Wallace High School, Lisburn

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The Wallace High School
12a Clonevin Park

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BT28 3AD

Northern Ireland
TypeVoluntary grammar school
MottoFrench: Esperance
Established1880; 139 years ago (1880)
FounderSir Richard Wallace
PrincipalD. O'Hare
Age range11–18
  •      Conway
  •      Gracey
  •      Barbour
  •      Hanna
  •      Hamilton
  •      Seymour

The Wallace High School is an 11–18 co-educational voluntary grammar school and sixth form in Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.


It was founded in 1880 by a bequest from the estate of Sir Richard Wallace, local landowner, Unionist MP and philanthropist, and was originally named Lisburn Intermediate and University School. It was built on a site fronting the Antrim Road. A board of trustees took charge in 1900 to oversee the development of the growing school and, when they renamed it in 1942 in memory of its founder, they adopted the word Esperance (Hope) as the school's motto from the Wallace coat of arms.

The post-war years witnessed rapid growth in pupil numbers and consequent accommodation provision. Land was purchased at Clonevin Park, initially for playing fields, and when the Antrim Road site proved inadequate, the decision was taken to build a new school in these extensive grounds.

Pupils and staff moved to the new building in 1976, and today the school has expanded to 1160 pupils in the grammar school and 200 in the preparatory department.

School enhancement[edit]

The Wallace High School underwent construction on a new school expansion project. This included construction of a new two storey extension which includes the subjects of Art, Home Economics, and Moving Image Arts which was finish by the end of December 2017 and officially unveiled on the 4th October 2018 . There is a fitness suite which was also unveiled on the 4th October which included four power racks, a free weights area with weight-lifting platforms, a blue astro-turf track for conditioning and warm-ups, plate loaded resistance machines and cardio equipment. It also included new changing rooms, new showers and hairdryers. A technology extension is also completed, beginning in February 2018 and concluding in August 2018.

Existing 'mobile' classrooms, of which there are four, have been relocated to allow space for the expansion project. These mobile classrooms include the subjects of English, Maths, Modern Languages, Religious Education, among others.[1]



Wallace is well known in the Northern Irish schools’ rugby scene, despite having never won the Ulster Schools Cup. They have reached the final 5 times, (most recently in 2015) and they are one of eight schools who enters in the fourth round of the cup along with Ballyclare High School, Ballymena Academy, Campbell College, Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, Methodist College Belfast, Royal Belfast Academical Institution and The Royal School, Armagh.


Wallace High School is noted for men's hockey with wins in the Burney Cup, McCullough Cup and a single win in the All Ireland Championship in 1987-88. In 2011 the hockey girls created history by reaching the final of the Ulster Senior Schoolgirls' Cup for the first time, only to lose on penalties.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Simpson, D (9 October 2018). "Chris Henry opens Wallace's School Enhancement Project". The Wallace High School. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Belfast Telegraph - Tragedy inspires Lurgan girls to cup final glory". 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2011-03-03.

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