Wednesday, 27 April 2011


Logie Secondary School was in Blackness Road, and in 1974, as it reached the end of it's life, it put on an exhibition called "Life And Times Of Logie School 1929 - 1974". It was basically a wee commemorative show looking back at the history of the school and area.
The top 2 items are the front cover and introductory page of the exhibition booklet.
Next is a ticket for a different event - the Logie Fair - which took place on 21st October 1972. The school even managed to get TV celeb, Jimmy Spankie, to open it.
Not sure who the showbiz contact in the Logie staff room was but around 1971 they got the Bay City Rollers to play in their school hall for an end of term do. This was way before their world domination days in tartan of course, and back then would have looked a little like as they are in the above photo, posing in their cosy cardie's!
Logie school eventually closed down in 1975, and along with it went it's nickname - The Penitentiary!
The headmaster in it's final years was Peter Murphy.
Many thanks to Yvonne.


  1. I was at the Logie for 2 years (1977-1979) when it was the Harris Annexe. Mixed emotions about it but, on the whole, happy days. It was a sad day when I saw it burn down...sadly it was a bit overshadowed by the Morgan fire.
    Fantastic building...interesting people...happy times.

  2. burnt down is a bit of an over statement a small section of the roof was fire damaged(amazing how roof spaces in Dundee burst into flames in empty buildings with no power supply connected) the building was then demolished as it was surplus to requirements. I wonder if it was insured ?

  3. I worked there when it was Harris Annexe. When the annexe was closing down, we came across lots of memories from the old Logie i.e. registers (all hand written), dux boards, netball bibs, loads of stuff. We phoned education asking what they wanted us to do with all the stuff as we thought there would be lots of people who would love to have some of these memories and we were told to throw it all out. What a waste

  4. I was at the Logie and thought it was agreat School & a grand building.

    Altough I never knew it at the time, the teachers did a good job on me, teaching wise.

    When I left Dundee & joined the RAF, I was surprised that I was streets ahead of the English folk.

    The RAF Education Officer said, Scots education, light years ahead of England.

    Unfortunately that was a long time ago & things have changed.

    So there you go, a dunce from Dundee, better educated than thise down south.

    Who would have thought it?>

    Alan McDonald

  5. David E J Anderson22 September 2012 at 12:21

    I attended Logie Secondary School from 1968 until 1973, a full five years, thanks to our Headmaster Mr Peden supporting and probably initiating the idea of a "Bridging Class" for pre-comprehensive pupils like myself who would otherwise have left school at 15 with only the DSSC (Dundee Secondary School Certificate), but who at least in theory showed sufficient scholastic potential to succeed at Ordinary Grade level and at even Higher Grade level, if given an extra chance to prove their worth.

    Thanks to this possibly unique opportunity, we fortunate pupils were permitted to repeat third year, attempt Ordinary Grades in fourth year and transfer to Harris Academy in Perth Road to complete our Higher Grades, thereby rescuing at least some pupils from the career-limiting fates bestowed upon them by the then dying days of Selective Education.

    Following the retiral of Mr Peden around 1971 - 1972, the Deputy Head and Mathematics teacher, Mr Frank Smith temporarily took charge. A rather diminutive man, Mr Smith nevertheless possessed a sharp tongue with which he could cut down the most insolent of pupils, comments of his such as, "Are there still any tinkies in Lochee?" and, "I taught your father and he was as thick as you are!" coming to mind. Being a junior secondary school, it is worth remembering that the pupils came from all backgrounds, and that for some of these pupils the order or disorder within the classroom depended not only on the availability of the tawse but on the wit, strong personality and confidence of the teacher to maintain discipline. Often, the best and most effective teachers rarely needed to use the "strap", whereas the most incompetent of teachers (and thankfully there were not many in Logie except the occasional visiting - and often trendy/mature - student teachers) could not maintain discipline whatever they tried.

    Logie was run on somewhat militaristic lines. The playground ritual of standing in class lines and moving according to the commands "Attention; Stand at Ease; Attention; By the right, right turn; Move off in order" were no-doubt derived from and inspired by the personal experiences of the teachers, following their own wartime activities in both world wars.

    Thus, unlike many teachers of today, we were taught by people who had been a part of some of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century; people, who through their own life experiences knew that success did not often come easily except through hard work and personal sacrifice; and people who undoubtedly felt that through teaching they could help create a Better New World.

    Unfortunately, any such ambition has proved futile. But, it is at least somewhat gratifying to see that the name "Logie Secondary School" shall live on, if only on the refurbished entrance pillars to the new primary school that has just been completed on the site of the original building.

    Logie Secondary School, rest in peace. Nitendo Gaudemus.

  6. I like all that David Anderson says,except his opinion of mature students!

    I was a pupil at Logie, then Logie Central, from 1937 to 1939, and a teacher during the autumn term of 1961, after which I went on to teach at Viewforth Secondary School in Kirkcaldy. I liked Logie, but lived in Fife and housing was the reason for the move.

    I have written quite a bit about Logie and Blackness Road School in my book, Dundee Memories, which is out of print, but available from libraries. Perhaps Mr Anderson and others may care to read it.

  7. am woundering if anyone know what happened to my grans sister her name was Margaret bryceland my grans name was donna walker bryceland

  8. does anyone know what happened to Margaret bryceland shes my grans sister whos name is donna walker bryceland shes never seen her in many years