Timeline

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2016.

  • Alpha football team wins JISA national football league Kingston honors.
  • Alpha band wins the 2016 Jamaica Best School Band Competition.

2015

  • Alpha students earn top national honors in City & Guilds Math and English exams.

2014

  • Alpha Boys School transitioned to the day school called Alpha Institute.
  • Kickstarter campaign successfully funded to build a Radio Studio & Media Lab at Alpha Boys’ School.

2013

  • Michael Thompson, aka Freestylee: Artist Without Borders, donate a new logo to Alpha Boys School.
  • Alpha Boys School Radio is created at www.alphaboysschoolradio.com.

2012

  • The First International Reggae Poster Contest, founded by Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, holds its inaugural exhibition at the National Gallery of Jamaica and the posters are donated to Alpha for auction following the exhibition.

2003

  • Sister Mary Ignatius Davies died on February 9th 2003 in the University Hospital of the West Indies.
  • Enrolment is 250.

2002

  • Alpha is featured in, and Sister Ignatius is invited up to officially open, the Island Revolution exhibit at Experience Music Project (EMP), the innovative museum in Seattle Washington created by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen.
  • The fundraising CD, “Come Dance With Me”, is released. The record was recorded at Studio One and produced by Coxsone Dodd. Musicians include Alpha students and past students including David Madden, Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore and Sparrow Martin, among many others. Sister Ignatius introduces every song.

1989

  • Sister Marie Therese died in Kingston Jamaica.

1987

  • Winston ‘Sparrow’ Martin, a past Alpha student, takes over the position of Band Master.

1984

  • Alpha Boys’ School Centenary Year: Alpha Old Boys’ Association (Jamaica Chapter) held a pop and variety concert at the Carib Theatre, featuring Leroy Smart, Jo Jo Bennett, Felix Taylor, Eggie, Dean Frazer, Ken Boothe, B.B. Seaton, Delroy Wilson, Lloyd Parkes & “We the People Band”, Chalice, The Alpharians and many others.

1980

  • Alpha celebrates its centennial anniversary.

1977

  • Gift to Printery of Heidelberg Press, guillotine and stapling machine from the German Bishops.

1969

  • Don Drummond dies at the age of 35.

1964

  • The Skatallites was formed in May of 1964. Four of its founding members were past students of Alpha Boys’ School: Don Drummond, Johnny ‘Dizzy’ Moore, Lester Sterling O.D., and Tommy McCook.

1962

  • Jamaican Independence.

1960

  • St. John Bosco, a branch of Alpha Boys’ School, opens in Hatfield, Manchester in Jamaica.

1959

  • ABS won the Harrison Cricket Cup (a competition for Private Secondary Schools) for the first of many times.

1955

  • Lennie Hibbert succeeds Ruben Delgado as Band Master.
  • Enrolment is 500.

1952

  • The new junior home and Paul Dormitory is completed.

1951

  • Hurricane Charlie destroyed the Junior Home and the Paul Dormitory. Four boys lost their lives.

1950

  • Don Drummond left Alpha Boys’ School at the age of 16.

1947

  • The St. Joseph’s Hostel for working boys was opened on the site of the now Jessie Ripoll School.

1939

  • Sister Mary Ignatius joined the Convent of Mercy – Alpha on February 1st 1939 after attending Alpha Academy for Girls.

1937

  • Enrolment reaches 400.

1916

  • Woodwork trade is established.

1908

  • Gift of brass instruments from the Roman Catholic Bishop of Jamaica to the school started the now popular Alpha Boys’ Band. The Jamaica Defence Force appointed Sgt. Walter Harrison as drill instructor to Alpha Boys’ School, a post he filled until 1965.

1907

  • The great earthquake of 1907 destroyed many buildings. For months the boys slept in tents.

1895

  • Alpha’s first printery was established. The first Catholic Opinion Newspaper in Jamaica was printed at Alpha.

1892

  • The school’s band started as a Drum and Fife Corps.

1890

  • The Sisters of Mercy arrive at Alpha from Bermondsey, England, on the 12th of December. Alpha’s founders join the order of Sisters of Mercy two months later as Sisters Mary Peter Claver, Mary Joseph and Margaret Mary.
  • The governor of Jamaica, Sir Henry Blake, authorises Alpha Boys School as an “Industrial School” on the 20th August.

1884

  • A few boys were admitted to Alpha Cottage.

1880

  • Forty-three acres of land at 26 South Camp Road was bought for £400 by Ms Jessie Ripoll, a Jamaican of Portuguese parentage. Born a mere 17 years after slavery was abolished, Ms Ripoll’s experience of the effects of poverty and homelessness moved her to dedicate her life to the poor children of Jamaica. Starting with an orphan girl, Jessie Ripoll and two friends (Josephine Ximinez and Louise Dugiol) formed the Alpha Cottage orphanage on May 1, 1880.