April 2020 Volume 16

Corona Claims life of a Fortis on the Frontlines

Author: O’Neil A Reid

Ian Williams Wilson

KC Old Boy Ian Williams Wilson, aka Pete, aka Willo, is reportedly the first old boy to succumb to the deadly coronavirus.

He was a nurse working on the frontline in the battle against the disease in New York.

Ian graduated KC in 1985 and   read more

Coronavirus Pandemic Shuts Down Champs

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Coronavirus Pandemic Shuts Down Champs

Champs and Penn Relays Canceled. Tokyo Olympics Postponed

As the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus engulfs the world, sporting events and extra-curricular activities have taken a big hit.

The annual ISSA Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships(Champs) has been canceled as a safety   read more

Former NY Chapter Board Member Succumbs to Coronavirus

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Donald Bookal

Mr. Donald Bookal, former board member of KCOBA New York chapter died of the Coronavirus. He served on the board during the 1980’s and was the land Parish Administrator of St Luke's Episcopal Church, Bronx, NY.

New York is considered the epicenter of the virus outbreak in   read more

Douglas Forrest A Man for All Seasons

Author: Peter Maxwell

Douglas Wrexham Eric Forrest

On October 26, 2010 in the St. Augustine Chapel, 2A North Street, Kingston, Peter Maxwell, former Kingston College Head Boy (1956 – 1957), delivered the second in the series of the Kingston College Old Boys Association sponsored Douglas Forrest Lectures, before an enthralled audience of students, teachers, wells wishers   read more

Six reasons to buy and read Frances Coke’s new book, The Spirit of Clovelly Park

Author: Dr. Cedric Lazarus

Spirit of Clovelly Book Cover

Reason number one: You might be in it. If you attended KC in the 1970s you might be in the book. Who can’t relate to a boy asking the teacher why his poor mother needed to buy one exercise book for English language and another for English literature when   read more

21 Little And Well Known Facts About Champs

Author: Hugh Reid

Purple Track

Champs began in 1910 as a standardized sports day for six of Jamaica's oldest high schools, Potsdam (now Munro College), St. George's College, Jamaica College, the Wolmer's School, New College and Mandeville Middle Grade School. It is now the biggest track and field event involving high school students anywhere   read more

KCOBA to host Online Covid-19 Primetime Event

Author: Staff reporter KC Times


You are invited to Join our Covid-19 panel on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 8 PM EST | 7 PM Jamaica time for the FORTIS COVID-19 PRIMETIME EVENT - The Impact on our families, The School, and The Fortis Community.

We will hear from two COVID-19 Survivors,   read more

How KC is Coping with Coronavirus School Closing

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

How KC is Coping with Coronavirus School Closing

All Jamaican public schools have been ordered closed by the government of the island. This is in response to the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. It is an attempt to curb the spread of the virus which arrived on the island from other countries.

The latest   read more

COVID-19 Report from Hangzhou, Zhejiang

Author: Glendon Thompson

Glendon Thompson

KCOB Survived Lock-down in China

My apartment complex in Hangzhou is snuggled between lush green hills and a lake, high enough to see the morning clouds at eye level.

My first encounter with COVID-19 was when I was refused entry into my apartment complex   read more

KCPTA Elects New Board for 2020-21

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Picture L-R: Ms. Myrna Osbourne (Asst. PRO), Ms. Peta Gaye Wynter (President), Ms. Francine McCalla (PRO), Mr. Herman Grace (VP), Ms. Venoris Bryce (Asst. Secretary), Ms. Nadia Nichols (Asst. Treasurer), Ms. Shari Coombs (Treasurer), Mrs. Sonia Nicholson (Secretary), Mr. Stewart Jacobs (Immediate Past President)

The Kingston College Parent Teacher Association held its election for the 2020/2021 Board on Thursday, January 16 at North Street in the St. Augustine Chapel.

The sitting president Stewart Jacobs did not seek re-election and Ms. Peta-Gaye Wynter was duly elected as the president for the association.   read more

Old Boy Visits 97 Countries Living a Life of Purpose and Global Impact

Author: Sharon Henriques

Krishna Brown aound the world

What do Bob Marley, Devon Harris and Usain Bolt have in common? It’s pretty clear. They are all Jamaican history makers and Krishna Brown is no exception. Former headboy of Kingston College and cultural ambassador to Jamaica residing in Madrid has been creating history for Jamaica behind the scenes   read more

Tampa Connection’s 12th Annual Dinner Dance

Author: Roland Satchel

L-R: Jeff Hoyes, Gary Richards, Keith Rowe, Norman Noble, Mike Hoyes, Richard Oakley, Earl Miller, Ricardo Belnavis, Dave Myrie, David Ashman, Ricardo Mcpherson, Delroy Rookwood, Perry Bloomfield, Roland Satchell

The KCOBA Tampa Connection had its 12th annual dinner/dance on Saturday, March 07, 2020, which was well supported and attended notwithstanding the outbreak of Covid-19.

In attendance at this year event we had some special guests: Principal and Mrs Dave Myrie, Consul General R. Oliver Mair and   read more

Fortis Friday in Toronto

Author: Dr. Cedric Lazarus

Toronto president Clive Barriffe with Rachel and Israel

On Friday, February 21, 2020 at the quarterly Fortis Friday get-together in Toronto approximately forty-five KC Old Boys and friends turned up at 7pm to hear former KC English teacher and prominent author Rachel Manley read excerpts from her novel The Black Peacock. It was also the occasion to   read more

KCPTA - End of Tenure Report

Author: Stewart Jacob

KCPTA Executive 2019-2020

President Jacobs will not seek re-election for 2021

September 2019 was, indeed, a memorable school term - one to be remembered. We welcomed the over 300 first formers to our school – moreso, the PTA executive made itself available at all grade orientations.

Next   read more

Herb Elliott’s Death A Massive Blow To Sports In Jamaica’

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner

Dr Herb Elliot

KC Old Boy was head of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake says the death of former chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Herb Elliott is a massive blow to sports in Jamaica.

Dr Elliott,   read more

A $1.2-Million Gift to KC

Author: HG Helps

Administrative bishop for Eastern Canada, and pastor of Praise Cathedral Worship Centre in Mississauga, the largest black church in Canada, Lennox Walker

Reprinted from the Jamaica Observer

Canadian bishop with no link to famous school makes it a four-timer

FOR the fourth-straight year a Canadian bishop who has no connection to Kingston College (KC) has given money to that all-boys' high school.

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Carey McLeod Racks up SEC Honors at Tennessee

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Carey Mcleod

KCOB Carey McLeod has been collecting SEC honors at the University of Tennessee. And he was recently named as a nominee for the NCAA indoor athlete of the 2020.

McLeod won the men’s long jump on 28 Feb, the first day of the SEC Indoor Championships at   read more

An interview with Kingston College Multi-Sports Legend (Track, Football) – Bally Reid

Author: Dr. Cedric Lazarus

Bally with the Pygmies in Congo

CL: Bally, we started at KC at the same time but I cannot recall that you were much into track while we were at Melbourne. Were you only a footballer then or were you hiding your track talent in those early years?

BR: One of the reasons   read more

Fortis Leadership Program

Author: Dr. Ivor Nugent

Pete Kennedy at 2019 Prizegiving

'Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less!' - my friend and worldwide leader John Maxwell.

Pete Kennedy is a leader and a man of exemplary character and a past student of Kingston College (KC).

Attending KC was the birthplace of   read more

A Health Perspective

Author: Hugh Reid

Hugh Reid

Are you in good health? Are you sure? Are you really sure?

Women generally outlive men and one often quoted reason for this is that as men, we do not take care of our health and even boast that we do not go to a doctor. I   read more

Interview with Kingston College Track & Field Legend – Dr. Noel Gray

Author: Dr. Cedric Lazarus

Noel Gray in action

As we start the 2020 track and field season Dr. Cedric Lazarus in Toronto will be doing a series of interviews with outstanding KC athletes of the past. The first athlete he interviewed was the Florida based Dr. Noel Gray who as a teenager at KC in the 70s   read more

My Encounter with COVID-19

Author: Alton Brown

Alton C. Brown

I woke up on Tuesday morning with a mild sore throat.

Never giving it a serious second thought, I decided that maybe an early morning mix of running and sprints at the park fueled by the crisp northeastern morning air would help clear out the old winter   read more