End of an era
Keil School’s future was sealed when in 2000, after 85 years in Dumbarton, the decision was taken to shut it.
A drop in pupil numbers and a reduction in the number of fee allowances being paid by the armed forces and major companies was said to have caused financial problems.
Mr Andrew Mackinnon, chairman of the Mackinnon MacneillTrust which ran the school, said at the time:“It is undoubtedly an extremely emotional time for everyone associated with the school.
“However, the decision to close the school was not taken lightly and we have been fighting to keep the school running economically for a number of years now.
“Given the purpose of the trust, it is important that losses were stemmed and funds were being used to further the education of children – not being sunk into the upkeep of buildings, equipment, and grounds.“
Keil, a former boys’school which went co-educational in 1989, had a total of 174 senior boarding and day pupils in Dumbarton, with a further 45 junior pupils in Helensburgh.
It employed 52 people (12 part-time), including 33 teaching staff, who were made redundant in June 2000.
The grounds have become an exclusive housing estate, and some of the old school buildings have been turned into flats.
Overgrown One of the Keil buildings