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GRANGE HILL HIGH SCHOOL

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GRANGE HILL HIGH SCHOOL

An Overview

 

The then Grange Hill Secondary School was built in 1967 to accommodate 810 students. The school is built on three acres of land which was given by the West Indies Sugar Company Limited, part of which was used as a tutorial farm. The school is located along the Belle Isle Road which is approximately twenty three chains from the Grange Hill main road and nine miles to the capital Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland. It was opened in September, 1969 with an enrollment of 831 students between the ages of twelve and fifteen in grades seven, eight and nine.

 

In 1974 the school-leaving age was extended to seventeen and two additional grades ten and eleven were included. To accommodate the added number of students the school has to operate on a shift-system. Presently there are over fifteen hundred students on roll. The school has been through a number of phases in its development. In 1996 it was Grange Hill Comprehensive High and in 2000 we were again upgraded to High school.

 

The emphasis in grades ten and eleven has been placed on Vocational Training which provides each student with the basic skill necessary to fit him/her in the job market. This aspect of the child's education has proven very useful in assisting him/her to obtain jobs.

 

Since its inception, the school has had four principals; the first being A.R. Austin, B.Ed., B.Sc., J.P., Mrs. Joyce Austin B.Ed., M.A., Mr. V.L. McNeil, B.A., J.P. and Mr. A.J. Ruddock B.Ed., M. Sc., J.P.

 

The school has made a significant impact on the lives of many of the past and present students and is determined, with the help of the dedicated staff, to continue to play its role in educating those who pass through its doors.

 

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