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Wolmer's Schools

Tuesday, April 03, 2012    

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WOLMER'S High School has a great history. The boys' school is the oldest school in the Caribbean. It was founded in 1729 after John Wolmer stipulated in his will that a portion of his estate be used for the foundation of a school.

Subsequently, a law was passed to state that there should be no discrimination as it relates to colour or class, and neither for boys nor girls.

In 1986, the school separated into two schools — one for boys and one for girls.

However, due to the unfortunate occurrence of the 1907 earthquake, Wolmer's had to relocate to its current location, near National Heroes' Circle.

The school's motto 'Age Quod Agis', means 'Whatever You Yo, Do It Well'.

Its colours are maroon and gold and it maintains a notable alumni including former prime minister and current Chancellor of the University of Technology, Edward Seaga; businessman LP Azar; Olympian Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce; national football representative Luton Shelton; and entertainers Sean Paul and Wayne Marshall.

Today, the schools have over 1,500 students and over 150 staff members. Not only do they excel in academics, but soar in the fields of sports and other clubs and societies. In 2010, the boys' school celebrated the 100th year of ISSA Boys' Althletics Championships with a victory, much the same as they won the first instalment of the games in 1910.

Wolmer's Schools have had numerous headmasters — with Dr Waldon Small and Colleen Montague being the most recent for the boys' and girls' respectively — all managing to maintain the high standards of Wolmer's.

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