St. Jago High School

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Saint Jago High School

33 Monk Street
Spanish Town, St Catherine

St. Jago High School is located in Jamaica
St. Jago High School
St. Jago High School
Coordinates 17°59′59″N 76°57′05″W / 17.9998306°N 76.9513053°W / 17.9998306; -76.9513053Coordinates: 17°59′59″N 76°57′05″W / 17.9998306°N 76.9513053°W / 17.9998306; -76.9513053
School type Public school (government funded)
Motto Labor Omnia Vincit
(Work Conquers All, Labor Conquers All)
Patron saint(s) St. James
Established 1744
Founder Peter Beckford (bequest)
Status open
Chairperson Hon. Justice Lensley Wolfe
Dean Mrs. Antoinette Wright-Dallen
Principal Mrs. Sandra Watson
Vice principal Mr Michael Yee Sing and
Ms Ardene Jones
Chaplain Rev. Khaliah Kinkead
Staff 120+
Faculty 100+
Grades 1st - 5th Form, Lower Six and Upper Six
Age 11 to 20
Number of students 1800+
Sixth Form Students 300+
Language English
Hours in school day Curricular: 8:20 to 2:40
Extra-Curricular: 3:00 to 4:00
Classrooms 36
Houses Houses
School colour(s) Green & Gold         
Slogan Number One!
Song Born in the Shades of Ancient Santiago
Mascot Lion
Nickname Jago, Ravensworth
Accreditation Ministry of Education Jamaica
Yearbook Ravensworth Review
Webmaster Shane Edwards
Librarian Stephanie Wright-Grant
Bursar Yvonne Lee
PTA President Allan White
PSA President Lenworth Wallace

St Jago High School (formerly Beckford & Smith) in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Jamaica, founded in 1744, is one of the oldest, continuously operated schools in the Western Hemisphere. It is renowned for graduating some of Jamaica's senior military officers, world class cricketers, academic scholars, performing artists, and Olympic athletes.


St Jago was founded in 1744 under the will of Colonel Peter Beckford, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica. It began as the Free School of St. Jago-de-la-Vega and later amalgamated two schools, Beckford and Smith (a boy's school) and Cathedral Girls High. Its grounds were commonly known as Ravensworth.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

  • Sports, particularly track and field.
  • Performing arts (participant in annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Performing: : Arts Festivals).
  • School's Challenge Quiz Competition; winners on four occasions, most recently 2010.
  • First Jamaica Guide Company (which began in Jamaica in 1915 at Cathedral High School for Girls)

Athletic houses[edit]

The school has 6 houses which compete for athletic honours:

  • Beckford (Red)
  • Bell (Green)
  • Campbell (Orange)
  • Nuttall (Purple)
  • Smith (Blue)
  • Wortley (Yellow)

Alumni - Jamaican leaders[edit]


  • Orville Manning

Olympians include[edit]


  1. ^ "Athletes - Dowdie Peta-Gaye Biography". Retrieved 2011-08-28. 

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