Dave Preston

The High School of Dundee has been stunned and saddened by the death of teacher Dave Preston, very suddenly at home on 31 July 2020.

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Dave joined the school in 2007, initially teaching Graphic Communication and then Technology, Engineering Science and latterly also Physics.

He was a hugely dedicated member of the School’s Combined Cadet Force and was a crucial member of staff on numerous camps, exercises, parades and weekly training. Dave brought calm good sense and pragmatism combined with a kindness and compassion which ensured excellent pastoral care at all times.

Rector Lise Hudson said, “Dave was such a warm-hearted and genuine colleague. His quiet manner belied his deep intellect and passion for teaching and engaging with the young people in his care. He was beloved by his pupils and was a teacher who thought deeply about how to bring out the best in every individual.

“Dave always took particular time to check in that all was going well. He frequently popped his head round office and classroom doors or stopped in the corridor to ask how everything was going. We will always remember his kind words of encouragement at difficult times. He was totally committed to HSD and passionate about the opportunities that the school provided for young people.

Dave Preston

“Most importantly Dave was a devoted father and husband who understood the importance of family life to all that he did professionally and personally. Dave is going to be hugely missed by us all.”

We have been moved to have already received a number of tributes from the High School Family. Staff, pupils and parents have taken time to express their shock and sadness but also their grateful thanks and appreciation for the very positive impact that Dave had on their lives and those of their children.

Our deepest condolences, love and thoughts are with Dave’s wife and family at this unimaginably sad and difficult time.

We will be taking time to consider the best ways to remember Dave and to have a lasting memorial to him in school.  We will be sure to involve all of those who knew him best as we try to come to terms with what has happened. 

Any member of staff or pupil who has been particularly affected by this very sad news has been  encouraged to reach out to us for support.