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Shelley Drive Building


A photographic tour of the building which house CHS pupil from 1947-2009. Some of the photos were taken on an open day of the school just prior to the demolition.




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A view taken from Shelley Drive. The “turrets” are clearly visible as mentioned by Lorraine Hamilton on the memories page.




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A pre-tower block photograph. The connecting “link corridor” between the buildings used the windows of classrooms on the extreme right of this photograph as the new corridors. Compare it to one of the photographs in the Iain Morrison collection by clicking here.




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A familiar view from the high park.




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The former playing fields being prepared during the construction of the tower block. This land is now the site of the new school.




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The former playing fields being prepared during the construction of the tower block. This land is now the site of the new school.




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This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




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This photograph shows the CHS crest. It was hung to the right of the stage in the assembly hall.




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The assembly hall. That's Robert on the stage!




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The assembly hall. Another view.




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A view of the corridor running from the assembly hall to the Modern Studies & English departments. The Senior staff offices were to the right of this photograph.




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A view of the corridor running from Modern Studies to the English Department. For those who attended CHS a few years ago, the departments may have changed location. To orient you, the assembly hall is currently out of the windows on the left of the photo and this corridor is the wing closest to the playing fields. The corridor looks very empty without the displays on the walls, however, this was taken as the school was being emptied for the move to the new Janetta Street building.




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A view from the end of the corridor of the photo above, this time at the junction of the English and Music departments. The entrance to the "link corridor" to the tower block is to the left of the picture.




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Into the music department. Again, boxes are being packed for the big move down the road. This area of the school was once home to the library. The old library became the "studio" (see below).




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The entrance to the studio.




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The studio, being packed up for the move. Apologies for the image quality but the doors were locked!




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Class "M3". Usually used for keyboard lessons.




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A view from the window of M3. This is Janetta Street at the junction with Dickens Avenue. Note the disused stairs into the old girl's entrance.




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A view from the entrance door of the studio back to the English and Modern Languages corridors. Below our feet we can see the roof windows into the girl's gymnasium.




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Here we see one of this site's administrators, Jim Dempster, playing the piano in class M1. Jim is an accomplished pianist and flautist.
He now is himself a Secondary School teacher of Technical.
His father, also Jim, features in our photo collection from Class 2E, 1952.




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Unfortunately, this photograph has come out blurred. It does show the junction between the Music corridor and the Home Economics corridor.




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Into the Home Economics corridor we go. The display cases seen here were, we believe, originally entrances to the classrooms in the same style as seen in the Geography and History corridors. Quite why that change was made is still unclear.




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A Home Economics classroom. Very similar to the HE classes provided in the new Janetta Street building. You can see that collection by clicking on the "Buildings" button on the menu at the top of the page.




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In one of our old Home Economics sewing classrooms. Here, Robert is sat at his old sewing machine station! Changed days from the gender-divided subjects!




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Up the stairs we go! The previous photo was taken in a classroom to the left at the bottom of the stairs. We now approach the Religious Education and Art corridor.




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Apologies for the quality, it was taken through the window of a locked door!
At the top of the stairs is Room 31. This was our RE classroom which belonged to Mr Iain Morrison. Iain contributed many photographs to oldchs.co.uk, infact he has his very own collection! Just click on the photos button at the top of the page and select the "Iain Morrison collection". Iain is a very keen photographer, you can also see some of his works on his Flickr page by clicking here




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A view of Room 31. Pictured to the right is an old friend and classmate, Gordon Mackay.




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This is the Art corridor. This photo is taken from outside the door of Room 31 (previous photo).




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Throughout the school was the magnificent brickwork.




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This is our old Art class. It belonged to Mr Stirling.




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Some may think that this is an odd photo, but I like it as it shows the quality of the fittings within the building. Imagine how much these are worth nowadays!




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Moving away from Room 31 along the front of the school, towards the Geography and History departments we see this board recording some of the heritage of the school.




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We bump into some former teachers.
Left to right: Peter Watson (CHS FP 1984-1990), Dr C Watson (History and author of the history of CHS which you can view here), Mrs E Dempsey (Religious Education), Jim Dempster (CHS FP 1995-2001).




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This is Room 24. It was previously a tiered seating room with blackboards to the from but over recent years the seating was removed and it was used as a storage area. I always remember feeling a bit "spooky" in here!




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Moving round to the junction of the History and Modern Languages departments we find a certain Mr Jim Dempster Snr! This isn't Jim's only appearance on the site, have a look at him here when he was a lad in class 2E in 1952.




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An example of one of the Modern Languages classes.




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CHS FP 1995-2001 Nicola Forbes has a seat in the power chair.




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Moving downstairs to Physical Education.




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Into the basketball court. I have many memories of "Social Dancing" in this room in the run up to Christmas!




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The ladies have flashbacks of the nightmare of PE changing rooms! Pictured here are Nicola Forbes (seated) and Christine Panton, both CHS FPs.




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The "girl's" gymnasium. You can see through the windows the pointed apex of the roof windows pictured earlier in this collection.




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We wind our way back up to the back of the assembly hall stage...




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...and peer out through the curtains...




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...to see this! The banners were designed to celebrate CHS's 125th anniversary. You can see a video of a news report at the time by going to our video page here.




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Gordon and Jim Snr. out in one of the quadrangles.




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Underneath the English corridor, this bricked up area was once open to the playground. See the next photo for a view from just above here out over Clydebank.




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A view from the south wing of the school towards the tower block, the CHS new build and Clydebank in the distance. Older pupils can remember looking out of these windows at Singer's clock counting down the minutes until home time!




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Christine moves us over from the old building to the Tower Block via the "link corridor".




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A view from one side of the link corridor towards Shelley Drive...




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...and from the other side towards the staff car park on Janetta Street.




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The library.




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Robert and Jim become Librarians for the day. Note the albums at the top right of the screen from CHS FPs Wet Wet Wet.




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Gordon remembers some funny moments from his time in the library.




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The Careers office. This room was once an office for the late Mrs Cleife (English teacher and Former Pupil).




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A view of the IT equipment in the library.




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The tower block always felt much darker than the old building. It was a prime example of 1970s architecture!




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A sun-obscured shot, but I thought I'd include it as you can see the orientation of the tower block to the old building here.




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Shona raids the Science cupboards.




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In Mr Glen's Physics class.




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Back to the front of the school. This shot is overlooking Barrie Quadrant.




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The front door. Never to be opened again. Photo by Owen McGuigan.




Shelley Drive Demolition

The demolition begins on the “old building”. This photograph was taken from the High Park by Douglas Clark
and sent to us by e-mail.




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The Tower Block is no more. The new school is on the left. This photograph was taken from the High Park by Douglas Clark.




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The tower block in the process of being demolished in 2009. Photo courtesy of Graham Ward, CHS 1971-75.




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The tower block in the process of being demolished in 2009. Photo courtesy of Graham Ward, CHS 1971-75.




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The tower block in the process of being demolished in 2009. Photo courtesy of Graham Ward, CHS 1971-75.




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P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs. The tower block is cut in two.




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P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs. The tower block is cut in two.
The new building is just popping into the picture on the right hand side.




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P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs. A view from Dickens Avenue.
The Radnor Park high flats are visible in the background.




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P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs. "My old classrooms where I
once sat and learned now exposed to the elements".




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P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs.




Shelley Drive Demolition

P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs.




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P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs. The connection between the old building and the tower block is severed.




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P. Mackay was a pupil between 1972-1977 and submitted these photographs. The sloping concrete tiles I used to run down to the hockey pitch. I remember it looking a lot more steep than it does here. A scary neck breaking run.




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This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive Demolition

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive Demolition

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive Demolition

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive Demolition

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive Demolition

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Shelley Drive Demolition

This photograph was taken by Owen McGuigan. His site can be found at www.myclydebankphotos.co.uk




Iain Morrison Collection Photos


Iain Morrison was the Principal Teacher of Religious Education at CHS until his final session at the school during the year 2008/09. A keen photographer, he has taken this collection of photographs recording the good and sad times recently. He has now taken up post at another school as Depute Head Teacher. His other photographs can be viewed here.


Iain Morrison Collection

CHS at sunrise




Iain Morrison Collection

Across the rooftops, a view from the Tower Block. In the foreground is the roof of the south wing, with the girls gym with the flat roof and the assembly hall in the mid ground.




Iain Morrison Collection

The interior of the assembly hall. Compare this to the new assembly hall… (below).




Iain Morrison Collection






Iain Morrison Collection

The CHS 125 banners. Created in 1998 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of CHS, these were at the rear of the old assembly hall.




Iain Morrison Collection

Packed up and ready for the “flitting” down the road.




Iain Morrison Collection

The brickwork detail would never be seen in a modern building. This was built to last many generations. Perhaps CHS was knocked down in it’s prime? Maybe it was just lacking a little TLC?




Iain Morrison Collection

A classic view of a classic building.




Iain Morrison Collection

After the school closed it’s doors to pupils for the last time, many items were put to the landfill site.




Iain Morrison Collection

Storm clouds gather on a doomed building...




Iain Morrison Collection

A view from the old “Holy city”. This view hasn’t been seen since the 1970’s. Compare it to a photograph here.




Iain Morrison Collection

Death rattle...the corridor to the Music and Physical Education department is breached.




BK Photography Collection Photos


BK studied photography in Glasgow, and lives in clydebank. He is a former pupil of Clydebank High School.
Click here to see what he looked like back then.

BK's website can be viewed here.


BK Photography Collection




BK Photography Collection




BK Photography Collection




BK Photography Collection




BK Photography Collection




BK Photography Collection




BK Photography Collection




BK Photography Collection