November 2017 Volume 14

The Opening of Kingston College

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KCOB Larry Henry was browsing the online Archive of the Daily Gleaner and came across the report of the opening ceremony of Kingston College in the Friday April 17th 1925 edition.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

The Rev. P. W. Gibson, the headmaster, explained the genesis of the idea which brought about the school. He said that the standard that would be maintained would be a high one. It would not be by any means lower than that of similar schools in Kingston and other parts of the island. The boys would be prepared for the Cambridge Local and other examinations. But the passing of such examinations would not be the only object kept in view by the masters.

There was one point which he would be exceedingly particular about, namely, the discipline, appearance and the address of the pupils.

He did not know whether he would be so successful, as Mr. Price hoped he would be, in the work of discovering geniuses, but he would not admit any boy who did not attain a certain intellectual standard. At present the staff would consist of three masters: himself, the Rev. G. A. Brown, who had passed the intermediate Bachelor of Arts Examination and Mr. Mitchell a student of the St. Peter's College.

... the athletic needs of the boys would be well looked after. He had obtained permission to use Clovelly as a playground for the boys in cricket and other games. They had already 54 students and the school would start the next day.

He thanked those present for their good wishes and for all the kind things said of them.

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