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The High School, Dublin

The High School is an independent, co-educational school located in Rathgar, Dublin, Ireland. The school is managed by the Church of Ireland. It was founded in 1870 in Harcourt Street before moving to its current location in Rathgar in 1971 and amalgamated with The Diocesan School for Girls in 1974, thereby becoming co-educational.

The High School
Zion Road
School type Fee-paying Independent day school
Motto We are faithful to our trust
Religious affiliation(s) Anglican
Denomination Church of Ireland
Established 1 October 1870
Founder Governors of the Erasmus Smith Trust
Authority Governors of the Erasmus Smith Trust
Principal Mr. G A Forrest[1]
Teaching staff 69
Age range 12–18
Language English
Hours in school day 7
Campus size 23 acres (93,000 m2)
School colour(s)           Black & Red
Sports Rugby
School roll 800 pupils
Publication The High School Today newsletter
Yearbook The Erasmian and Diocesan Times



The school was established on 1 October 1870 and was originally based on Harcourt Street in Dublin. It moved to Rathgar in 1971 and amalgamated with The Diocesan Secondary School for Girls in 1974.


Millennium DevelopmentsEdit

The High School began re-developing its campus with the "Millennium Developments" projects which were completed in the summer of 1998. The projects involved the creation of three new buildings. The first, the "T Block" contained four new classrooms: two Home Economics laboratories and two Technical Graphics rooms. The second building combined a music centre, archive room, rugby/cricket pavilion, and meeting rooms. This replaced the old Music Centre behind the school stage and the 30-year-old rugby pavilion.

Laboratories and ICT projectEdit

In 2004/2005, a second computer room based on a thin-client network was created. Also in this school year plans were created to refurbish the 30-year-old school laboratories to modern standards; among the new features are key-operated gas pressure systems and eye-wash stations. In the summer of 2004/2005, two more laboratories were refurbished.

Classroom MultimediaEdit

In 2005/2006, some of the school classrooms were fitted with digital video projectors with the teachers in those classrooms being supplied with laptop computers for this purpose.

Past pupilsEdit






  • In 2009 The High School was ranked as the best-performing school in Ireland in terms of progression to third-level education.,[2] 100% entry to third level education in 2012 and recorded 104% entry to third level education in 2013. In 2014 Leaving Certificate examination results at The High School were among the best in its history. In summary, 88% of the papers taken at higher level and 69% of all papers taken (the most important statistic) achieved grade C or better; grade E or less was obtained on 0.8% of all papers.