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|Head teacher||Joanne Dillon|
|Number of students||547|
|Houses||Barrie, Haining and Laurie (formerly Criffel, Nithsdale and Solway)|
|School colour(s)||Maroon and Black|
Dumfries Academy is one of four secondary schools in Dumfries in south west Scotland. It is a state funded secondary school for both girls and boys. The schools moto is "doctrina promovet" which translates from Latin to "learning promotes" which the school emphases within their "vision, values and aims". There are two notable buildings; the Minerva Building 1895-7 by F J C Carruthers and a later building by County Architect John R Hill, 1936.
Dumfries Academy dates back to the 14th century, making it the earliest school in the Dumfries area. The school has occupied a number of different buildings, and has existed in its present form since 1804.
Early records show that John of Greyfriars, a monk, was appointed rector of a new school in Dumfries in 1330. Being a church school it concentrated on the study of religious texts, but in the centuries which followed other schools built in the town which taught subjects such as brewing, mathematics, English, baking, and needlework became integrated into the Academy building.
The Academy operated as a grammar school for those in Dumfries deemed academically gifted as based on exam results until July 1983. The most gifted students from three surrounding secondary schools transferred to the Academy after second year. As a result, Dumfries Academy had the highest rate of university entrance of any state school for many years.
The Minerva building
The oldest building currently part of the school is the Minerva building. It was designed by prolific local architect F J C Carruthers, and built in 1895 -97 by stonemasons Houston and Robison. This is a two storey building red sandstone in the English Baroque style with ornate carvings by sculptor James H. Douglas of Carlisle. The dome of the building features a gilded teak statue of Minerva, representing learning, from which the building gets its name. It was sculpted by Mr. Craig from Glasgow, following from the original architectural drawings by Carruthers. The Minerva building also features winged lions on either side of the door, and others around the cupola. There is an extensive description in Buildings of Scotland: Dumfries and Galloway by John Gifford.
The current uniform of Dumfries Academy consists of a white shirt, black trousers or skirt, a black blazer with the school crest attached and a maroon and black striped tie. During the 2006-2007 academic year, a senior tie consisting of a black background with white and maroon stripes and the school crest was introduced, to go along with the junior tie consisting of a maroon background with white and black stripes with the school crest. Junior Pupils from S1-S3 wear the junior tie and senior pupils from S4-6 wear the senior tie. S6 pupils that are either head pupils or deputy head pupils will also wear stripes on their uniform, two stripes for head pupils and one for deputy head pupils.
Dumfries Academy today
The Academy has been a six-year comprehensive school since July 1985 serving part of the Burgh of Dumfries and surrounding rural communities, with an average roll of over 600 pupils and around 50 teaching staff. Students are placed into one of three houses in their first year; Barrie, Haining and Laurie, which are named after influential pupils that attended the school.
They place particular emphasis on their "Vision, Values and Aims,".The schools Vision is "to promote and value learning as a means of improving our chances of achieving success in school,our community and in our future lives". The school has 5 Values which are: respect, ambition, compassion, fairness and responsibility.The school also has 6 aims which are:-"to include all young people so that the achieve to the best of their ability.-to make learning a meaningful and enjoyable experience for all.- to motivate, challenge and encourage people to be, creative,enterprising,objective and independent learners.- To build a curriculum that enables all young people to develop skills for, life learning, and work.-To work with our parents to build a strong school community that supports and cares for all our young people.-to aim for continuous improvement in all we do.
- Sir James Anderson, who captained the SS Great Eastern on the Transatlantic telegraph cable laying voyages in 1865 and 1866
- Sir J.M.Barrie - writer of Peter Pan attended the school from 1873, and it was here where his first play Bandelero the Bandit was performed by the Dumfries Amateur Dramatic Club in 1877
- Dr Aglionby Ross Carson, rector from 1801
- Sir James Crichton-Browne, eminent psychiatrist and president of the Medico-Psychological Association
- Rev. Dr. Henry Duncan, founder of the first savings bank
- James Oswald Dykes, ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1859
- Maurice Elliott, professional footballer
- Christian Jane Fergusson, artist
- Ian Gibson
- Alex Graham, cartoonist best known for the Fred Basset series
- Jane Haining, Church of Scotland missionary who ultimately lost her life to the Nazis rather than betray her convictions
- Dave Halliday, one of the highest goal scorers in UK football history and manager of Aberdeen to the Scottish League championship
- Grant Hanley, professional footballer, Scotland internationalist
- John Hanson, singer
- Sir Alexander Knox Helm, civil servant who held several important diplomatic posts
- Davie Irons, professional footballer and manager
- Stephen Jardine, TV presenter
- John Laurie, actor famous for Dad's Army
- Lex Law, ex professional footballer and age group internationalist
- Hugh McMillan, poet and now teacher at Dumfries Academy
- Barry Nicholson, Scottish international footballer
- Neil Oliver, archaeologist and author best known for his television work on the BBC series Coast and Two Men In A Trench
- Don Peattie, ex professional association footballer and now Head of Sport at City of Sunderland College
- Robin Philipson, artist
- Dougie Sharpe, Scottish Football League internationalist
- Ben Trueman, Hotel Babylon fictional semi professional hitman and part-time mystic
- Jock Wishart, who in 1998 set a new world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powered vessel
In 2005, William McGair, History teacher at the Academy, was awarded the Scottish Daily Record Gold Award for Inspirational Teacher.
- Hume, John R. (2000). Dumfries and Galloway : an illustrated architectural guide. [Edinburgh]: Rutland Press. ISBN 1873190344. OCLC 45313216.
- "Dictionary of Scottish Architects: Francis (Frank) James Chambers Carruthers".
- "Dumfries Courier and Herald". Dumfries Courier and Herald. 21 September 1895. p. 4.
- "British Listed Buildings:Academy Street, Dumfries Academy Including 1936 Addition, Link Building, Boundary Wall, Gatepiers, Steps and Terraces".
- "Dumfries standard". 17 February 1897. p. 5.
- Gifford, John. (2002). Dumfries and Galloway. Yale University Press. ISBN 0300096712. OCLC 49297770.