Holy Cross High School, Hamilton
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The School Motto is "Spes Unica" (Our only Hope) referring to the depiction of the Cross on the school badge.
The original site on Muir Street started out as St Mary's Primary in the 1930s and became Holy Cross High School in the 1950s using the original St Mary's building and some prefabricated wooden buildings. External buildings were used for Art teaching. The main stone built building housed the Rector's office and the main staff rooms along with Classics, English, Maths and Physical Education departments.
The wooden buildings were demolished in the early 1970s to make way for the concrete and steel prefabricated buildings that formed the rest of the site and were built between 1970 and 1971. The original 1930s building remained until 2010 when the Muir Street site was completely demolished after Trinity High, normally based in Rutherglen, had finished their temporary occupation while their new school was being built.
In 2007 Holy Cross High School relocated to a new building in New Park Street as part of South Lanarkshire Council's ongoing school modernisation programme.
Feeder Primary Schools
St. Anne's Primary (Hamilton), St. Bride's Primary (Bothwell), St. Elizabeth's Primary (Hamilton), St. John's Primary (Blackwood), St. John the Baptist Primary (Uddingston), St. Mary's Primary (Hamilton), St. Mary's Primary (Lanark), St. Mary's Primary (Larkhall), St. Patrick's Primary (Strathaven) and St. Paul's Primary (Hamilton). St Blanes', Blantyre.
Notable former pupils
- Martin Boyce - Turner Prize winning artist
- Matthew Clarke, Lord Clarke, Judge
- Stephen McManus - Motherwell F.C. player
- Phil O'Donnell - Motherwell F.C. player
- Paul Hartley - Celtic F.C. player
- Paul McStay - Celtic F.C. player
- Alan McManus - Snooker player
- Willie McStay - Celtic F.C. player
- Michael Hart - Preston North End player
- Donnie Burns - Dancer 14-time World Professional Latin champion
- Gregory Clark (economist) - Professor of Economics University of California Davis
- John McCusker - Musician, producer