Mr Mack started his education at age 5 at Monkton Infant
School, and in 1935 went on to Mortimer Road Juniors.
His secondary education started at the South Shields Boys'
High School in 1938, but at the start of the following
school year, in September, 1939, he moved to Brampton Secondary
School. However, he was here only until Easter 1940, when
he returned to the Boys' High School - but for only
a few months. In September, 1940, he moved to Bishop Aukland
Grammar School for the remainder of is secondary education.
In October, 1945, he went to King's College, Newcastle
(Durham University), and in June, 1948, he was awarded his
BSc in Chemistry and Botany (with Physics as a subsidiary
subject). He stayed on a further year to gain his Diploma
in Education, and was also awarded an advanced Certificate
in Music from the Durham Institute of Education.
In September, 1949, Mr Mack joined the staff of South
Shields Boys' High School, where he taught Chemistry and
Biology. He was also a Scout Leader with the school's scout
troop. In April, 1950, the ATOM reports that he was suffering
from a prolonged illness. However, he appears to have stayed
with the school following this, and he eventually left om
April, 1956, to join the Colonial Education Service in Nigeria.