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St. George's College, Jamaica

St. George's College
Winchester Park
North Street
Motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
(For the Greater Glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s) Christianity
Denomination Roman Catholicism
Patron saint(s) St. George
Founded September 2, 1850
Founder Fr. Emmanuel Gil, S.J.
School board Ministry of Education
Gender All-male
Enrolment 1350
Houses Bellarmine (red & gold), Campion (red & white), Loyola (green & white), Regis (red & green) and Xavier (blue & gold)
School colour(s) Blue and White
Athletics Basketball, badminton, chess, cricket, football, lawn tennis, rugby, swimming, table tennis, track & field, water polo
Mascot St. George
Nickname George's or STGC
Rival Kingston College

St. George's College is an all-male, Roman Catholic high school in Kingston, Jamaica; as of 2005, the College opened its Pre-University Programme (Sixth Form) to female students. It was established 1850 by 21 Spanish Jesuits who had been exiled from Colombia as part of a religious persecution. Today, it is one of the oldest and most respected learning institutions in the country, producing at least six Rhodes Scholars.


  • History 1
  • Motto 2
  • Notable Alumni 3
  • Rhodes Scholar 4
  • External links 5


Early beginnings

St. George's Colonial College was founded in 1850 by twenty-one (21) Spanish Jesuits who had been exiled from Colombia as part of a religious persecution. The Colombian Government had given them approximately 9 hours to leave the country by any means necessary. After they failed to leave, due to unavailability of transportation, the government extended their time to 48 hours; within the 48 hour time, a lone ship was leaving for Jamaica, which they boarded.

At their head was Fr. Emmanuel Gil, S.J., a distinguished scholar and former court preacher to the King of

Jamaica's first Faculty of Sciences

In 1945, the first Biology classes were started at the College, again with Fr. Blatchford, S.J. being the initiator. In January 1947 the present Biology lab was completed and commissioned into operation. It is again to be noted that these were the first Chemistry and Biology laboratories on the island. The Chemistry lab built even before the University of the West Indies (U.W.I.) was built, and the Biology lab was built before the U.W.I. had any labs constructed.

Continuing the emphasis in sciences, the Physics lab was built and completed in January 1953, thus completing the "Faculty of Sciences" at the College. The building was dedicated by Rt. Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J. on Friday, June 26, 1953.

Becoming a Government school

St. George's College decided to become a grant-in-aid school in 1936, and it became a part of the Government's educational system. The Jamaican Government would provide the funds for the salaries of the teaching faculty and staff. This new status, however, forced the Jesuits to give up some control of the school to the Ministry of Education. In 1956, the Ministry of Education established a Common Entrance Examination, ending the College's own entrance examination and selection of its students. The Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) was initiated in 1998, further regularising the entrance of students.

Discipline has always been a strong element of St. George's College, and the College's Merit/ Demerit system was inaugurated by Fr. William Hannas, S.J. in 1940. This system was instituted to maintain a firm discipline but also to encourage a spirit of competition. To this end, Fr. Hannas, S.J. emphasised the English-based House system already existing at the College. The student body at that time was divided into three 'houses': Bellarmine, Campion and Xavier, named after Jesuit saints. Two more houses were later added: Loyola in September 1941, and Regis in the late 1950s. These five (5) houses have become rivals for leadership in studies, sports and discipline.

Recent Development

The campus has continued to build up. In 1950, as part of the College's Centenary Anniversary, the Old Boys' Association made a commitment to construct a pavilion at Emmet Park. This was completed and handed over to the College on July 1, 1951. In 1955, the lawn tennis courts were built. In March 1956, the roadway to link Emmet Park with the rest of the campus was constructed.

St. George's College has continued to grow. The Abe Issa Auditorium, the Fr. William Hannas Building (which houses the Canteen), and the Fr. Crutchley, S.J. Computer Laboratory were completed by 1986, and Emmet Park was restored in 1991. The USAID-funded Butler building expansion, and the Student Development Centre were completed in 1993, and the Archbishop Samuel E. Carter, S.J. Library was completed in 1997. The Thomas Brodley, S.J. Computer Laboratory was completed in 2002.

Student and Staff Population

The size of the student population has continued to grow steadily over the years. In 1905 when the College moved to Winchester Park, the student population was approximately one hundred (100) students. By 1942, the student enrollment had slowly risen to two hundred and thirty-five (235) students; by 1952, four hundred and fifty-two (452) students, and in 1962, the year Jamaica gained independence, enrollment had risen to in excess of eight hundred (800) students. As of 2005, there were almost one thousand, three hundred and fifty (1350) students. Correspondingly, the size of the faculty has also grown steadily. In 1905, there were eleven teachers (six Jesuits and five lay men) but by 1942, the number had risen slightly to thirteen faculty members (twelve Jesuits and one lay man). In 1952, there were twenty-six (26) teachers (eighteen Jesuits and eight lay men). As of 2005, there were more than seventy (70) teachers in office for the next five years.


The school's motto reflects the vision and spirit of the over-160-year-old institution: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God). Built on such traditions, the future is bright for St. George's College.


The school's full motto is Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God).

Notable Alumni

St. George's College has produced a number of prominent members of Jamaican society, including a number of academics, entertainers, radio and television personalities, prominent businessmen and high-ranking executives in major Jamaican companies.


  • Professor Emeritus Anthony Chen (Member of Nobel Prize Team, 2007)
  • Professor Trevor Munroe (Executive Director, National Integrity Action)
  • Professor Robert Lue (Director, Life Sciences Education at Harvard)
  • Dr. Paris Lyew-Ayee (Director, Mona GeoInformatics Institute; conceptualiser and primary developer of Caribbean's first global positioning satellite [GPS] system)
  • Bishop Percival Gibson (founder and former Headmaster of Kingston College; former member of Jamaica's Legislative Council [now Senate])
  • Reverend Glen Archer (educator and internationally acclaimed spelling coach)
  • Professor Robert Hill (recipient of Institute of Jamaica’s Gold Musgrave Medal for outstanding work in positioning Marcus Garvey in the annals of World history)
  • Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong (Senior Consulting Physician, University Health Network, Toronto; recipient of Canada's 3M Fellowship Award for teaching)
  • Professor Alston "Barry" Chevannes, O.J., O.D. (sociologist)

Arts and Culture

  • Byron Lee, O.J., C.D.
  • Stephen Marley
  • George Carter, C.D. (honoured for his contribution to Theatre and as a founding member of the Credit Union Movement in Jamaica)
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Kristoffer Cooper- Actor (Cool Runnings)
  • Ricardo Finnis, filmmaker
  • Clyde McKenzie (entertainment consultant and media personality)
  • Neville 'Bertis' Bell (morning show host and media personality)
  • Teddy Patel ( Actor - First Jamaican TV series -Life with the Littles)

Business and Finance

  • Hon. Dr. G. Raymond Chang, O.J., O.C. (former Chancellor Emeritus Ryerson University, Canada)
  • Francis "Paco" Kennedy (former President, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce)
  • Ferdinand Mahfood, O.J. (Founding Member, former CEO, Food for the Poor)
  • Robin Mahfood (Founding Member, President, CEO, Food for the Poor)
  • Hon. Abe Issa ('The Father of Jamaican Tourism')
  • Paul Issa (Deputy Chairman, House of Issa Group of Companies)


  • Monsignor Gladstone Wilson ('7th Most Learned Man in the World')
  • Rev. Fr. Richard Ho Lung (founder, Missionaries of the Poor)
  • Archbishop Lawrence A. Burke, S.J.
  • Rev. Fr. Denis Crutchley (first Jamaican Headmaster of St. George's College)


  • Thomas Lyew
  • Richard Thompson
  • Glenn Chin (Mission Specialist at NASA)

Politics and Law

  • Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding
  • Senator Dwight Nelson
  • Senator Don Wehby
  • Senator Alexander Williams
  • Ambassador K.G. Anthony Hill, C.D.
  • The Hon. Mr. Justice Ian Forte, O.J., C.D., Q.C. (former Director of Public Prosecutions and President of the Court of Appeal)
  • The Hon. B. St. Michael Hylton, O.J., Q.C. (former Solicitor General and Chairman of the General Legal Council)
  • Reverend the Hon. Ronald Thwaites (Media Personality, Lawyer, Catholic Deacon, Current Minister of Education)
  • Mr. Earl Witter (former Public Defender)
  • Mr. Terrence Williams (Commissioner, Independent Commission of Investigations)
  • Maurice Tenn (Rhodes Scholar; attorney-at-law; former PNP Senator and Junior Finance Minister)


  • Dr. Aggrey Irons (consultant psychiatrist)
  • Professor John Peter Figueroa (noted epidemiologist)
  • Professor Terrence Forrester (professor of experimental medicine; recipient of Gold Musgrave Medal for contribution to science)


  • John Barnes (commentator and pundit, ESPN and SuperSport)
  • Russell Bell (footballer)
  • Alfred Binns
  • John Groves
  • Roy McCatty (cricketer)
  • Andre Lewis (footballer; #7 Draft Pick, MLS)
  • Tyrone Marshall (coach; former Jamaican footballer)
  • Andrew Price (footballer; General Manager, Premier League Clubs' Association)
  • Andy Williams (1998 World Cup Reggae Boy)
  • Craig Ziadie (footballer)
  • Dennis Ziadie (footballer)


Rhodes Scholars

  • 1997 Williams, Cory (Green) Educ. St. George's College; University of the West Indies, B.Sc. (Med.) PhD Clinical Medicine (Oxford)
  • 1996 Thompson, Richard (Trinity) Educ. St. George's College; University of the West Indies, B.Sc. (Elect. Eng.) First Class; D. Phil (Eng.).)
  • 1993 Thwaites, Daniel John (Commonwealth Caribbean and Campion Hall), b 22 Sept 1971, Kingston, Jamaica. Educ St. Georges's Coll, Ont 1987-9; Queen's Univ Kingston (Ont) 1989-91, BA 1991; Univ W Indies 1991-2; Campion Hall 1992-4 (Scholp 1993-4, Jurispr 2:1 cl 1994; Heythrop Coll, London from 1994, reading for MA (Philos). 62 Duke Street, Kingston, Jamaica.
  • 1968 Thwaites, Ronald George (Campion Hall).b. 12 February 1945. Educ. St. George's College; Cornell Univ. B.A. 1967; Univ. of the W. Indies 1967-68. Jurispr. 2nd Cl. Univ. of the W. Indies: Research Fellow in Faculty of Law 1970-.; PartTime Lect., Dept. of Hist. 1973; Lect., Dept of Sociol. 1971-. Kingston Legal Aid Clinic: Dir. And Chmn. Of Board 1973-75. Chmn, of Board, Dir., Social Action Centre 1975-. Practice of Law 1976-. Host JBC's Public Eye Programme Since 1976. Deacon, Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1966 Munroe, Trevor St. George (New College).b.10 December 1944. Educ. St. George's College; Univ. of the W. Indies, B.Sc. Econ. 1st Cl. Hons. M.Sc. Govt. 1966. Nuffield Coll. 1967-69 D.Phil. Social Scns. Lect., 1969–77; Sr. Lect. 1977- Dept of Govt., UWI; Res. Fellowships ISER 1977/78; Dept. of Pol. Studies, Queen's University Can. 1988-89; Institute od Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands 1989-90; Co-Editor ABENG Newspaper 1969; Pres. University & Allied Workers Union 1977-; General Secretary, Workers Party of Jamaica 1978-.
  • 1956 Tenn, Maurice Samuel George (Oriel).b. 26 January 1934. Educ. St. George's College; Princeton, B.A. 1956. Mod. Hist. 2nd Cl. Read for B. Litt. Senator and Parliamentary Secretary, Min. of Finance 1976, Min./Dir. Consular and Legal Services, J.High Commission London 1977-80.

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