Rusea's High School in Lucea, Hanover, Jamaica, established in 1777, is the fourth oldest, continuously operated high school in Jamaica, after Wolmer's Boys', one of the Wolmer's Schools (1729), Manning's School (1738) and St. Jago High School (1744).[2]

Rusea's High School
Watson Taylor Drive

Coordinates18°27′11″N 78°10′36″W / 18.45306°N 78.17667°W / 18.45306; -78.17667
TypePublic school (government funded)
MottoLabor omnia vincit
(Work conquers all)
EstablishedDecember 22, 1777; 245 years ago (1777-12-22)
FounderMartin Rusea (bequest)
School code09044[1]
PrincipalLinvern Wright
Years offered713
Age range13-19
Enrolment1,823[1] (2018)
Student to teacher ratio17:1
Colour(s)    Yellow, blue and green
SportsTrack and field, Football, Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Netball, Basketball

History edit

The history of the Rusea's High School dates back thirteen years before the actual establishment of the institution when Martin Rusea, a French refugee, as gratitude to the town of Lucea for the kindness shown to him, bequeathed in his will, dated 23 July 1764, to provide for the establishment of a trust school for the children of Hanover. The school was established on 22 December 1777, when the Jamaica Assembly passed an Act (18 Geo. III c. 7), after which the Free School was formally set up.[3]

In the 18th century, these schools originated from their benefactors’ concerns for the education of the country's poor, usually the children of poor whites, as there was no system in place for the education of the children of slaves.[2]

In 1982, Rusea's High School was merged with the Hanover Secondary School. The combined school retained the name Rusea's High School. The traditional colors of the Rusea's high school are yellow, blue and green.

The school consists two campuses: the main campus located on Watson Taylor Drive; and the Fort Charlotte campus on Fort Charlotte Drive.

Academics edit

In addition to the regular academic curriculum, Rusea's also offers 10 vocational subjects. The sixth-form programme was restarted in 2001 and offers natural science, business studies, the humanities, modern languages and environmental science.

School Profile[1]
Year Enrollment Student-Teacher
2018 1,823 19:1
2017 1,770 18:1
2016 1,838 20:1
2015 1,978 22:1
2014 2,085 25:1
2013 2,173 30:1
2012 2,159 27:1

Sports edit

Rusea's has won the daCosta Cup high-school football competition 11 times (second only to Cornwall College): 1884, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2010, 2011, and 2017.[4] The school has also won or shared the Olivier Shield a total of 6 times: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 2002.[5]

Historic Buildings edit

Fort Charlotte was built in 1761 by the British for the defence of the north-westerly section Jamaica. It was built during the reign of King George III of Great Britain, and is named after his Queen Consort, Charlotte. Alongside the fort is a Georgian brick structure known as The Barracks, which was built in 1843 to provide shelter to the soldiers stationed there. The barracks currently forms part of the Rusea's High School.[6] The Jamaica National Heritage Trust declared Fort Charlotte a national heritage site in 1993.[7]

Notable alumni edit

Former teachers edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Ministry of Education, Youth & Information School Profiles 2018-2019". Ministry of Education, Jamaica. 1 May 2019. p. 22. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "5 Oldest High Schools In Jamaica". The Jamaica Gleaner. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  3. ^ "The Laws of Jamaica (1760-1792)". 1802. p. 223. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. ^ "DaCosta Cup Winners over the Years". Jamaica Observer. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Olivier Shield Winners". Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Fort Charlotte". Jamaica National Heritage Trust. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  7. ^ "National Monuments". Jamaica National Heritage Trust. Retrieved 7 September 2020.