April 2023 Volume 19

Prominent Old Boy calls for Initiative to Build Auditorium at KC

Dr. Glen Laman
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After the recent Champs victory, Kingston College held a celebration on the Monday after at the school’s campus on North Street. It was KC’s 34th hold on the ISSA /Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championship.

Joining the school in the festivities were several prominent old boys including Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, the Honourable Delroy Chuck, who called for the school to start fundraising for a long-discussed auditorium.

His remarks are as follows:

“The recently concluded ISSA School Champs, won by our school KC, was a glorious affair. It brought so much joy and exhilaration to KC, the old boys, parents and supporters of the school. While celebrating with the school on Monday, 3rd April, I learnt that a school auditorium has been contemplated for years - time come for it to happen. In 2025, KC celebrates its 100th Anniversary and the auditorium would be a fitting tribute and appreciation to the school from all the old boys. I hope the school through the Board, Headmaster and affiliated old boys’ associations can put together an AUDITORIUM FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE to bring the auditorium to fruition in 2025.

The idea of an auditorium for KC is not a new one. Over ten years ago such a proposal first surfaced, and designs and plans were developed. Other pressing issues caused those original plans to be shelved and the idea almost forgotten.

Delroy Chuck KC is a lawyer, journalist and politician. He is currently the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Saint Andrew Northeastern and the Minister of Justice.

Over the years, Chuck also served as a Teacher in Mathematics, Senior Lecturer in Law, columnist for the Gleaner newspaper, and commentator on social, political, economic, constitutional and legal issues.

He was first elected to office in 1997 at the age of 47, as a Member of Parliament (MP) to represent the Constituency of Northeast St. Andrew.

A graduate of Kingston College, he attended from 1962 to 1969. While at KC he served as Deputy Head Boy and was president of Interact Club and an active member of the chess and lawn tennis clubs. He represented his school in both sports.

He left Kingston College with five 'A' levels and a scholarship to University of the West Indies, where he earned a BSc (Hons) in special mathematics.

His hard work and keen attention to detail paid off when he became the Jamaica Rhodes Scholar in 1973. He went on to St. Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford, England, where he read Law.

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