Today, Kingston College stands as a beacon of unparalleled success. In its first 55 years, four Rhodes Scholars were produced along with countless Jamaica Scholars. It now caters to over 2200 boys from ages 12-19 over two campuses and is the only school to consistently top EVERY academic and co-curricular competition:
However, the driving force behind this educational juggernaut is not the list of notables who have excelled in their chosen fields; it has always been and continues to be the willingness of alumni to identify with the ‘Fortis’ spirit of maintaining close ties with the school and giving back to ‘The College’ in various ways.
The average Kingston College pupil still hails from the less salubrious parts of Jamaica and, in a country with over 33% of its 3 million inhabitants living below the poverty line, there is an acceptance that this dedication to philanthropy through esprit-de-corps, must be unyielding if the vision of 1925 – that every child shall access quality education regardless of socio-economic realities – is to be realised.
The KCOBAUK-Europe primary aims are:
We will support those aims by:
For the past 95 years, Kingston College has allowed tens of thousands of Jamaican boys to access the world by exposing us to learning which offers breadth and depth. Boys have become men; men have become leaders but, like Kipling urged, the ability to “talk to crowds and keep your virtue” or even to “walk with kings, (without) losing the common touch” are essential ingredients in the shaping of the young man for whom “the Earth is yours (his), and everything that’s in it.” KCOBUK-EU, will assiduously pursue charitable endeavours that improve lives; in the United Kingdom, Jamaica and across the world.
Kingston College alumni are scattered all over the world and many famous names can be readily pulled from all walks of life:
•Michael Holding, Marlon Samuels, Collie Smith – Famous West Indies Cricketers
•Omar Mcleod, Lennox Miller, Davian Clarke – Olympic Gold, silver and bronze medallists
•Horace Orlando Patterson: John Cowless professor of sociology, Harvard and author of ‘The Children of Sisyphus’ and ‘Die the Long Day’ among others.
•Steven Vasciannie: President of the University of Technology Jamaica, Rhodes Scholar, UN International Law Commission member and Professor of International law
•Delroy Chuck QC, MP: Minister of Justice Jamaica, Rhodes Scholar