Falkirk High School
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|Falkirk High School|
|Motto||Invicem Servite (Serve one another)|
|Head teacher||Mr Keith Webster|
|Number of students||1,200|
|Athletics||gymnasium, swimming pool and rugby/football pitch|
Founded in 1886, Falkirk High School has a strong tradition of academic, musical and sporting excellence.
Until the era of comprehensive education it was one of the leading senior secondary schools in Scotland and every year pupils won major scholarships to Oxbridge and the ancient Scottish universities. Along with Stirling High School it was the final destination of the university-bound pupils from the other schools in Stirlingshire which gave it an immensely competitive sixth form or scholarship year.
Today it is a non-denominational six-year fully comprehensive school, situated in approximately 1 mile from the centre of the town. It serves a widespread catchment area and has six associated primary schools: Bainsford, Bantaskin, Carmuirs, Comely Park, Easter Carmuirs and Langlees Primary Schools.
The school has approximately 1200 pupils and 90 teaching staff.
A new school building has recently been constructed over the playing fields of the old school, to replace the old building which was in much need of repair.
There are four houses - Campbell, Robertson, Cameron and Mackay, which are all named after the first four rectors of the school.
- James Martin, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman since 2009 (taught from 1975–79)
- Craigie Aitchison, Lord Aitchison, Labour MP from 1929-33 for Kilmarnock
- novelist Alan 'Alvin' Bissett
- Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Painter and Limner
- Rev Dr John Urquhart Cameron, athlete, theologian, journalist
- Prof George Stuart Gordon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1938–41, President from 1928-42 of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Professor of English at the University of Leeds
- Bob McGregor MBE, swimmer
- Iain Macphail, Lord Macphail
- David Marshall, Labour MP from 2005-08 for Glasgow East, and from 1979-2005 for Glasgow Shettleston
- Prof Gordon Marshall CBE, Vice-Chancellor from 2003-11 of the University of Reading, and Chairman since 2007 of the Higher Education Statistics Agency
- Craig Pollock, Formula 1 executive
- John 'Ian' Matheson, Businessman, Entrepreneur, Importer/Exporter - Sydney Australia
- Alan Lawson, Rugby Union Scrum Half - 15 caps for Scotland. Bill McLaren's son in law.
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