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Islington High to be renamed in honour of Horace Clarke

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Another high school is to be renamed this month for a politician. This time, it is the Islington High School, situated in Central St Mary, which will take on the name Horace Clarke High School.

The Portia Simpson Miller-chaired Cabinet has approved the renaming of the school in honour of former government minister Horace Clarke.

Clarke, who died in 2010, was a pivotal figure for the People's National Party (PNP). He served as member of parliament from 1972 to 2002, representing North St Mary, West Central St Mary, and Central St Mary. For a six-year period (1983-89), he served continuously in the House of Representatives, winning every poll he contested in general elections.

"The renaming is based on recommendations from citizens of the parish of St Mary for the school to be so renamed. The Ministry of Education is in support of the proposal, and consultations were held on the matter," a ministry paper tabled in Parliament this week stated.

In May, Balaclava High School in St Elizabeth was renamed Roger Clarke High in honour of the former member of parliament, who died last year.

Roger Clarke, another PNP stalwart, served as member of parliament for North East St Elizabeth, where the Balaclava High School is located, before switching to Central Westmoreland.

Several schools across the island have been named for politicians, among them Sydney Pagon, Alexander Bustamante, Aabuthnott Gallimore, Norman Manley, Robert Lightbourne, Edwin Allen, Howard Cooke, and Edith Dalton James.