Cross, John Miller, 1927-1999, teacher

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Cross, John Miller, 1927-1999, teacher

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John Cross was educated at Dalziel High School in Motherwell, Lanarkshire. Influenced by his Physical Education teacher there, he applied to the Scottish School of Physical Education and Hygiene (SSPE) at Jordanhill College of Education, and was accepted for entry in October 1945. However, in the spring of that year, while still in his fifth year at school, he was called up for war service and spent two years in the Royal Navy from 10 September 1945. Following discharge, Cross returned to commence his professional training at the SSPE on 5 January 1948, completing the course on 15 December 1949. He was officially recognised as a qualified teacher of Physical Education from 1 January 1950. Cross was also a swimmer and water polo player with the Motherwell Amateur Swimming and Water Polo Club from 1939 until around 1951, winning the British Amateur Water Polo Championship with them in the early 1950s.
In the autumn of 1951, Cross travelled on his own initiative to Fresno State College in the United States of America for a year of further study. On returning to Scotland, he taught firstly at Airdrie High School then at Caldervale High School in Airdrie, where he became Head of Physical Education and latterly Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Guidance. He married a fellow teacher, Catherine MacLeod in 1960, and the couple had two children, Morag and Alan. Cross took early retirement from teaching in 1984, aged 55, and died in 1999.


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Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow | Scottish School of Physical Education (1931-1990)

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John Cross was a student at the Scottish School of Physical Education from 1948-1949.

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GB 249

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).


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Created by Anne Cameron, April 2018.




JCE/10/4/2: Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers: Register of Chapter VI Students, 1949-1950;
JCE/10/4/5: Teachers of Technical Subjects, Chapter VI Records: Results of Professional Training, Session 1950, Form 66T.
Other details provided by Morag Cross (accession file 1668).

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