Hillhead High School

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Hillhead High School
Hillhead High School.JPG
The main building of Hillhead High School
Oakfield Avenue

G12 8LJ

Coordinates55°52′28″N 4°17′07″W / 55.87455°N 4.28538°W / 55.87455; -4.28538Coordinates: 55°52′28″N 4°17′07″W / 55.87455°N 4.28538°W / 55.87455; -4.28538
MottoNous maintiendrons (French for "We shall maintain")
Established1885 (as Hillhead Primary School)[1]
Head teacherKaren McAlaney
Age12 to 18
Enrolment1080 (September 2018)
Colour(s)black, white, red,blue
  • Hillhead Badminton Club
  • Hillhead Football Club
  • Hillhead Hockey Club
  • Hillhead Basketball Club
  • Hillhead Cricket Club
  • School YearsS1-S6

    Hillhead High School is a day school in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oakfield Avenue, neighbouring the University of Glasgow.


    It is one of the largest schools in Glasgow.


    Grammar school[edit]

    Until 1972 it was a co-educational selective school. It then became a comprehensive school.


    In 1972 the local authority in Glasgow abolished the selectivity process and the school gradually became a comprehensive school serving its geographical catchment area of Glasgow's West End, and serving many pupils from wider afield who had attended the primary school.

    Former teachers[edit]

    School facilities[edit]

    The school has two buildings, the Main Building and the Terrace Building. It also uses the nearby Wellington Church for mass assemblies at October, Christmas, Easter and Summer.

    The X-shaped listed Main Building, acquired in the 1930s, is the larger of the two buildings, and is where most pupils begin their studies. Most of the school's classrooms and offices are situated on its four floors. Also in the Main Building is the library, where a career and exam advisor makes biweekly appearances. The main building was designed by E G Wylie in 1921, and construction finished in 1929. It is now protected as a category B listed building.[2]

    Originally owned by the University of Glasgow, the Terrace Building was acquired by Hillhead in c.2001. This building is used primarily for applied studies.

    Notable former pupils[edit]


    1. ^ "Welcome to Hillhead High School". Hillhead High School. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
    2. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "44 Oakfield Avenue and 37 Southpark Avenue, Hillhead High School and Entrance Lodge (Category B Listed Building) (LB32909)". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
    3. ^ Gordon Younger Craig
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    6. ^ Newcomb, Horace (3 February 2014). Encyclopedia of Television. Routledge. p. 1202. ISBN 9781135194796.
    7. ^ Webster, Jack (24 October 2013). A Final Grain of Truth: My Autobiography. Black & White Publishing. ISBN 9781845027599.
    8. ^ Terry, Stephen (30 April 2011). Glasgow Almanac: An A-Z of the City and its People. Neil Wilson Publishing. ISBN 9781906476250.
    9. ^ "Walter Owen, 1884-1953". B.H. Blackwell. 1 January 1954. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
    10. ^ "Sir Horace Phillips Glasgow-born diplomat". heraldscotland.com. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
    11. ^ "Ian Rodger". heraldscotland.com. Retrieved 14 January 2017.

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