Dunfermline High School

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Dunfermline High School is one of four main high schools located in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. The school also caters for pupils from Camdean, Kincardine and Rosyth.[1] The school was founded in 1468. Today it has over 1,550 pupils. The current Rector of Dunfermline High School, since 2007, is Mr Brian Blanchflower.[2]


The school has its origins in the 12th century when Dunfermline was the capital of Scotland.[citation needed] King David I (son of Queen Margaret and Malcolm Canmore) initially put up the money to found a school as part of the wider operations of Dunfermline Abbey in the early 1120s (meaning Dunfermline has a claim against the Royal High School in Edinburgh and the High School of Glasgow's predecessor school for being the oldest in Scotland). Abbot Richard de Bothwell formally founded the high school in the town in 1468 as a separate organisation although the school maintains a strong link with the Abbey. The original buildings were destroyed during the reformation and the school was reconstituted by Queen Anne of Denmark in the 16th century. The poet Robert Henryson was one of the first to hold the title "Master" (now Rector) of the high school. It is from these people, who shaped the school in the first 800 years of its life, that the house names come from: Canmore, Queen Margaret, Bothwell, and Henryson. Denmark house was lost as recent school restructuring work took place.

The school celebrated 500 years since its official foundation in 1968.

In August 2012, the brand new £40 million Dunfermline High School was opened to pupils after many years of planning and construction.

Feeder areas[edit]

The school's feeder primary schools are:
Within Dunfermline

  • Canmore Primary School
  • Commercial Primary School
  • Pitreavie Primary School
  • St Leonard's Primary School

Outwith Dunfermline


Facilities include a five-a-side football pitch; a main football pitch; meeting room; free parking spaces on site; sports hall, fitness room and an assembly hall with a stage. [3]


The school badge is made up from the crest of Malcolm Canmore, the Queen Margaret Cross and the symbol of Abbot Bothwell. The two typical colours featured as part of the school blazer and ties are black and "gold" which is more or less yellow. In 2008, a second 'senior tie' was introduced which features the school's crest.

School motto[edit]

The school has two Latin mottos:

  1. Quid agis age pro viribus, meaning "Everything you do, do it with vigour".
  2. Labor Omnia Vincit, meaning "Work conquers everything".

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Dunfermline High School". fifedirect. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Scottish schools, names, addresses and school rolls". Scottish Government. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Dunfermline High School Community Use". fifedirect. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 

Coordinates: 56°03′44″N 3°27′03″W / 56.0622°N 3.4507°W / 56.0622; -3.4507