September 2016 Volume 13

KC Old Boy makes Golden History in Rio

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Omar McLeod strikes Olympic Gold

KCOB Omar McLeod ran a superb race to win the 110m hurdles at the Rio Olympics in 13.05 seconds. In so doing, he became the first Jamaican to win gold in that event at the Olympics.
He is also the first KC old boy to win an individual   read more

Five KC Old Boys to be Awarded National Honours

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Ambassador Anthony Johnson, Gary Spalding, Basil Watson and Errol Alberga Jr

Five KC Old Boys will be awarded national honours by the government of Jamaica in 2016. The awards are usually present during a ceremony held in October each year.

Order of Jamaica

  • Ambassador Anthony Johnson for Distinguished National Service in the Public and Private Sectors and for his contribution   read more

US$10,000 Donation boosts KC Synthetic Track Fund

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Noel Spencer and Dr. Patricia Miller- Spencer $10K donation

KC’s principal, Dave Myrie recently received a US$10,000 check towards the planned synthetic track to be installed at the school’s Melbourne campus.

The check was the contribution of Old Boy Noel Spencer and his wife, Dr. Patricia Miller-Spencer. The couple were in Jamaica and made the presentation at Myrie’s office   read more

Class Reunion Planned for 2017

Author: Staff reporter KC Times


A group of KC Old Boys who graduated from KC during the decade of the 1980s is planning a reunion in Atlanta, Georgia next summer.

Plans call for a series of events over the second weekend in June, 2017.

The group is collecting school magazines for the   read more

Proud of Bolt but Feeling Sorry for Gatlin

Author: Michael O. Walters

Justin Gatlin outrun by Usain

I am feeling sorry for Gatlin.  Frankly, I do not believe he deserves the vile comments he has been receiving from Jamaicans. 

Yes, apparently years ago he did some unacceptable things, but never received the level of disrespect as he did in Rio.  He was loudly booed as he   read more

Tribute to Richard Forbes, RHD, Pardy, Bombshell

Author: Dr. Hugh Vaughan

Richard Forbes

I met Richard as a schoolmate at Kingston College when he joined our class in 3A.   He was a typical KC student interested in girls, cars, sports, everything else but schoolwork.

At school Richard was fun loving and like all KC boys, mischievous. Richard’s special interest was gadgets.  These   read more

Clive Barriffe is the New President of the Toronto Chapter

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Clive Bariffe

The Toronto chapter held its Annual General Meeting  on the  June 17, 2016  and elected a new Board of Directors as follows:

Clive Barriffe  (class of 1974) is the new President.

Vice - President - Oliver Lopez (1969)

Secretary - Robert   read more

UJAA Scholarship Awards

Author: George B. Bell

George B. Bell

Kingston College Old Boys Association USA Incorporated (KCOBA USA Inc.) was again proud to offer a scholarship award to the top performing male student at the Union of Jamaica Alumni Association USA Incorporated (UJAA) 26th Annual High School Graduate Awards and Essay Competition. This student, Mr. Geddes O. Alexander II,   read more

KC to Install a Synthetic Running Track

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Purple Track

KC’s principal, Dave Myrie, recently announced plans to install a Regupol synthetic running track at the school’s Melbourne campus in time for the 2017 track and field season. The cost is estimated at US$400,000 and that’s just to install the running track.  The overall project including equipment could top US$500,000.

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KC Old Boys Call Out TVJ over Two Year Suspension of Quiz Team

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Kingston College vs Campion College

It all started when Basil Waite wrote a letter to the Gleaner’s editor questioning whether TVJ’s two-year ban on KC’s Schools Challenge quiz team was fair and on what basis had the media house made such a ruling.

Several other letters soon appeared in both the Gleaner and the   read more

Fortis in Rio

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Jamaica To The World

The Rio Olympics are now over and the crowds have dispersed across the globe.

Jamaica once again made its mark in the Track & Field events collecting 11 medals, six of them gold, three silver and two bronze.  Fortis Omar McLeod made us proud with his historic win in   read more

KC captures the 2016 Roper Cup

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

2016 Roper Cup

KC’s Manning Cup team defeated St. George’s College to win the 2016 Roper cup at Emmet Park during the annual Roper Cup Football Tournament. KC and George’s played to 0-0 draw in the Under-35 game.

In other games, Kingston College won the George Thompson Trophy for Under-14s and 16s   read more

KC Old Boy re-elected to board of Association of Chinese Professionals

Author: Dr. Glen Laman

Glendon Thompson reelected to second two year term as director of the Association of Chinese professionals, fourth from left.

Atlanta Jamaican and KCOB, Glendon Thompson was recently re-elected to the board of the Association of Chinese Professionals Atlanta Chapter.

This is no surprise to Atlanta Jamaicans who know of Glendon’s long association with China and things Chinese.  Glendon travels to China often and made history when he opened   read more

KCOBA USA Annual General Meeting 2016

Author: George B. Bell


The Annual General Meeting of KCOBA USA, Inc. was held on Sunday, July 10, 2016 in the Bronx, New York. As usual, there was an air of anticipation as the membership looked forward to electing the officers and directors of the association.

The outgoing President, Rainford ‘Perry’   read more

Social Media Campaign Launched for Synthetic Track

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Purple Track

A massive social media campaign has been launched to help raise funds for the proposed synthetic track at KC's Melbourne Campus.

The campaign has engaged the IMC Media Group, an integrated marketing communications company based in Brooklyn, NY to design and implement the campaign.
An exciting   read more

KC and the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Championships

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

KC wins CHAMPS 2009

1937 is the year in which Kingston College first won CHAMPS.

KC had a new coach that year. His name was G. C. Foster. He would usher in a new era in KC athletics. KC won Champs with 29 points.

Next year, 2017, will be 80 years since   read more

The Integrity Children's Fund Organization: Increasingly Innovative

Author: Derrick R Wright

Derrick R Wright

June 2016 when I attended what was appropriately billed as an “Evening of Elegance” at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, one key item that I noticed was a large placard announcing that Grace Kennedy Foods and Digicel Jamaica had together donated US$10,000 to Integrity Children’s Fund (ICF), in support of ICF’s   read more

Trevor “Jumpy” Harris Inducted in MSU Athletic Hall of Fame

Author: Staff reporter KC Times

Trevor "Jumpy" Harris

KCOB Trevor “Jumpy” Harris was recently inducted into the Michigan State University (MSU) Athletic Hall of Fame.  Trevor represented MSU in Soccer from 1967 to 1969.

Trevor was represented at the awards ceremony by his son, Wolde Harris, as he was unable to travel due to health issues.

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Son of KCOB scores in Jamaica U17 international debut

Author: Reprinted from Richmond Times Dispatch

Damani Osei

Last month, Damani Osei, a 15-year-old Cosby High School student, scored a goal in his international debut for Jamaica’s under-17 soccer team in a lopsided 9-0 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I received an inside pass from the right back and then cut in on my left,” said Osei,   read more

Mr. Franklyn Bernal’s legacy — if birds could talk…

Author: Reprinted from Jamaica Observer

Franklyn Bernal

In the midst of the unending social discourse and the untiring dynamism which is Jamaican society, a giant of another time, passed quietly.

Mr Frank Bernal, Officer of the order of Distinction (OD), retired civil servant, renowned artist and author, died peacefully on June 2, 2016 after a long and   read more

The Secret of Jamaica’s Runners

Author: Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson

KC Old Boy and Harvard professor of Sociology, Orlando Patterson, wrote this article which the New York Times published on August 13, 2016. He attended KC in the 1950s.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Among the most enigmatic features of Jamaica, an island of only 2.8 million people, is its astonishing supremacy   read more

Date Change for Florida’s Big Purple Session

Author: Staff reporter KC Times


The Florida Chapter’s Big Purple Session will be held this year on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The very popular event attended by hundreds from across the USA and other countries including Jamaica and Canada is normally held on the first weekend of October. This year the venue is not   read more