Manchester High girls and staff had a very busy war. They worked in local Red Cross hospitals as nurses and ancillary staff, acted as interpreters for Belgian soldiers who were patients in Manchester hospitals and made huge quantities of jam and clothes for patients. One old girl worked as a doctor in Serbia, a member of staff worked with the Quakers in France and died of typhoid and one of the Governors was active in founding a hospital at Grangethorpe.
The present school is built on the Grangethorpe site. Some scholarships were endowed for the daughters of sailors, one of the magazines contains a letter from the officer on a torpedo boat destroyer who signed himself “Chevalier of the Legion of Sea Hun Strafers,” and much more.