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Park School History Publications
The Higher Grade Department of Park School
Picture added on 18 April 2004
This building was officially opened on Tuesday 1st November 1904. In 1910 an addition was built to the right (south side) which is now the Town Library (see
). The building shown in the photo was demolished in the 1970s to make way for the school gym.
on 04 July 2004
Yikes, doesn't it look foreboding..This building contained a couple of classrooms and science rooms complete with the old bunsen burners. It also contained the Rector's office James Clark (The Jake)..We assembled in the centre area first thing in the morning and were treated to a speech by The Jake and we said the Lord's prayer..and if you looked up into the rafters you would see dozens of the old inkpens stuck up there, the old kind with the knibs on the wooden shafts..These were handed out in class and when the teacher's back was turned they were fired into the rafters...The poor exasperated teacher would then hear "please Miss or Sir, I didn't get a pen" - still makes me laugh to this day!
Added by Harry O'Neill on 10 November 2005
Harry, I wasn't laughing the day I was invited into the Jake's office for 6 from his leather friend. I was caught carving on a desk (again!). He was rumoured to have the most powerfull belt stroke but I dont remember it being any worse than the others. He was a grim man with no apparent light side to his character--what a role model!
on 18 November 2005
Yes, Billy, the Jake was a real treat. He did not smile a lot but when he did grimace you would see that he only had the 2 fangs - the rest of his front teeth were not there, a very pleasant individual. Pupils back then were not encouraged to question the authorities even though they were wrong some of the time. Do you remember Miss Macmillan (Betty)? She didnt have a strap, but would send you to Leekies class to borrow his...think there was some psychology used there...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 November 2005
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