The War continued and the exigencies felt by the population were biting but children had to be educated, schools had to continue to cater for their pupils physical needs as well as their intellectual. The inter-scholastics continued to be held and sponsored by the SAAA. Held on 19th May in 1917, the sports were held at Inverleith with a decent sized crowd, if the ‘Scotsman’s’ brief report can be believed. Their short description of the afternoon’s athletics is below.
The growing attraction of the event is seen, even in this short piece, when we note that the Vale of Leven Academy (geographically not far from Dumbarton Academy which had been involved for several years) was taking part. There was much more about the meeting and in the way of results in the ‘Glasgow Herald’ which begins with some philosophical thoughts.
The number of schools mentioned in the prize lists above is six but there were actually thirteen schools involved – one of the highest totals since 1890.
The brief list of winners and their schools is here.
|100 Yards||JB Bell||Dumbarton Academy||11.0 seconds|
|440 Yards||EW Cormack||Watson’s College||58.2 seconds|
|One Mile||EW Cormack||Watson’s College||5:02.2|
|120 Yards Hurdles||D McPhee||Allan Glen’s High School||19.4 seconds|
|High Jump||D McPhee||Allan Glen’s High School||5′ 2 3/4″|
|Broad Jump||JB Bell||Dumbarton Academy||18′ 6 1/2″|
|Throwing the Cricket Ball||JB Bell||Dumbarton Academy||85 Yards 0 Feet 9 Inches|
|Putting the Weight||A Gillies||Watson’s College||30′ 6″|
|100 Yards||RS Forrest||Watson’s College||11.8 seconds|
|880 Yards||RS Forrest||Watson’s College||2:30.6|
|120 Yards Hurdles||LJ Dunn||Watson’s College||16.8 Seconds *|
|High Jump||JD Watson||Watson’s College||4′ 10 1/2″|
|Broad Jump||JD Watson||Watson’s College||17′ 11″|
|100 Yards||R Savage||Watson’s College||12.8 seconds|
|300 Yards||R Savage||Watson’s College||42.8 seconds|
|High Jump||A Orr||Trinity Academy||4′ 1 3/4″|
|Broad Jump||J Rankeillor||Trinity Academy||14′ 10″|
No doubt there about the school with most winners, Watson’s with 10 firsts topped that table, Dumbarton had three and Trinity, and Allan Glen’s had two apiece. As noted above. Bell of Dumbarton had a range of talents that included sprinting and field events.