More than a million lessons have been taught at Musselburgh Grammar School since Ronnie Summers took up the post of headteacher 11 years ago.
In his final prizegiving speech before retiring, Mr Summers recently paid tribute to the Musselburgh community for its unstinting faith in the school, through good times and bad.
Originally from Motherwell, he joined the profession as an English teacher in the deprived community of Shettleston in 1978 – the era of “chalk and talk”, with no computers, whiteboards or projectors.
After various promotions, including 12 years in senior management, he arrived in Musselburgh in 2003.
“The school was still carrying the burden of a very unfair Care and Welfare inspection in 1999 and one priority was to ensure that the school when next inspected would be given a clean bill of health, which it was in 2005,” said Mr Summers.
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