Inter Scholastics: 1919

The war was now over and things were getting back to normal – for the Inter-Scholastics however things were better than normal with eighteen schools taking part and four records being set in the one afternoon.   With mixed weather on the day, the prospects for the future were bright.  The ‘Glasgow Herald’ told us that there were 18 schools taking part – two more than the previous best.   The introductory comments and result below are from the ‘Scotsman’


That the boys competing were of a high standard, is self evident but the results of the SAAA Championships in June that year featured some of the athletes who had already turned out for their school in the inter-scholastics.   The following remarks are from the ‘Scotsman’ report on that meeting about the former Dumbarton Academy boy who had won events in the inter-scholastics as follows:

1916 as an Under 16, won 100 yards, 120 yards hurdles and Broad Jump

1917 in the open events, won 100 yards, high jump, broad jump, cricket ball

1918 won the 100 yards, 440 yards, 120 yards hurdles.

1919 won the 100 yards, broad jump and throwing the cricket ball

In his first year as a senior in the SAAA championships (1920) the following comments were made:   

The winners of the individual results are summarised below.


100 Yards LJ Dunn Watson’s College 10.8 seconds
440 Yards J Shearer George Heriots High School 57.4 seconds
One Mile J Halliday Royal High School 5:04.8
120 Yards Hurdles LJ Dunn Watson’s College 17.2 seconds
High Jump HD Watt Dollar Institution 5′ 5 1/2″ *
Broad Jump J Watson Watson’s College 20′  4″
Throwing the Cricket Ball J Watson Watson’s College 90 yards 2 feet 6 inches
Putting the Weight AM Murray George Heriot’s High School 34′  3″
Relay   Royal HS 3 min 11.8 sec


100 Yards J Crawford Whitehill School 11.6
880 Yards W Lyall Stewart’s College 2:19.0
120 Yards Hurdles RGA Savage Watson’s College 19.0 seconds
High Jump J Bonham

T Dick

Allan Glen’s High School

Leith Academy

4′  8 3/4″
Broad Jump WD McKenzie George Heriot’s High School 16′ 6″


100 Yards A McGeorge Royal High School 11.8 seconds
300 Yards A McGeorge Royal High School 39 seconds *
High Jump A McGeorge Royal High School 4′  21/2
Broad Jump A McGeorge Royal High School 16′  1″ *
Relay   Royal High School NTG

McGeorge in the Under 14 age group easily won all event with three being meeting records although the reports only named two was such.  It was also encouraging to see no fewer than nine schools sharing the spoils – Ayr Academy, Dollar Institution, George Heriot’s, Leith Academy, Royal High School, Trinity, Stewart’s, Watson’s and Whitrehill.