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Spalding High starts past students' association New York Chapter

A group of young past students who were in attendance at the Spalding High School Past Students' Association New York Chapter launch. - contributed

Some past students of Spalding High School.


History was created on Sunday when the Spalding High School, located in Clarendon, Jamaica, launched its Past Students' Association New York Chapter at the Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, New York.

With more than 50 persons present, including past students from Spalding High's neighbours Knox College High, under overcast conditions and a slight drizzle, the institution was finally able to launch its past students' association after several unsuccessful attempts in recent years.

Principal of Spalding High George Henry was a pleased administrator and past student when Dean Thomas, also a past student who currently resides in Connecticut, USA, travelled hundreds of miles to New Rochelle, called on him to address the gathering.

During his address, Henry praised the gathering, especially the many past students for attending the important ceremony. He also commended the Knox College past students for their showing, saying that although they left Knox many years ago, they continue to be good neighbours to Spalding High School, even outside of Jamaica.

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Henry went on to say his school has been trying hard for many years to get its past students' association started in Jamaica, but was only successful in doing so in September 2012 at the start of the school year. He said the launch of the New York chapter was not as difficult as the local launch, because past students in the USA were more responsive to the call made for them to support the move.

"I am delighted to see the wonderful support that past students of Spalding High who reside in the USA have given us this afternoon. I am also pleased with the support that past students from Knox College are giving us as well; and this tells me that the two institutions continue to support each other," said Henry.

The principal, in outlining some of the needs of the school, told the gathering that he is looking forward to seeing the past students give back to their alma mater. He said the school was in need of a bus and the playing field needed upgrading, among other things.

Conveners of the Past Students Association New York Chapter Dean Thomas, Radcliffe Morgan and Marvalyn Cotterell, in pledging their support to the school, said they will be working hard in getting the association to increase its membership in the United States, particularly their chapter. They said there are numerous past students living in that part of the world who can make meaningful contributions to their institution.

"The needs of the school are great. We believe that it is important to give back to Spalding High School because that great institution has helped us to be who we are today. There are students there presently who need help, and we who have benefited from the institution need to do what we can to help them in the acquisition of their education," said Dean Thomas, who graduated from the school in 1982.

In the meantime, past teacher of Spalding High, Dane Rose, who is a past student of Knox College also pledged his support to the New York group in helping them to launch out in the United States. Rose, in giving the group his blessings, said they have made a great move and he will be helping that chapter to grow.

Radcliffe Morgan, who also graduated from Spalding High in 1982 and served in the Jamaica Constabulary Force for many years, also pledged to serve on the executive of the association in New York, and called on past students both local and overseas to join that body and help their alma mater.

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