Hampton School (Jamaica)

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Hampton School

Malvern, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

Hampton School is located in Jamaica
Hampton School
Hampton School
Coordinates 17°57′41″N 77°41′31″W / 17.96136°N 77.69207°W / 17.96136; -77.69207Coordinates: 17°57′41″N 77°41′31″W / 17.96136°N 77.69207°W / 17.96136; -77.69207
Motto Suma virtute et humanitate
(With utmost courage and courtesy)
Founded 1858
Status Open
School number 1-876-966-5161/3
Head of school Heather Murray
Gender Female
Language English, Jamaican English
School colour(s) Blue, white

Hampton School is an all-girls boarding school located in Malvern, Jamaica. It is one of the oldest boarding schools in Jamaica,[1] and was founded in 1858, two years after its all boys counterpart Munro College. The school was originally named Fort-Rose,[1] and was constructed from funds received from the Munro and Dickenson Trust.[1][2][3] The school’s motto is in Latin, "Summa Virtute Et Humanitate", which means: "With Utmost Courage and Courtesy".[3]


On 21 January 1797[4] Robert Munro left a residuary request in his will,[1][2] addressed to his nephew Caleb Dickenson and the Churchwardens of St Elizabeth.[2] Included were instructions to establish a school for the marginalized children in St. Elizabeth.[1][2] In his lifetime Dickenson would augment his uncle's estate, increasing its value.[2] Upon his death in 1821, Dickenson left instructions in his will for the trustees of his wealth to perform his uncle’s wishes.[2]

This request would go unaddressed until 1855, when a new Trustee Board was established, known as “The Governors and Trustees of Munro and Dickenson Free School and Charity”.[2] In 1856 an all-boys school named Potsdam College was erected; two years later, an all-girls school was erected on the same campus.[2][3]  This all-girls school was known as Fort-Rose.[1][2]

The location of the all-girls school was moved several times, first to Torrington, then to Stirling.[2] It would not reach its final and current location, Malvern, until 1885.[2] In 1896, the Malvern House property was purchased for ₤800, and Fort-Rose was renamed to Hampton School.[2]

Historic Buildings[edit]


The Hampton School Chapel was built over a 10-year timespan (1922 to 1932).[2] The Chapel hosts a stained-glass window designed by James Ballantine of Edinburgh.[5][2][6] A piece of granite left over from the construction of Usher Hall in Edinburgh was donated by the builder of the Scottish War Memorial, Neil McLeod.[2][7]

Calder Hall

Calder Hall was officially opened on 8 October 1913, after three and a half years of construction. Its erection was supervised by Henry Maxwell, one of the then trustees of the school. Calder Hall was named after John Vassal Calder, who served as Chairman of the Trust for more than 30 years.ref name=":22"/>

Notable Hamptonians[edit]

Past headmistresses[edit]

  • Miss Elizabeth Ramson (1858–84)[1][2]
  • Miss McCutcheon (1885–89)[1][2]
  • Mrs Julia Comrie (Principal)*, Miss Geddes (Headmistress) (1890–93) [1][2]
  • Miss Holden (1894–1904)[1][2]
  • Miss Maud Barrows (1905–22)[1][2]
  • Miss Campbell (1923–34[1][2]

* For the period (1890–93) Hampton School had attempted to change its leadership structure, introducing both a Principal and Headmistress in 1890, this was done away with in 1894.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Jamaica Observer: Jamaican News Online". www.jamaicaobserver.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Jamaica National Heritage Trust - Jamaica". www.jnht.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hampton School |". www.youthlinkjamaica.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Hampton School", Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
  5. ^ Toune, Edward Cornelius; Adam, Graeme Mercer (1898-01-01). Modern Culture. Self-culture magazine Company. 
  6. ^ Reilly, Catherine (2000). Mid-Victorian Poetry, 1860-1879. A&C Black. ISBN 9780720123180. 
  7. ^ Museums, Imperial War. "Scottish National War Memorial". Imperial War Museums. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 

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