Dunfermline High learns there are plenty who want to go back to school

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They are supposed to be the best days of your life. But does anyone really want to revisit their classroom careers?

Well, at Dunfermline High School it seems former pupils couldn’t wait to be invited back.

Some months ago the school revealed it was going to give guided tours around the building before the bulldozers moved in.

But the original plan had to be shelved simply due to an ”excessive” number of inquiries from all around the world.

The construction of the new replacement £40 million Dunfermline High School in Jennie Rennie’s Road is taking shape.

The eco-friendly new school building, which is being built on the school’s playing fields, is already more than halfway through the building programme. The new school will open its doors to pupils in August next year.

The current buildings will eventually be demolished to make way for new playing fields and, although the main demolition programme will be in late 2012, some of the areas on the western side of the school will disappear forever from this December as part of a carefully phased programme.

So the rector Brian Blanchflower and staff decided this momentous occasion in the school community’s life could not go unmarked.

They decided that Sunday would see the school open its classroom doors once again to anyone who wanted to take one last walk down the corridors of memory lane.

Staff would give guided tours around the building to anyone interested.

Since the current Dunfermline High School opened its doors in June 1939 it is estimated that around 23,000 locals have passed through the school gates.

So many of them wanted a last look around that the school changed its plans to have an open day instead, where people could grab a map and wander around.

Since its was announced Dunfermline High has been ”absolutely inundated” with requests from former pupils to look around their alma mater one last time prior to the demolition.

The reasons for these requests varied from reminiscing about the science laboratories to wishing to see where they were frequently belted.

Inquiries were received from as far away as South Africa and the USA, as well as from various parts of Europe and from all over the the United Kingdom too.

So for four hours the school invited former pupils in to sit at their old desks and find old friends along the way. Many of the current staff and senior prefects volunteered to help out on the day.

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