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Updated February 11, 2014


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Our Lady's High School is one of the oldest Roman Catholic secondary schools in Scotland, with its origins dating back to 1895. It was originally an all-boys' school and the first class of girls was not enrolled until 1945. In the same year, the school's famous War Memorial Chapel, built with funds raised by the school community, was opened.

Our Lady's badge GreekBadge
Most recent pupils will not be aware that the red and blue badge isn't the original. Our Lady's original badge looked like this with a motto in Greek, not English.

The motto says Meta Sou, Maria, Nikhsomen, which means, With you, Mary, we shall conquer

The blazers were also blue, a long time ago.

Find out more about our current badge here.



Dalzell Drive building Photo: opening of Dalzell Drive, 1974
In 1974, a new school building was completed on the present site at Dalzell Drive. The present school accommodation is set in a pleasant environment amid landscaped grounds and nearby parkland and woodland. Most of the accommodation is contained within one main teaching block. A second building contains specialist accommodation for music, physical education and technical education.

In 1975 Our Lady's had a school roll of 2325 pupils, which made it the largest school in Scotland at the time and earned it a mention in that year's Guinness Book of Records.

Since then, the school roll has reduced due to the opening of a new neighboring secondary school and population changes in the local area. One of the biggest employers in the Motherwell area used to be British Steel. Ravenscraig was one of British Steel's biggest manufacturing sites and with its closure in 1994 local unemployment rocketed and many families moved away to find alternative work.

In 1999, the school celebrated the Silver Jubilee of its current accommodation and the Golden Jubilee of the War Memorial Chapel.

Sporting achievement
Our Lady's provides a wide range of extracurricular activities and has a strong sporting tradition. Our senior football team achieved national success in 2000 when they won the Under-18 Scottish Schools Football Shield.This was the eighth time the school has won this prestigious trophy.

Bothwellpark High School
Since 1997, Our Lady's has shared its accommodation with Bothwellpark High School. Bothwellpark caters for 20 pupils with a wide range of special needs. Both schools promote a positive approach to social, physical and curricular integration.

Former Pupils
Many well known figures and personalities are former pupils of the school, including the late Cardinal Thomas Winning, Sir Matt Busby (manager of Manchester United Football Club), Billy McNeill (the player who skippered the Celtic football team to become the first British club to lift the European Cup) and Patrick Doyle, the renowned composer.