Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
AS HARRISON Memorial High School in Montego Bay celebrates its 60th anniversary, custos rotulorum of St James, Ewen Corrodus, has urged the school to maintain its standard for excellence and not allow societal moral decay to influence their output.
"It is no small achievement for a private educational institution to continue serving the nation for 60 long years," the custos said during the Harrison Memorial High School 60th anniversary church service at Montego Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church.
"And for it to be still going strong, despite the tremendous challenges and changes in our educational landscape, speaks to the resilience of this institution and its administers," Corrodus said.
Harrison Memorial first opened its doors in 1953 with 23 students. Over the years, the school steadily grew in size and population that saw it moving to three locations.
The Seventh-day Adventist educational institution was housed at the Montego Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church in its earlier years, but had to move to a lot on Cottage Road in the city.
However, its constant growth in student population forced the institution to relocate once more its permanent home in Mount Salem where it is home for more than 452 students.
"Harrison Memorial continues to make significant contribution this parish and I want to congratulate everyone who had a part to play in the making it a reality. This school has helped some many students who had no other hope of gaining a secondary education," said Corrodus.
He further challenged the school administrators to keep up the good work and continue to assist students to realise their potential which, in turn, will help them to be productive members of society.
Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris, in his endorsement of the institution's 60th celebrations, encouraged the local community to support the efforts of the institution that has helped to produce several outstanding members of society.
"We laud your contribution to this parish, and I want to use this opportunity to urge the support of our citizens to support to ensure the continued success of the school and students," Harris said.