School History

Opening in 1874, St Ninian’s has a varied and thoroughly interesting history. There is a book telling the full and detailed story of our origins written by Gerald Maguire and Stephen Murray, previous Principal Teachers of our school. You can access this book, and many other articles and details about St Ninian’s, at William Patrick Library in Kirkintilloch.  The name is “The Story of a School 1874-1974”, and is printed by Deacon Brothers (Printers) Ltd of Kirkintilloch.

You can also read this book here by clicking on to the chapter links below:

Chapter 1 - Early Days

Chapter 2 - The Last Headmistress

Chapter 3 - The School and the 1918 Education Act

Chapter 4 - The New School

Chapter 5 - Approach of War

Chapter 6 - World War II

Chapter 7 - Post War Years

Chapter 8 - Modern Developments

Chapter 9 - End of a Century

The Headteachers of St. Ninian's

1874-1876 - Mary O'Neill

1876-1877 - Margaret Gallagher

1877-1891 - Mary Ferns

1891-1892 - Margaret Payne

1892-1898 - Joyce Whyte

1898-1904 - Sarah Bradley

1904-1919 - Clare Martens

1919-1951 - William Barry

1951-1974 - John Griffin

1974-1987 - Frank Goldie

1989-1996 - James McNeill

1996-2003 - Anthony Conroy

2003-2004 - Anne Jarvie

2004 to date - Paul McLaughlin