A Brief History of Wallace High
In the late 1960s new government policy of fully comprehensive non-selective schools began in Scotland.
At the same time, Stirling University opened in 1967 and Stirling's population began to rise. A new high school was needed to replace the former Riverside Junior Secondary School (which became a Primary School), and Wallace High duly opened on a green-field site at Causewayhead in 1971. The first Rector was Tom McIntyre, who served in that post to 1983. Realising the importance of winning public and parental confidence for this new school, he led Wallace High through its formative years and ensured high standards and achievements from the start.
The school's first uniform was a purple blazer with gold trim -purple still features in the school's dress code today. The school quickly achieved both academic and wider success. The Music department became especially noted for its excellent annual operas, and many pupils went on to distinguished careers in music. Early sporting strengths were in canoeing, fencing and rugby. In 1983 Mr McIntyre retired, to wide praise for his great work in having seen the school so well established in the area. He was followed by Bill Brodie, who served as Head Teacher to his retirement in September 2002.
During this time the school continued to grow stronger. Two teachers, Mr Sandy Gauld of the Technical Department and Mr Charles Lees of the Chemistry Department, were voted British 'teachers of the year'. In further diverse examples of success, from our Creative and Aesthetic department came Angela Donald, who is Head of Design for the fashion company Yik Yue (H.K) Commercial Ltd. Alison Kilgour (Dowell) our Head Girl from 1996 had a great career in Scottish Construction, she also founded a charity 'So Precious' supporting the neo natal unit for sick kids in Forth Valley.
Rugby player Kenny Logan went on to win 70 Scottish international caps, footballers Gary and Steven Caldwell found similar success, winning 55 and 12 Scottish caps respectively, while slalom canoeist Campbell Walsh won an Olympic silver medal at Athens in 2004. More recently, Finn Russell has achieved enormous success representing Scotland's national rugby team as fly-half (nearly 50 caps and counting).