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Calabar push - Distinguished graduate for old boys 2014 reunion dinner

Published:Sunday | September 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Dervan Malcolm (centre) shares a joke with Keith White (right), president of the Calabar Old Boys' Association, and Michael Roofe at the 2013 Calabar Old Boys' Annual Reunion Dinner. - File

Past students of Calabar High School will gather in their numbers next Saturday at the Mona Visitors' Lodge for the 2014 Calabar Old Boys' Association (COBA) reunion dinner.

The dinner is the highlight of the social calendar for past students and represents an opportunity to retrace the history of the school, its proud traditions, and impressive contributions to Jamaica and the world.

The event is also a fundraiser for COBA, which uses the proceeds to fund projects that support the work of the school.

The guest speaker at this year's dinner will be distinguished Calabar old boy Professor John-Paul Clarke, a 1985 graduate.

Clarke is director of the Air Transportation Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, where he has appointments in aerospace engineering and industrial and systems engineering.

Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, Clarke was on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Clarke will address the dinner under the theme 'Transformation through Science and Technology'.

According to president of COBA Keith Whyte, the association is committed to supporting Calabar's reascension to its place of pride among boys' schools in Jamaica.

In order to achieve this, COBA is focused on providing support to the school in two key areas: academics and infrastructure.


In the last 12 months, COBA and other stakeholders have completed a number of initiatives, including the establishment of academic scholarships to encourage excellence among the boys; the repainting of the exterior and entrance of the school; and the creation of a "Mathematics Wall" at the school to bring focus to the study and an appreciation of the subject.

The association is now planning the construction of a Calabar museum and multi-purpose office building; the renovation and equipping of the science laboratories; and the grading and rehabilitation of multi-purpose sports fields.

COBA also provides ongoing assistance to the school with direct classroom mentoring, personal development seminars, and academic support.