There had been 14 schools competing in 1911 but only eight in 1912. The item below tells the story for 1913
It was back to fourteen. Four from Edinburgh, two from Glasgow and eight from the ‘provinces’. The question of numbers had been exciting the interest of schools, journalists, reporters and letter writers since the championships started but more particularly after the first three had been held. The withdrawal of several fee paying schools, mostly in Edinburgh, and the total non-appearance of Fettes College, was almost always quoted and other schools referred to as ‘lesser’ schools. After the 1913 version was over the following contribution appeared in the ‘Scottish Referee’. It analyses the situation and proposes the writer’s own solution to the issue.
The sports did go ahead on 17th May at Ibrox Stadium and the State Schools newspapers covered them well, if briefly. For instance the following appeared in the ‘Port Glasgow Express’ the Wednesday after the meeting. There is a pride and aspiration for the future there that deserves commendation.
There was a poor attendance on the day – maybe not all to do with the weather since previous inter-scholastics had also fared in a similar fashion in past years – but the sports went ahead.
With no team award, the individual winners are summarised below.
|100 Yards||JK Murray||Ayr Academy||10.6 seconds|
|440 Yards||JM Davie||Stewart’s College||56.2 seconds|
|One Mile||C Henry||Royal High School||5 min 08.6 sec|
|120 Yards Hurdles||J Baird||Allan Glen’s High School||18.0 seconds|
|High Jump||A McIntosh
|Royal High School
|Broad Jump||JM Davie||Stewart’s College||20′ 3″|
|Throwing the Cricket Ball||H Dodson||Royal High School||100 Yards 1 Foot 6 Inches|
|Putting the Weight||WA Morrison||George Heriot’s School||37′ 10″|
|100 Yards||A Blackadder||Allan Glen’s High School||10.8 seconds *|
|880 Yards||I Robertson||Edinburgh Institution||2 min 19.4 seconds|
|120 Yards Hurdles||A Blackadder||Allan Glen’s High School||18.2 seconds|
|High Jump||J Gordon||Allan Glen’s High School||4′ 9″|
|Broad Jump||W Barlas||Dumbarton Academy||18′ 5″|
|100 Yards||N Menzies||Stewart’s College||12.2 seconds|
|300 Yards||N Menzies||Stewart’s College||44.4 seconds|
|High Jump||H Cochrane||Allan Glen’s High School||4′ 5″|
|Broad Jump||JS Muirhead||George Heriot’s School||14′ 3 1/2″|
Several new schools winning medals – Dumbarton Academy in their first appearance in the event, Ardrossan too. It’s a bit of a mystery where the Glasgow schools from 1911 went since the meeting was ‘on their own patch’ with no Hamilton Crescent, no Whitehill or Hutcheson’s Grammar to be seen. Were we to see all the schools that had shown interest from the start with Dollar Academy, George Watson’s and Glasgow Academy all involved it would indeed be a fairly large meeting.