Remember when: Portobello High School history lessons

Girls outside what was then the new Portobello Secondary School in 1964. Picture: TSPL
Girls outside what was then the new Portobello Secondary School in 1964. Picture: TSPL
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IT has been a long battle which has divided a community. The fight to move children out of the ageing Portobello High School and into a new building is one which has spanned decades.

While the community united in its support for a new high school, finding a replacement site on which to rebuild a secondary school proved a far more controversial issue.

Princess Alexandra in dining room. Picture: TSPL

Princess Alexandra in dining room. Picture: TSPL

Public protests, lengthy council meetings and a Scottish Government review all ensued, with MSPs giving their backing last year for the new school to be built on common good land.

Now building work on the new school, situated within Portobello Park, is in full swing, with pupils moving in to their new educational home next year.

This week, the Evening News got a chance to have a first look inside the shell of the new building, which is a far cry from the eight-storey 1960s tower block the children are currently educated in.

But whilst the Duddingston Road building may no longer be fit for purpose, the education given to the pupils over the decades has never come into question – and the old school will have many happy memories for those who passed through its gates.

Pupils in the Young Enterprise Company Pentagon discuss selling stationery around the school in 1989. Picture: TSPL

Pupils in the Young Enterprise Company Pentagon discuss selling stationery around the school in 1989. Picture: TSPL

In August 1964, when it opened, there were smiles all round from pupils as they turned up for their first day at the fresh looking building. It received the royal seal of approval later that year when Princess Alexandra visited for the day, chatting to children in the dining room. And the school was a hive of business activity in February 1989 when members of the Young Enterprise Company came together to sell their product.