|Local authority||West Dunbartonshire|
|Website||Scottish Schools Page|
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 famed as being 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 however the location has changed and the building itself dates back to the 20th century.
Today the school enjoys a healthy reputation as one of the most successful schools in West Dunbartonshire and frequently receives positive reports from HMIE inspections.
The school currently operates a policy of inclusion, with recent initiatives, taken to increase the inclusion rate for less able pupils and decrease the rates of bullying in the school.
A new £14.8 million school building has been built on the former site.
- Patrick Harvie, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Green Party
- Douglas Gordon, Scottish Artist and Turner Prize winner from 1978-1983
- Prof John Campbell Brown, Regius Professor of Astronomy since 1996 at the University of Glasgow, Professor of Astrophysics from 1984-96, and Astronomer Royal for Scotland since 1995
- Ian Campbell, Labour MP from 1983-7 for Dumbarton, and from 1970-83 for Dunbartonshire West
- A. J. Cronin, famous novelist
- Sir Archibald Denny, ship builder
- John McAusland Denny, Conservative MP from 1895-1906 for Kilmarnock Burghs
- John Hutcheson, New Zealand politician
- Graeme Ramage, professional footballer
- Prof John Rorke CBE, Professor of Mechanical Engineering from 1980-88 at Heriot-Watt University
- David Steel, Baron Steel of Aikwood
- Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, racing driver who won three Formula One championships
- William Strang, painter
- "Dumbarton Academy - West Dunbartonshire Council". West-dunbarton.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
- "Welcome to Dumbarton Academy". West Dunbartonshire Council. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- "Dumbarton Academy Dumbarton Inspection 27/10/2009" (PDF). Educationscotland.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-07.