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History of Mount Temple

Mount Temple opened its doors as a co-educational Comprehensive school in 1972, and is proud of the histories of its predecessor schools.
Mountjoy School, a Protestant boarding school for boys. Mountjoy was previously located in Mountjoy square, and moved to the present location in 1947. It amalgamated in 1968, as part of larger processes of amalgamation among Protestant schools with…
The Hibernian Marine School, founded in 1776, catered for the schooling of orphans and children of seafaring men. The first meeting of the Board took place on the 6th June 1766 in the then Customs House (before James Gandon designed the current one). The building in which the meeting took place is on the site which now houses the Clarence Hotel. In 1904 the school moved to Seafield Road in Clontarf. Bertrand and Rutland School, itself an amalgamation of three girls schools, joined with the two above in 1972, to form Mount Temple.
Mount Temple is located around Mount Temple House, a building dating from 1863. The clock tower, designed by the architect of the campanile in Trinity College, is iconic of the school, and was immortalized in Christy Nolan’s novel “Under the Eye of the Clock”.
From the start, Mount Temple was informed by the spirit of is predecessor schools – and by values which included

a concern for the education of the whole student and the welfare of the individual;
a priority commitment to those excluded by society
a balance between academic and practical subjects;a liberal regime, and, seen in historical context, a very liberal regime.

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