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PUBLISHED: 11:01 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:17 06 July 2010

The school's junior and senior choirs were joined by staff and a 14 piece orchestra to perform Handel's Messiah at the school's assembly hall in December 1967.

The school's junior and senior choirs were joined by staff and a 14 piece orchestra to perform Handel's Messiah at the school's assembly hall in December 1967.

A CENTENARY of educating local young people has been marked with the release of a special book.

A whole host of events have taken place recently to mark 100 years of Denes High, and to remember the Lowestoft school's history, a former pupil has compiled an album and complimentary DVD full of old photographs and memories.

Chris Brooks has compiled The Lowestoft Municipal Secondary, County Grammar and Denes High School Centenary Album 2010. Picture by MICK HOWES.

A CENTENARY of educating local young people has been marked with the release of a special book.

A whole host of events have taken place recently to mark 100 years of Denes High, and to remember the Lowestoft school's history, a former pupil has compiled an album and complimentary DVD full of old photographs and memories.

The Lowestoft Municipal Secondary, County Grammar and Denes High School Centenary Album 2010 has been written by the school's centenary committee member Chris Brooks.

It tells the story of the school's first 100 years, from its foundation as the new Lowestoft Municipal Secondary School in 1910, through its time as a grammar school, on to its rebirth as a comprehensive and concluding with a list of attendees from last year's special reunions.

Current head-teacher Mick Lincoln, the school's eighth in its history, wrote in the foreword: “The Denes is part of the history of Lowestoft over the last 100 years. In that time thousands of young people have been educated here and have gone on to contribute in all sorts of ways to the town, the nation and, indeed, the world as a whole.”

Amongst the 94 pages are many black and white photographs to stir former pupils' memories, alongside a wide range of individual accounts from the school.

Mr Brooks said: “The centenary of an institution, especially one's own school, cannot be allowed to pass without someone recording for posterity some aspects of its life for it was here that many thousands of Lowestoft secondary age children spent their formative years guided by hundreds of dedicated teachers to whom they owe so much in their development.”

There are also many fascinating facts and figures, including a break down of the reasons why 102 girls received canings from March 18, 1920 to June 21, 1932.

These included one stroke for the 13 year old who threw paper across the room, four strokes for a nine year old for playing truant for three half days, two strokes for a 12 year old playing the school piano after being warned, and four strokes for the 13 year old who rode away on the teacher's bicycle.

The book is available for £10 and the DVD is £5. They can be bought by calling 01502 563208 or from the Suffolk Record Office at Lowestoft Library, or Lowestoft bookshops Waterstones, Panda Books and W.H. Smith.

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