Govan High School Archive

About this Resource

The collection includes photographs of the school, its pupils in educational and sporting settings. Information and photographs relating to those pupils killed in both World wars is also included. School Magazines from 1913 onwards (with some gaps) are kept, along with some artefacts (e g plaques, school scarves, mementoes.) Information about the school's trophy collection is also in the Archive (the trophies themselves are kept securely elsewhere within the school)

There is at least one box for each decade, with newspaper cuttings, letters from former pupils, internal publications included in each.

A small collection of oral interviews with former pupil is available, together with transcriptions. Some DVD of school events and films made by pupils/staff are included. For details of all these resources, please see the catalogues included in this Directory.

The School Archive is located in an annex to the School Library. Provided the Archivist is contacted in advance, visits can be accommodated either to view special elements or to see the archive as a whole (term time and Monday-Friday only)

(n. b. Official School Records such as Registration Card are kept securely elsewhere and do not form part of the Archive)

Special Features

1) A 7 metre long timeline can be seen by visitors to the school. This incorporates photos of the school’s Headteachers, distinguished former pupils, photographs illustrating various school events and so on.

2) A Centenary Gallery can also be viewed. This has fifty frames placed in chronological order and includes newspaper cuttings, photos of winning teams and the plans of the original school building

3) The Archivist dedicated much time after the start of the Archive not only to collecting school historical material in general, but especially in (successfully) researching the sixty four former pupils commemorated on the First World War Memorial. Contact has been established with the relatives of some of these former pupils,

4) As there was no information on former pupils who lost their lives in the Second World War, a huge time was spent in intensive research trying to remedy this. So far, ninety-one former pupils who lost their lives have been identified, and a Memorial commissioned and erected. The most notable are James Marshall – a bell-boy drowned on the “Athenia” on the first day of the war, and George Gregory who was killed on the Dambusters Raid in 1943.


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Resource Details

Resource Type



Military & War

Geographical Coverage



1900 - 1945
1945 - 2000
2000 - present


By appointment only

Online Availability

Not available

Official Records


Govan High School
12 Ardnish Street
G51 4NB
Entry last updated: May 3rd, 2018

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