June 2016 Volume 13

Daughter of KC Old Boy Makes History as first female Minister of Foreign Affairs

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, International Women's Day, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith assumed duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, becoming the first woman in the history of Jamaica to hold this portfolio.

Minister Johnson Smith, has a first degree in French and International Relations, an   read more

The Governance of Anglican Church Schools in Jamaica

Author: Peter-John Gordon

St. Augustine's Chapel

The Christian Church in Jamaica was responsible for the formation of many of the educational institutions which have developed over the past 200 years.  Many of these institutions were built on lands owned by the Church, often with the help of members of the church. 

Today the   read more

KC Capital Campaign Seeks Donations

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

The new Douglas Forest Building

The KC Capital Campaign erected a billboard at the school's campus on North Street to track the progress towards the campaign's goal of US$300,000.

According to Dave Myrie, KC's Principal, t his capital campaign effort will upgrade the teaching and learning environment of Kingston College.

The campaign currently has   read more

How one Old Boy is Giving Back; DJ Migraine

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Wayne Hosin AKA DJ Migrain

Most people are familiar with the phrase “Time, Talent and Treasure.” We are often exhorted to give of our time, talent or treasure usually in service to some cause or worthy project. Ideally, we should give all three but are encouraged to give in at least one category.

At a   read more

"Neville Hall was our only source in researching the history of the Danish West Indies and we lost him”- Kamau Braithwaite

Author: Yuchen A. Moodie

Neville Hall Photo

September 1986 was the last time Dr. Neville A.T. Hall would ever conduct research on the Danish West Indies. He died as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident car accident which occurred between College Common and UWI Mona Regional Headquarters office.

Hall was   read more

Winston `Merritone’ Blake: The Man Who Kept Us Merry

Author: Ray Ford

Winston `Merritone’ Blake

Date: April 15, 2016 (Edited May 21, 2016)

Winston `Merritone’ Blake was first a businessman, and then an entertainer. As the Thursday-nights wore on, I would leave the company at my table, and wind my way through the crowd and temporarily position myself by his cockpit. I always thought it   read more

From a Pin to an Anchor: On the South Coast of Life

Author: Ray Ford

Overlooking St. Elizabeth

One of these days, I must acquire a modest but reliable car. But like the promise to floss when Dr. Behnke pries below my gum-tissue, and inflicts pain, this thought is only fleeting. It comes and goes. But it always comes, when I’m the fifth man in the fifth seat,   read more

US$3,000 in Scholarships from Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center ‘Turn up the Life’ 5K Run in the Gardens

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Fidel Goldson Sr 5K run

3rd Annual event promoted health and fitness as the natural way to improve one’s quality of living and generate funds for student scholarships.

The Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center, in partnership with The City of Miami Gardens and community partners announced the 3rd annual Dr. Fidel S. Goldson   read more

KC wins 4x100 at Penn Relays 2016

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

The Kingston College 4x100m athletes LR Akeem Bloomfield, Tyreke Bryan, Jhevaughn Matherson and Shivnarine Smalling

KC’s 4x100 relay team was victorious at the 2016 Penn Relays held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia last month. It was KC’s 8th win of the 4x100 relay event. Their time equaled the record set by Calabar High School last year.

They joined Camperdown High as the winningest   read more

2016 Schools challenge Quiz

Author: Pat S. Williams Bignall


The 47th season of TVJ Schools Challenge Quiz (SCQ) kicked off in January, 2016 with 64 schools entering the competition.  Kingston College (KC) was the number one seeded team and was called to the crease to take first strike.

The 2016 team consisted of:  Chevaul French (Captain) Kareem Clarke, Shemar   read more

KCOBA USA Annual Panel Presentation and Awards 2016

Author: George B. Bell

KCOBA USA Annual Panel Presentation and Awards 2016

On Thursday, March 17th, 2016, KCOBA USA Inc. joined our 65 scholarship recipients and the Baxter Maths Club at the 7th annual Panel Presentation & Awards held in the St. Augustine chapel at North street. The event serves to reward, encourage, and mentor our younger brothers at Kingston College. The   read more

Marv Ventura: KCs Greatest Ever All-Round Athlete?

Author: Everton Bailey

Mabricio “Marv” Ventura

Mabricio “Marv” Ventura, Class of 1959, is perhaps the best all-round athlete to have attended KC.  

Given the vast number of amazing athletes who have passed through the hallowed grounds of KC over the years, this is no mean achievement. From the legendary Freddie Green, who captained the 1949   read more

Champs 2016 and Beyond

Author: Ray Ford

Akeem Bloomfield and Christopher Taylor

Two years ago when I last saw Fortis David Henry, he was still clutching his crown – the one I had anointed him with some forty-six years ago. “Remember, you told me that I was KC’s prettiest runner,” he was quick to remind. “Yes David,” I assured. “I’ve seen many   read more

Buchanan makes it three straight at PUMA 5K Run

Author: Charity Ferris

Fortis 5K 2016

Kingston College middle distance runner Shane Buchanan made it three straight wins at the FLOW/PUMA Fortis 5K when he won the event in 16:30 minutes on Sunday. The fourth staging of the event saw the largest crowd ever, with just over 1300 participants turning out for the 6:30am start.
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KCOBA NY Honors Five at Annual Banquet

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Pictured L-R: Perry R. Bloomfield, President; Irwine Clare, Sr. OD, Guest Speaker; Karlene M. Largie, Union of Jamaican Alumni Association Past President; Herman Sang, Ska, Mento, Reggae Musician; Ms. Lillith Barnaby, Retired French Teacher, Kingston College; Barrington Barry G Gordon, OD, Radio Broadcaster extraordinaire; Leighton Hollar, Board Director and President Awardee.

KCOBA USA, Inc. honored five individuals at its 33rd Annual Reunion & Awards Dinner held in New York recently. The theme was “Breaking Ground”.

The honorees were:

· Karlene M. Largie, Union of Jamaican Alumni Association Past President

· Herman Sang, Ska, Mento, Reggae Musician

· Ms. Lillith Barnaby,   read more


Author: Leighton Hollar

A Full House

I am proud to have had the opportunity to attend the Kingston College Old Boys Association USA, INC. 33rd, Annual Reunion & Awards Dinner Ceremony in New York City on May 7, 2016. This fundraising event dubbed 'Breaking Ground' spot lighted the current campaign to upgrade the Douglas Forrest Building   read more

KCOBA (Toronto) – Annual Founder’s Day Service

Author: Lance Seymour

Toronto 2016

On Sunday, April 17, KCOBA (Toronto) members joined with the congregation of St. Mary and St. Martha church in Toronto, to continue the tradition of observing the Annual Founder’s Day Service. The Reverend Canon Beth Benson presided over the service and extended a warm welcome to the KCOBs and their   read more

KCOB Gerald Hector named VP Finance at Cornell University

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Gerald Hector

Reprinted from the Cornell Chronicle

Gerald Hector, vice president for finance and administration at Ithaca College, has been named Cornell’s new vice president for financial affairs, Joanne DeStefano, executive vice president and chief financial officer, announced today. He will join Cornell Aug. 1.

Hector will be a member of DeStefano’s   read more

Business Lessons from Political Nosedives

Author: Ray Ford

Business Lessons

Nine days before the election, I was walking down Duke Street to pay a visit to my attorney. En route, and on the right hand side going south, I saw a rust-covered plaque adorning an entrance-column – the usual head-height spot where attorneys make themselves known. “Heavens,” I mused, “this   read more

Kingston College’s CSEC and CAPE Results Show Marked Improvements, Despite Tough Challenge

Author: Derrick R Wright

Derrick R. Wright

The CSEC and CAPE results are unquestionably the most anxiously awaited sets of examination results every year for secondary school students in the Caribbean. For those who left secondary school many years ago, CSEC is the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, while CAPE is the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination.

To measure   read more

Atlanta Chapter gets Wordpress Website

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Dr Lisa T. Richardson

KCOBA Atlanta has received free web development work courtesy of a KC Old Boy from the 1950s and 1960s. The development work was completed by his daughter through her company. Dr. Lisa Richardson’s father is Lincoln Washington Richardson who graduated KC in 1962.

Lincoln is the Systems Project Manager in   read more

Patrick Hector honored by Tampa Chapter

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Patrick and Joan Hector

The treasurer of the Atlanta Chapter, Patrick Hector, and his wife Joan were recently honored by the Florida’s Tampa Connection of the KC Old Boys’ Association.

The occasion was the Tampa Connection’s annual spring dance held on March 5th, 2016 at the Tampa Letter Carrier’s Hall.

Patrick is a   read more

Fortis Greetings from the Land of our Ancestors

Author: Michael O. Walters

Fortis Greetings from the Land of our Ancestors

During 2012 and 2013, I wrote a series of articles entitled “Fortis Greeting from the land of Your Breadfruit Ancestors….” in reference to my stay in the South Pacific from which the breadfruit in Jamaica originated. This time, though, I write from the land of our ancestors in reference to   read more

Lennox Graham Named Atlantic Region Women Coach

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Lennox Graham

Reprinted from Goldenbullsports.com

New Orleans, La. (May 23, 2016) – Johnson C. Smith University track and field head track and field coach Lennox Graham has been named as the Atlantic Region Women's Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA it was announced on Monday.
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