Basic Site Details

Name: Dunfermline High School
Town, district or village: Dunfermline
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Also later additions - 1959 and 1979-83. (McConnell himself gives the dates as 1955 and 1980).

Plans selected at time of competition to cost 98,000. Cheaper scheme cost 85,000 and appear to have been executed

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1School  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Jennie Rennie's RoadYes 
Item 2 of 3Jennie Rennies Road  
Item 3 of 3St Leonard's PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 15 1938Construction 
Item 2 of 1519291939  
Item 3 of 15c. 1929 Competition held 
Item 4 of 1528 February 1930  Result of limited competition
Item 5 of 151933  Plans adopted but proved too expensive
Item 6 of 151935  New plans prepared
Item 7 of 153 December 1936 Foundation stone 
Item 8 of 157 June 1939 Opened 
Item 9 of 1528 July 1939 Plans approvedRevised plans
Item 10 of 158 March 1957 Addition'plans approved for alterations and extensions - estimated cost ₤158,000' per Builder p482
Item 11 of 155 September 1958 Proposed'Fife CC propose modernisation and extension of High School. Applications to County Clerk, Cupar, Fife.' per Builder p418
Item 12 of 151959 AdditionAdditions to NW
Item 13 of 156 March 1959 Scheme accepted'Dunfermline Dean of Guild Court have approved plans submitted by Fife Education Committee for additions and alterations...est. cost 145,000.' per Builder p478
Item 14 of 1522 May 1959 Scheme accepted'Dean of Guild Court [approved TC plans] to build six blocks of temporary classrooms...Est. cost 27,000.' per Builder p941
Item 15 of 1519781983AdditionFurther additions


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 9Andrew David Haxton  c. 1929 Competition drawings (for main school and ancillary buildings, eg janitor's house, sports pavilion etc)
Item 2 of 9John Colville Cunningham  1930 Won first premium in limited competition, but plans too expensive
Item 3 of 9___ Fraser  1933 Appears to have been appointed to produce new plan when Cunninghams's proved too expensive
Item 4 of 9George Sandilands  19341939Prepared revised plans as earlier winning ones too expensive
Item 5 of 9Gavin Haveron McConnell A1955(?)1959Additions - project architect with Fife County Education Architects Department.
Item 6 of 9Fife County Education Architect's Department A19571959With Lawrie as County Architect - additions to NW. Only nominally involved.
Item 7 of 9Robert Sorley Lawrie A19571959per Builder 8 Mar 1957 p482; 6 Mar 1959 p478- as Fife County Architect
Item 8 of 9Fife Regional Council (later Fife Council) Architectural Services H19781983Further additions - with G H McConnell as architect in charge
Item 9 of 9Gavin Haveron McConnell H19781983Further additions - as architect with Fife Regional Council


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Dunfermline Press & West Fife Advertiser1959Centenary of the Dunfermline Press and West Fife Advertiser Dunfermlinepp99, 103, 105
Item 2 of 2Gifford, John1988Fife (The Buildings of Scotland)  p189

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 12Architect and Building News7 April 1933CXXXIV p27
Item 2 of 12Architect and Building News22 December 1933CXXXVI p343
Item 3 of 12Architect and Building News19 January 1934CXXXVI p113
Item 4 of 12Architect and Building News23 March 1934CXXXVII p386
Item 5 of 12Architect and Building News19 April 1935CXLII p78
Item 6 of 12Builder28 February 1930CXXXVIII p426
Item 7 of 12Builder8 May 1931CXL p858
Item 8 of 12Builder22 May 1931CXL p931
Item 9 of 12Builder8 March 1957  p482
Item 10 of 12Builder5 September 1958  p418
Item 11 of 12Builder6 March 1959  p478
Item 12 of 12Builder22 May 1959  p941

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Gavin McConnell May 2012Information sent to Yvonne Hillyard  
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSHaxton & Watson Collection HW 1930/26/1-3
Item 3 of 3Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmore215146