History of Tynecastle

Tynecastle High School was founded in 1912. For 98 years the school was located at 15 McLeod Street, a B listed building.

In January 2010 we moved to a state of the art new school building across the road from the original site.

The new building and its wonderful facilities enable us to provide our students with an education for the 21st Century.



Notable Former Pupils

Thomas P. Hunter, VC (6 October 1923 – 3 April 1945) attended Tynecastle before joining the army. He was awarded the Victoria Cross. The video below was made by S2 students to commemorate his act of bravery.

Keith Brown, politician, currently Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party.

Richard Thomson (politician), Member of Parliament for Gordon.

Ian Richardson CBEIan RichardsonCBE (1934 – 2007), actor. Richardson portrayed the Francis Urquhart in the original BBC  House of Cards trilogy (1990–1995). He was a leading Shakespearean stage actor and also portrayed Sherlock Holmes in two films.

Jason Cummings, professional footballer.

Paul Hanlon, professional footballer.

Lee McGregor, professional boxer. He has held the Commonwealth bantamweight title since 2018 and the British bantamweight title since 2019.

Rhona Lloyd, international rugby player.

Danielle Clyde, neurosurgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Alex “Tattie” Marshall MBE, is a record-breaking bowls player.

Alan & Derek Longmuir, members of the Bay City Rollers.

Jenny Douglas, actor and singer.


Notable Former Staff

Wilfred Owen, MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918), First World War poet, taught at Tynecastle during his recovery at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917.

Wilfred Owen Plaque

The Wilfred Owen plaque near the school’s main entrance was unveiled by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop in 2014.