Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood
- Sir Jackie Stewart, racing driver who won three Formula One championships
- William Strang, painter
- "Dumbarton Academy". West Dunbartonshire Council. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
- "Dumbarton Academy". West Dunbartonshire Council. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "Dumbarton Academy Dumbarton Inspection 27/10/2009" (PDF). Educationscotland.gov.uk. 27 October 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 7 July 2016.