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Belfast High School (BHS) is a co-educational voluntary grammar school in Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.[2] It was established in 1854 and is within the North Eastern Region of the Education Authority.

Belfast High School
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Northern Ireland
Information
Other nameBHS
TypeVoluntary grammar school
Established1854 (1854)
FounderJohn Pyper
Local authorityEducation Authority
PrincipalCharlotte Weir[1]
GenderCo-educational
Houses
  •      Boyd
  •      Pyper
  •      Storey
  •      Watson
Colour(s)Blue and Yellow         
Website

In May 2007, it was awarded Specialist Status in Languages[3] and in March 2012, it has been recognised as one of only six post-primary schools in Northern Ireland to be in the top 10% for performance at both GCSE and A-level.[4]

HistoryEdit

The institution now known as Belfast High School opened in 1854. In 1874, it moved to new premises at Glenravel Street, Belfast. Since the school was founded, there have been 7 head teachers:

  • (1854–1867) John Pyper He established the school as Pyper Academy, before changing its name to the Belfast Mercantile Academy shortly thereafter.
  • (1867–1917) James Pyper, the school's longest-serving headmaster. He was responsible for the building of what the Ulster Star described as "Mr Pyper's splendid new seminary"[5] in Glenravel Street.
  • (1917–1937) Spring Pyper
  • (1938–1966) Dr Robert Harte, who changed the school's name to its current title. Under his headship the school purchased Ardilea House, a large 19th-century villa in Jordanstown, in 1953. Between then and 1963, when the entire school re-located from Glenravel Street, its then Vice-Principal, Harry Towell, headed a small suburban campus at the site. The house now forms the administration block, containing the staff room, sick bay, and offices of the principal, her secretary, the bursar and vice-principal. Dr Harte suffered a severe stroke in 1964 and his son acted as temporary head until the appointment of Mr Dunlop in 1966. Dr Harte was a Doctor of Philosophy and an eminent classical scholar.
  • (1966–1987) Samuel H Dunlop, who saw the building of a new science block (1970), the closure of Somerton House (the school's preparatory department) in 1981 and the enlargement of the school library (1980s)
  • (1987–2006) Stephen R Hilditch, who saw the Harte Building opened in the 1990s to house Home Economics, Careers, Technology, ICT and a science lab, the refurbishment of the science block (2001–2003) and the refurbishment and enlargement of the Music Department
  • (2006–2018) Lynn F Gormley, who oversaw the installment of a state-of-the-art sports and fitness building which was opened by Dame Mary Peters in 2016.
  • (2018–present) Former Deputy Principal and Acting Principal Charlotte Weir becomes Principal

HousesEdit

The school has a house system. The tie a pupil wears is blue with a thick yellow band pattern, and a thinner band pattern of an additional colour representing the pupil's house.

The houses and their colours are as follows:

  • Boyd (green)
  • Pyper (blue)
  • Storey (red)
  • Watson (yellow)

SportsEdit

The four main sports at Belfast High are cricket, hockey, netball and rugby.[6]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Welcome". Belfast High School. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Belfast High School Home". Belfast High School website. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  3. ^ Specialist School Status Archived September 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Belfast High School website. Retrieved 30 June 2012
  4. ^ Fergus, Lindsay. "Northern Ireland schools league tables - A-Levels". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ The Witness, 4 September 1874 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~econnolly/twextracts/tw18740900.html
  6. ^ "Belfast High School Rugby". Belfast High School website. Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2010-11-18.

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