Celebrating Worthing High’s centenary

County High School, Worthing, in 1914
County High School, Worthing, in 1914

Worthing High School celebrates its centenary this year and Phil Klemenic has shared some information and photos from the school’s archive.

Phil, who is the centenary co-ordinator at the school, said: “The main building of the new County High School for girls is shown in the main photo, taken by a girl called Eva.

A drill display at the school on May 27, 1915

A drill display at the school on May 27, 1915

“The photo was taken just after the school opened in 1914 has changed little over the past 100 years compared to the site today, with the exception of the car park.

“But what has happened to the bell tower?

“In 1914, when the school moved to the South Farm Road site from its former residence at 16 Bedford Row, the school could take 150 girls.

“By 1931, after major building additions had been made, the numbers expanded to over 480.

Eva and her friends

Eva and her friends

“Another photo shows a drill display at the school on May 27, 1915.

“The wing extending from the bell tower block was lengthened and an additional level added during building work in the 1930s.

“The green house probably linked onto the biology lab. The picture below shows Eva and her friends in the greenhouse section.

“The photos used in this article come from a photographic record made by Eva, who was a student at the original site in Bedford Row and moved to the new school in South Farm Road in 1914 as a member of the IV form.

Girls playing hockey at the school in 1913

Girls playing hockey at the school in 1913

“Clearly hockey was popular at the time, but required no specific sports dress as the pinafores appear the same in both photos.

“Is the road in the background of the photo St Lawrence Road?

“The photograph is dated 1913, and the fencing looks just as it does now, except newer, so it is possible the girls are playing on the South Farm Road site while work progressed on the main building.”

“The final photo shows the IV form in 1915. Were the trees from the site and remained after the completion of the new building? Was the wood used in the school boilers?”

IV Form in 1915

IV Form in 1915

Worthing High School is holding a centenary reunion for past members of the school on Friday, July 4. For further information and a registration form please visit the school website: www.worthinghigh.net

If you have any more photos or information about Worthing High School which could be added to their archive, please get in touch.

n Send your memories and photos to James Connaughton, via email to james.connaughton@jpress.co.uk, send them by post or pop into Cannon House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, BN11 1NA. Telephone 01903 282351.

Worthing High School today

Worthing High School today

The school today, showing the extensions

The school today, showing the extensions