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      John St. Senior Secondary School


John Street Secondary School was opened in 1883. Demolished in 1967, rebuilt in 1970 as a modern comprehensive school and finally demolished in 1998

                  old school

John Street Senior Secondary School  

The smaller building on the right was the janitor's house, the entrance to the left of the house took you into the playground. This entrance was where the prefects would stand each morning catching any  latecomers!  
115 years of history... it would be wonderful if we could unearth some old photographs of the place especially of inside the building.
Picture below taken from roughly the same spot in 2002........sad isn't it?
The top left of the picture you can just make out Ruby St high rise flats, to the right of the tree is new flats which were built in the Main Street and further right is the original three storey tenements




Sept.2002, Extract from e-mail, Thelma Thomson (nee Greenlees), ( email tba ) Brisbane, Australia
"My father John Greenlees was a pupil at John Street High (as he called the school). He left the school when he was16 in 1919. He came to Australia to live when he was 21. He used to tell us tales about John Street High and spoke fondly of a female teacher, named Miss Bell. The students used to call her "tingaling" behind her back. Apparently she was very kind to the students. Dad was born in Bridgton and lived at 2 Muslin Street on the Corner of Main Street. His family were in Bridgeton from the 1850s. I love your site. Best wishes. ." 
Feb.2003, Extract from e-mail, Lesley Paterson, (email tba ) New York, USA.  (age 41-50)
Oh my god I'm in 7th heaven. I went to John St Sec fae 1973-77 ok I'll throw some names Robert McCrae John Turley[tool ] Janet Tossnie Russell Gilchrist. I just wanna say Russell, if yur oot there I wanna tell ya I'm sorry for not dancin with you at my 15 th. B-day party.I was truly shy, But I had the biggest crush on 'o' British my heart still belangs tae Glasga. 
webmaster : nice to know I have put someone in 7th heaven!!
Jan.2012, e-mail, Ruth Thomason (nee Greer)
Hi, Just discovered this website. Former pupil Ruth Greer of John Street senior secondary  1956-1962  where my father Alexander Greer  had also been a pupil. Had heard that the school had burned down but was pleased to read about it.The replacement didnt last as long as the original!
Thank goodness someone has archived all the stuff. I was dux medalist in 1962, memories. Thanks, Ruth

Aug.2016, e-mail, Elspeth Sinclair (nee MCKail ), Age 80, Valles, Spain
Hi I was Elspeth Mckail and was born 1 Morris place Calton. our windows overlooked Glasgow Green and the Peoples Palace. I went Greenhead School then John Street primary in Hozier Street and John Street secondary in Tullis street
My best friends were Ellen Main, Chrissy logan, Mary Steele, Betty Boyce and Effie Brown. Mr grandfather, Dr David Mckail was east end factory doctor especially Templetons.  I went to school with Bennie Parsonage whose father dragged bodies from the river and hired out boats my other grandfather was Frederick Mohr the german barber whose shop in the Gorbals was on the corner of Bedford Street and Portugal Street. He and granny Mohr lived above the Citizen's Theatre. I had a wonderfully happy childhood playing in Glasgow Green and going to the Barras and Olympia cinema .

Sept.2022, e-mail, Jean Forster (nee McIIear), Age 81, Darlington, England
 Happy memories of receiving a wonderful particular favourite was studying English under the excellent tuition of Miss Blair...I have never forgotten her....came across this site accidently, thank you to those who have initiated this resource.  As the song says...I may be far away, but my heart will always be back in Bonnie Scotland wi my ain folk. Thank you glesgapals x


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