40 years of pro­mot­ing a cul­ture of ex­cel­lence

Jamaica Gleaner - - HISTORY -

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.

TECH­NI­CAL ED­U­CA­TION

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

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.

ISCF group

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Stu­dents us­ing tech­nol­ogy while study­ing.

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