North Berwick High School

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North Berwick High School
North Berwick High School logo.png
The school logo
Motto Aim High
Established 1893 (1893)
Type State funded Secondary school
Headmaster L Rodger
Depute Head R Jones; M Moore; L Neri.
Location Grange Road
North Berwick
East Lothian
EH39 4QS
Local authority East Lothian Council
Staff 68.9 (full-time equivalents)
Students approx. 1,020
Gender Mixed
Houses Craig, Fidra, Glen and Law
Colours Red & black          

North Berwick High School is a non-denominational state secondary school located in North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland.


North Berwick High School was founded in 1893. Prior to that there were two local schools: the Parish School and the Burgh School, the former dating back to 1661. By the 1800s the Parish School was in a building at the corner of School Alley, now Church Road, and the High Street. The Burgh School was just a room, which is now the upper floor of Brian Ferguson, a chemist at the corner of Market Square and the High Street. In 1868 the two schools were merged and in 1876 moved into a new building, which was until recently the North Berwick Museum, in School Road.

The High School began with just thirteen pupils in what is now the Abbey Church Hall, but later that year the pupils moved into their new premises in Law Road, currently the Community Centre. It was not until 1931 that the High School and the Burgh School amalgamated. In 1940, the secondary school pupils moved into the current building beside the playing fields.

The 1940 building forms the front part of the current building with a two-storey teaching extension built in 1960. With pupil numbers rising dramatically, Lothian Region agreed to raise the capacity of the school in 1994. Building commenced in late-1996 and was completed in early-1998. The school was further enlarged and refurbished under a Public Private Partnership scheme that was completed in 2005.

North Berwick High School has had nine head teachers over it's 122 year history:

Name Years as headmaster
T.S. Glover 1893-1936
J Davidson 1936-1950
J Marshall 1950-1960
A Morrison 1960-1991
G Smuga 1991-1999
Colin Sutherland 1999-2005
Stewart McKinnon 2005-2007
Colin Sutherland 2007–2013
Lauren Rodger 2013-


The uniform worn by students depends on their current year:

  • S1-S3: Black V-neck sweater, white or black shirt, school tie (red and black diagonally striped).
  • S4-S5: Black blazer, white or black shirt, school tie.
  • S6: Black blazer with white or black shirt, "senior" red tie.

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Coordinates: 56°3′10″N 2°43′16″W / 56.05278°N 2.72111°W / 56.05278; -2.72111