Building work on Trinity Academy should have started on July 11, 1891, with the traditional dram over the foundation stone -
Building delays, which were to characterise the century to come, led to the original contractors being struck off the Board's list, but on September 4, 1893, Craighall Road School, as it was first known, was opened with Thomas Trotter, formerly of North Fort Street, as Rector. With a frontage deemed 'of a superior kind to most other schools' it had cost £18,850 and five shillings, (excluding the purchase of the land from the Laird of Bonnington, James Clerk-
The formal opening was carried out by Miss Flora Stevenson on February 1, 1894, but already there was controversy. The Board intended making all the elementary departments fee-
In 1895 the first one hundred and twenty-
As early as 1919 Trinity began to outgrow its main building and plans were drawn up for a new secondary block. It was to take forty-
Plans for a new block were again on the drawing board when the Second World War broke out. Many pupils were evacuated to Macduff on the Moray Firth until normal classes resumed in 1941. The following year Dr Albert Weir became Rector and at the height of hostilities, in September 1943, the school celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. In this war Trinity lost sixty-
Trinity’s sixth rector, William Brodie, arrived in 1969 at a time when educational tides were turning, fees were being phased out, and the days of selective schooling in the public sector were numbered.
In September 1974, Trinity Academy merged with David Kilpatrick’s to become a fully comprehensive secondary serving North and West Leith, Newhaven and Trinity. Adjustment was difficult at times and there was the added inconvenience of running a split site, first with the David Kilpatrick building and then, after 1981, with the Holy Cross annexes. Declining school rolls across the city even led to the possibility of closure of the school or of merger with Leith Academy. However, there was life in Trinity yet. The objective of the current Rector, Peter Galloway, has been to combine the best elements of Trinity’s traditions with the aspirations and methods of a modern comprehensive. With pupil numbers on the increase, and with the school on a single site, Trinity Academy looks forward to continuing the tradition of turning out well-