New principal appointed to Dromore High School

A new principal has been appointed to succeed soon-to-depart Dromore High School helmsman John Wilkinson.

Mr Ian McConaghy comes to Dromore from Omagh High School and in so doing trades an enrolment of some 443 pupils for one more than twice as large.

It’s understood Mr McConaghy lives in Portadown, but at time of going to press further details, including his likely date of arrival at Dromore High School, could not be confirmed.

The man in whose footsteps he will follow, however, said he was “absolutely” content he would be leaving things in good hands when he retired after some 18 years as principal, so ending a 40-year association with the school.

Mr Wilkinson added: “I’m delighted the school has appointed a new principal within such a short period of time..

“Mr McConaghy comes with substantial experience of being a headmaster in another school and Dromore High School is very much looking forward to continued success under his direction.”

Meanwhile, though due to depart at the end of February, Mr Wilkinson is hopeful he will go in the knowledge that a deal has been done to secure the site for Dromore High School’s proposed new home.

The existing school was opened in 1958 and extended in 1978 to meet increasing demand. In 1979 a purpose-built youth annexe was added.

An extension scheme was completed in 1996, the interior of the original building was refurbished and two extra science rooms were added in 1999. The school serves 920 pupils, having in recent years introduced post-16 provision.

In November past MLAs Jonathan Craig and Edwin Poots welcomed what they called Stormont Education Minister John’ O’Dowd’s commitment to purchase the new school site during this financial year.