Some say our school days are the best of our lives.
When we are studying, most of us hate the very mention of school but, once we leave, you can’t help but feel nostalgic and rekindle special memories.
We have been searching high and low in the DC Thomson archives to find old school photos of classes, school trips and sports teams from Menzieshill High School.
These striking pictures span the decades — from the 1970s until the 2000s — and they are sure to stir some fond memories for former pupils.
So let’s go back to school for a trip down memory lane!
Opened in 1971, Menzieshill High was one of Dundee’s first comprehensive schools, accepting pupils from all backgrounds and regardless of their academic abilities.
Located in the city’s Yarrow Terrace, it would provide a secondary education to more than 90,000 youngsters from the surrounding area over the next 45 years.
Aprons and overalls in our next image from the technical class in November 1971 and it looks like the girls have been practising with the bandsaw.
They don’t seem totally delighted with the whole project!
Dundee West MP Peter Doig visited the school in April 1973.
The Labour politician looked impressed in the woodwork class as he examined some of the handiwork from pupils Ross Hood, Arthur Brand and Alan Matthews.
Menzieshill High School under-15 football team were presented with the Dundee United FC Trophy which they won in 1976.
The under-15 team also won the league championship and reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, where they were beaten after extra-time.
It was in the swimming pool that the school really excelled.
In December 1973, they set a world record for the 20 swimmers 24-hour 100-mile relay and they repeated the same feat in 1977, when this picture was taken.
Spectators cram the sides of the Menzieshill High School pool in February 1980 as the 20-strong swimming team regained the world record for the 100-mile relay.
Their time of 22 hours and eight minutes was 20 minutes better than that of an Australian team in 1978, meaning a third world record since 1973 for the school.
The basketball team reached the finals of the Scottish Schools Cup in 1982.
Do you recognise any of the lads in this line-up?
These pupils look pleased with themselves and rightly so!
The Courier was poolside to photograph seven of the eight girls of Menzieshill High School Water Polo Team who were called up by Scotland to play Ireland in 1982.
Duncan of Jordanstone student Karen Fraser explains hotel and catering management – a course being offered at DOJ at the time – to a group of fourth year Menzieshill High pupils in March 1984.
The lads also brushed up on their knowledge of fine plonk while attending the School of Home Economics, Catering and Institutional Management’s open day.
Michelle Curran, Brian Castle, Gail Irons and Scott Walker were celebrating after Menzieshill High won the Dundee heat of the Young Consumers of the Year in 1985.
The national competition tested their knowledge of trading standards legislation and 1985 was the first time that schools from Scotland had taken part in the event.
Welcome to 1990!
A “dress as you please day” was being held by staff and pupils who took up the challenge to raise money for elderly people in the Menzieshill area.
Dressing up for a school book fair in 1992.
These pupils were telling some of the stories set in the Scottish Hebridean Islands including the fictional adventures of the much-loved Katie Morag.
Menzieshill High School orchestra and recorder group were playing Christmas music in the foyer of Ninewells Hospital in December 1992.
We are sure they went down a storm!
All smiles from the school netball champions in 1994.
Were you one of these sharp-shooters photographed celebrating the triumph?
Some of the former pupils who attended Menzieshill High School’s 25th anniversary got together in the Queen’s Hotel in September 1996.
Can you spot anyone you used to go to school with?
Thirty S3 pupils were given a tour of the Scottish Parliament and met their local SNP MSP Joe FitzPatrick in 2013.
Joe led a discussion on the work of the parliament, the independence referendum and the new bill which would allow every 16 and 17-year-old the right to vote on indy.
School’s officially out and it was time to party!
Our picture finds these senior pupils enjoying the Sixth Year Dance at Forbes of Kingennie after leaving school for the very last time in 2012.
These pupils were on a five-day trip to Belgium and France in 2012.
They walked in the footsteps of Black Watch soldiers and visited the sites of some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, including Passchendaele and Loos.
The clock was ticking when Dundee City Council proposed to transfer Menzieshill High pupils to the new Harris Academy building on Perth Road in 2014.
The school’s fate was sealed in June 2015 when councillors voted to press ahead with the move and the final prizegiving event took place at the Caird Hall in 2016.
Pupils past and present met for one final time in June 2016 to say goodbye to their beloved school after it was consigned to the history books.
Ex-pupils were shown round their former school by current pupils and staff as part of a celebratory event commemorating the school.
Three tours of the school were attended by dozens of misty-eyed Dundonians.
Gone but certainly not forgotten.