Berwickshire High School

History of the Berwickshire High School


The Berwickshire High School was opened in 1896, its first Rector, Mr Walter John Mabbott, being appointed to the post on 6 th August of that year.

The formal opening ceremony took place on Tuesday 15th September 1896 with accommodation for 80 pupils.

A new extension to the school building was completed in 1911 and was officially opened on Wednesday 20th September.

This building in Newtown Street was deemed to be overcrowded by the mid 1950s and plans were drawn up to create a new school, situated on the outskirts of the town (West).

Berwickshire High School old buildingThis (second) Berwickshire High School opened in 1957 and in its time provided an excellent educational facility for the young people of its community.

Hundreds of students have passed through the doors of the Berwickshire High School, making a name for themselves after college or university. Such was the feeling and ambiance of the place that many came back to their ‘alma mater’ as teachers themselves.

However, with the passsage of time, this second BHS has been overtaken by events and ultimately was deemed unfit for purpose. A new state-of-the-art school building opened in February 2009, in the fields directly opposite our previous school. BHS staff and pupils now enjoy a superb working environment which will serve the needs of the community for many years to come.

“To Strive, To Seek, To Find and not to yield”.


The Berwickshire High School 1896 The Berwickshire High School 1911


The Berwickshire High School, Duns, Berwickshire, TD11 3QG
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