In 1969 Mr Ron Dugmore took over the headmastership from Mr Herby Arnott. Mr Dugmore’s strength of personality enabled him to make substantial contributions to Union High. Under his guidance academic achievement was given recognition with the introduction of the academic merit tie. 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. He was also instrumental in the purchase of school buses necessitated by the increased rail tariffs.