School History Timeline
23rd September 1953
Lord and Lady Brookeborough officially opened Kilkeel Intermediate School.
The first Principal of KHS was Mr. M. Macauley.
The Dining Rooms and a kitchen were completed.
A new pathway was built down to the School. Cars still had to come from the Harbour Road.
Room 42, formerly a Science Classroom was built. This room is now a History Classroom.
The first ‘A-Level’ courses were taught in KHS.
KHS Girls’ Hockey Team was victorious in the Ulster Junior Cup.
The Assembly Hall and Room 41 were built.
Rooms 1, 2 and 3 were also added.
The very first “mobile” arrived.
Kilkeel Intermediate School was renamed Kilkeel High School.
Knockchree Avenue was extended past the school.
The two woodwork rooms and a Biology Lab were built.
Mr. Macauley retired as Principal of KHS after 18 years.
Mr. R. Anderson became the new Principal.
1st October 1972
Mr. W.D. Cunningham joined the staff of Kilkeel High School.
The School got a new car park and driveway from Knockchree Avenue
1972 (to present)
The first ‘London Experience’ for Third Form.
In 1972 the trip cost £30!!
The first edition of the school news sheet KRONIK was published.
The performance of the school’s first Musical.
‘HMS – Pinafore’
Rev. D.J. McGaughey was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Governors.
The first ‘Mourne Park Experience’ for pupils in First Year.
1977 – 2000
18th February 1982
Football Legend George Best visited the school.
A new extension provided the school with new Art, Maths, Science, and Music classrooms, as well as, a Careers suite, Sixth-Form Centre, Lecture Theatre and new Staff Room.
The death of Mr. R. Copeland.
Mr. Anderson retired.
Mr. H. Irvine replaced him as the new Principal.
Ms. Violet McBride played hockey for Great Britain at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Kilkeel High School’s 40th Anniversary.
Mr. Irvine retired as the Principal of KHS.
Mr. W.D. Cunningham became the new Principal.
The first edition of the school magazine – ‘The Chronicle’ was published.
A fire destroyed several classrooms, the Staff Room, and the General Office.
The Under 13 Boys’ Hockey Team was victorious in the Bannister Bowl.
Another marvellous win for the Under 13 Boys’ Hockey Team in the Bannister Bowl.
An extension provided new Science and Maths classrooms.
Kilkeel High School’s 50th Anniversary.
Celebrating 50 Years of First Class Education!