40 years of promoting a culture of excellence
HERBERT MORRISON Comprehensive High School opened its doors on the September 13, 1976, with an academic staff complement of 16 along with the principal James Lloyd Whinstanley. There were 480 students on roll – 240 grade seven students sent through the Ministry of Education Common Entrance Examination, 120 grade eight, and 120 grade nine students.
The school was named in honour of Dr Herbert Morrison, a philanthropist, who was a prominent figure in Montego Bay. Morrison was a medical doctor, a politician, and clergyman, who was integrally involved in the development of several programmes and institutions in Montego Bay.
In order to broaden the scope of its offerings, the school’s administration intensified its thrust towards technical education and embraced the technical education curriculum. Consequently, the name of the school was changed to Herbert Morrison Technical High in 1988.
The 1980s and 1990s saw Herbert Morrison Technical High School being developed exponentially in terms of infrastructure. The plant was outfitted with facilities that would make the students more comfortable as they learn as well as develop their skills and talents using modern technology.
Always being mindful of the dynamism of education and the ever changing needs of
the students, offering preuniversity education was seen as a necessity, and a sixthform programme was implemented in 2004.
At Herbert Morrison Technical, the holistic development of our students is always at the fore, therefore, we have a strong talent development and sports programmes which have yielded great results. The first Jamaican male to win an international gold medal in the 100 metres is Dexter Lee and he achieved that feat while he was a student at Herbert Morrison Technical High.
Our school band is the recipient of a silver Musgrave Medal, and Anphernee Wilson is the only student to win all levels of the University of the West Indies Mathematics Olympiad. We have also had national representatives on the Jamaican netball, basketball, and football teams.
What stands out the most about our school is that it is the only school in Western Jamaica that offers students
so many areas that they may pursue.
We offer all of the traditional areas of academia along with technical/vocational training and exposure to the latest technology. This is evident in the introduction of our newest programme digital technology, in which the students are being equipped to capitalise on the jobs being created in the rapidly growing digital technology field.
We pride ourselves on ‘Promoting a Culture of Excellence’, and have been and will continue to amend our programmes to keep abreast of the changing needs of our students so that they will be equipped to make meaningful contributions to our nation.
Students of Herbert Morrison High School.
Herbert Morrison High School Track team at the Penn Relays.
The dub poetry group.
The Red Cross Club
The junior netball team.
The basketball team
The theatre arts group.
Students using technology while studying.