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Our History

Our Foundations. "Passing the tradition gloriously on."


The original school was founded as the Choir School of Glasgow Cathedral in around 1124, and later became known as Glasgow Grammar School. It was housed in Greyfriar's Wynd until 1782, when it moved to new purpose-built accommodation in George Street, but it moved again in 1821 to new premises between John Street and Montrose Street. 

The name was changed in 1834 to The High School of Glasgow, and in 1872 it was transferred to the management of the Glasgow School Board.

In 1878, the school moved into the former premises of the Glasgow Academy on Elmbank Street, when the latter moved to its new home in Kelvinbridge in the West End of the city.  

The Glasgow High School for Girls was founded in 1894 and housed variously in Garnethill and Kelvindale.

Garnethill BuildingIn 1976, the Regional Council reorganised education in Glasgow along comprehensive lines and closed the Boys' High School, while the Girls' High School began admitting boys and was renamed as Cleveden Secondary School. The proposed closure was met with anger from former pupils and, the day after the closure of the Boys' High School, the new, independent, co-educational High School came into being, following a merger involving the former pupils' association, the Glasgow High School Club, and Drewsteignton School in Bearsden.

The School maintains a relationship with the Cathedral, where it holds an annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving each September.

The new, purpose-built Senior School (Transitus to S6) is set among the playing-fields of Old Anniesland, owned by the Glasgow High School Club. There have been multiple extensions to these buildings, including the two-storey science block. The Junior School (Kindergarten to P6) occupies the site of the former Drewsteignton School, on Ledcameroch Road in Old Bearsden.