Inter-Scholastics 1903

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.

Open Events

Event Winner School Performance
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″

Under 16

Event Winner School Performance
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″

Under 13

Event Winner School Performance
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.