1940s

Rector 1921-1941 – Dr A C Paterson, JP, MA, BA(Lond.) PhD, FEIS

Dr Andrew Cecil Paterson’s contributions to the school vary. Firstly, he introduced the school colours of gold and chocolate. He was praised by inspectors for his pupil’s work. He saw his school take part in extra curricular activities, such as the girls’ choir on BBC radio in 1931 and in the following year, the Football first XI won the Scottish Secondary Schools’ shield at Hampden.

Dr Paterson’s history at CHS
1900-1906 Master, Pupil Teachers’ Central Classes
1906-1911 Master of Method, Junior Students
1906-1920 Principal Teacher of English and French
1911-1920 Second Master, Higher Grade School
1921-1941 Rector, The High School

Dr Paterson’s book – “The educational history of Clydebank” is available at the research library in Clydebank and a copy is held at the University of Glasgow. You can read more information here.

Class 3C – 1949

Back row: Billy Black, John Dewar, James Barrie, Angus Dunbar, Robert Todd, John McCafferty, Archie Hart, Dave Hillis.

Middle row: Robert Soutar, Andrew Gardiner, James Clark, John McLean, Robin Hall, Tom Hamilton.

Front row: George McLaughlin, Tom Reid, Alex Scott, F. Lamont, John Troup, John Kirkpatrick, Alec McKay, William Low, Robert Handyside, George Smith

Shelley Drive building – Post-Blitz

This photo was discovered by Sam Gibson during a blitz exhibition in Clydebank Library. Sam then forwarded it to OldCHS. It shows the building (which at that time had not yet been opened as a school) surrounded by the devastation caused during the Clydebank Blitz of 13th/14th March 1941. In the background is the “Holy City” destroyed by the bombing. The famous Singer clock also appears on the right of the photo. Photo credit: West Dunbartonshire Council, Clydebank Library.