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In 1969 Mr Ron Dugmore took over the headmastership from Mr Herby Arnott.ย ย Mr Dugmoreโ€™s strength of personality enabled him to make substantial contributions to Union High.ย ย Under his guidance academic achievement was given recognition with the introduction of the academic merit tie.ย ย He maintained the high standards of sport at Union High School and was responsible for the initial interest in squash and the building of the squash courts.ย ย He was also instrumental in the purchase of school buses necessitated by the increased rail tariffs.