Crest of Dollar Academy: Dollar won the Inter-Scholastic Championship in 1903
Founded in 1818 Dollar Academy is situated in Dollar, Clackmannanshore and has over 1000 day and boarding pupils.
Keeping to the third Saturday in May, the 1903 championships were held on 17th May with one of the top schools missing the action and Ayr Academy adding to the contingent from the west. From the ‘Scottish Referee’ of 18th May.
Summary of results – winners only.
|100 Yards||C McNaughton||Glasgow Academy||11.8 seconds|
|440 Yards||J Hunter||Stewart’s College||58.6 seconds|
|One Mile||J Hunter||Stewart’s College||5 min 09 sec|
|120 Yards Hurdles||A Gordon||Allan Glen’s||18.2 seconds|
|High Jump||R Findlay||Allan Glen’s||4′ 11.25″|
|Broad Jump||C McNaughton||Glasgow Academy||18′ 8″|
|Cricket Ball Throw||V Johnstone||Dollar Institution||93 Yards, 0 Feet 6 1/2″|
|Putting the Weight||V Johnston||Dollar Institution||31/ 0″|
|100 Yards||J Livingstone||George Heriot’s||12.4 seconds|
|880 Yards||G Pender||Dollar Institution||2 minutes 24.8 seconds|
|120 Yards Hurdles||J Wilson||Ayr Academy||20.4 seconds|
|High Jump||F McLelland||Glasgow Academy||4′ 10″|
|Broad Jump||G Reid||Dollar Institution||17′ 1 1/2″|
|100 Yards||D Imrie||Dollar Institution||13.8 Seconds|
|300 Yards||D Imrie||Dollar Institution||44.2 Seconds|
|High Jump||J Bryce||George Heriot’s||4′ 2″|
|Broad Jump||G Warren||Glasgow Academy||4′ 4 1/2″|
The absence of Watson’s was a surprise but the continuing growth in numbers was an indication that the championships met a need. Although they had started as a limited event in the Edinburgh area, their popularity after the SAAA took an interest in 1900 surged and there were schools from Glasgow, Helensburgh then Ayr, and in the near future there would be entries from and medals won by Rothesay Academy. Not just a bus trip, but a boat trip too for these pupils.
A wee side note: the schools in the 1902 meeting recorded the teams scores in ‘marks’ – eg Glasgow Academy 30 marks, Dollar 29 marks, etc – which were maybe appropriate for an inter-scholastics, but in 1903 it had changed to ‘points’. The new name in the top three was Stewart’s College who were third behind Dollar (35 1/2) with Glasgow Academy (28) in second.