Inter Scholastics 1913

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

J Blair

Royal High School

Ardrossan Academy

5′ 1″
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.