About Kingston College
Kingston College is an all boys’ traditional high school located in Kingston, Jamaica. It occupies two campuses: The Melbourne campus on Upper Elletson road and the larger North Street campus. Some 1900 students are enrolled.
Kingston College is also referred to as “KC” and is well known for the loyalty of its students and alumni who proudly display what is known as the “Fortis Spirit” of determination and perseverance. These qualities are enshrined in the school’s motto, “Fortis Cadere Cedere non Potest” which is Latin for “The Brave May Fall but Never Yield.”
The school is noted for a strong academic and sports tradition. It also boasts a world class boys’ choir, the Kingston College Chapel Choir that has given concerts across the island and overseas.
The school is owned by the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (Anglican).
Students are prepared to sit the CSEC and CAPE examinations.
Kingston College is a traditional high school committed to promoting a sound basic education consistent with the expectations of the various syllabuses provided by the Caribbean Examinations Council.
The school emphasizes the importance of good conduct, proper grooming, punctuality, and aspects of individual behavior which contribute to good citizenship. We endeavour to ensure that all studentsare able to derive maximum benefit from classroom activities as well as structured extra-curricular programmes.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to play their part in motivating their sons/wards as well as complementing the school’s official agenda. To this end the goals and objectives will only be attainable through the resources at our disposal at school and at home.
Kingston College seeks:
- To maximize the potential of our young men through structured classroom activities and extracurricular programmes.
- To appreciate that learning is not a matter for school but for life and productive citizenship.
- To instill Christian moral values within the traditions of the Anglican family
The school’s first principal, Bishop Percival Gibson aimed to develop boys into Christian gentlemen. They were to have the qualities of:
- Sound character
- Hard work
- Racial tolerance
- Insensitivity to class status
- Proper dress and grooming
- Good sportsmanship
- Obedience to the laws of the land
- Appreciation of art, music, literature
- Being knowledgeable
History of Kingston College
In 1917, Percival W. Gibson becomes the first Jamaican to gain the Bachelor of Divinity degree externally in Jamaica from the University of London.
In 1924, Gibson and his sister, Gwendolyn, purchase the property at 1143/4 East Street, the former All Saints Rectory, and Archbishop Cecil de Carteret founded Kingston College with Gibson as its first principal.
Kingston College (KC) opened its doors on April 16, 1925 with an enrollment of 49 boys.
In 1932, the school becomes a government grant-aided secondary school meaning that the government would provide funds to the school although the administration and ownership remained intact.
In 1933, the Church of England declares the school a diocesan school and allocates funds for construction of new buildings.
In 1934, the school is relocated from East Street to Clovelly Park on North Street and some of the ‘modern school buildings in Jamaica.’
In 1947, Gibson is ordained as the Suffragan Bishop of Kingston. St. Augustine’s Chapel is dedicated to the African Saint and the Kingston College Chapel Choir is established.
In 1948, there are 500 students enrolled. It is the largest secondary school in Jamaica.
In 1949, KC wins the Manning Cup and Olivier shield in football, both for the first time.
In 1955, Gibson becomes the first native Lord Bishop of Jamaica and resigns as headmaster. He is succeeded by first master, Douglas Forrest.
In 1964, KC makes history as the first Jamaican high school to compete in the Penn Relays.
In 1975, KC wins the Track & Field Competition, “Champs” for the 14th consecutive year.
In 1986, the KC Development Trust Fund is established.
The Board of Governors
Chairman of the Board – Michael Vaccianna
Mr. Michael Vaccianna is a KC Old Boy. He is a senior partner in the law firm Vaccianna & Whittingham. He has over thirty three (33) years standing at the Jamaican Bar and holds a LL.B. degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica.
He has had extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters, primarily in project development and financing, mining and energy, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and international trade.
Mr. Vaccianna is well known for his expertise in the energy and electricity sectors and has represented independent power producers and provided legal advice in the development of regulations for the electricity sector and the drafting of electricity licences. He has actively participated in the negotiation and structuring of large financing packages for infrastructure projects for the energy, sugar, hotel, transportation and alumina industries, including securitization transactions, on behalf of borrower and lender.
He has also participated in the negotiation and preparation of bauxite, alumina and fuel supply agreements. He has collaborated extensively with a number of major foreign law firms by providing advice on Jamaican law in diverse corporate and commercial matters.
He is a member of the Jamaican Bar Association and Associate Member of the American Bar Association.
He serves as the Chairman of the Hotel Four Seasons and the Board of Management of Kingston College.
He is the Chairman of the Insurance Committee and Member of the Finance and Audit and the Securities Committee of the Board of Commissioners.
The KC Crest
The “Crest” bears the colors purple and white which represents the Episcopal colours and speaks of our religious connections. Purple was the color the Roman Empire and was used by the Greeks to honor their Olympic heroes.
The pineapple symbolizes the field of labor and fruitfulness, the dog, the animal of loyalty, fidelity and watchfulness.
The book represents the Bible and academics. The Latin motto, “Fortis Cadere Cedere Non Potest” translates into “The Brave May Fall but Never Yield.”
The crest was design by Mr. Frank Cundall, then Curator at the Institute of Jamaica to mirror the school’s ideals and philosophy.