Cullybackey College Celebrates 50 Golden Years!



On Tuesday 3rd September 1968, a new school opened its doors for the first time under the title Cullybackey County Secondary School.   A teaching staff of thirteen (nine men and four women), led by the Principal Mr Samuel Hanna, was ready to welcome 301 school children, who arrived into school on what was described as, ‘a typical Irish morning, drab with drizzling rain!’

Over the next 50 years the name of the school would change to Cullybackey High School and eventually become Cullybackey College. Year on year, despite the many challenges faced by education, the reputation of the school continued to grow. Presently it has 700 pupils aged from 11 to 18 and includes a vibrant sixth form. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the school and we are keen to celebrate this with as many people as possible.

On Thursday 22nd November 2018 Cullybackey College is opening its doors to welcome past pupils, parents, governors, staff and friends for ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’.  From 7 to 8pm, visitors are invited to view a display of photographs and memorabilia in the Assembly Hall and walk the corridors to see how the classrooms have changed over the last 50 years.  From 8 to 9pm guests will make their way to the Canteen to be welcomed by Mr D Donaldson, the current Principal, for a reception and supper.

The College would like to welcome any one who has been connected to the school over the last 50 years to come and join us for this special celebration. Feel free to bring any old memorabilia or photos with you on the night.

by Tim Manson

Vice-Principal at Cullybackey College

Choir 1971/72