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About Maldon High School

Maldon High School, located in southern St James at Summer Hill, near Maroon Town, was officially opened on September 1, 1969, as a junior secondary high school. It operated on a single shift, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m., and accommodated approximately 540 students, sent through feeder school, in grades seven to nine. There were also 20 teachers, a bursar, three members of the administrative staff and eight persons on the ancillary staff. The first principal and chairman were Mr Stanley Buddle and Reverend Edwards, respectively.

The on-going extension of the school curriculum resulted in a significant increase in student intake on a national level, hence, the shift system was introduced to accommodate this expansion. The shifts operated from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., respectively. In 1995, the school was again reclassified to Maldon Comprehensive High then finally, in 1999, it was changed to Maldon High School, having acquired equal status with traditional high schools. During this year, it was further upgraded through the Secondary School Enhancement Programme and the science laboratory, library, computer room and a reading room were refurbished and upgraded or established, respectively.

At present, there are 33 classrooms, 15 of which are specially designed for the technical/vocational subjects and laboratories, while the remaining 18 are for general use. The approximately 1,600 students on roll are under the care of 68 members of the academic staff, 16 on the ancillary staff and nine persons who comprise the administrative body. At the helm are the principal, Mrs Janet Manning, and vice-principals Mr Gregory Brown and Mrs Marcia Anglin.

The school colours are turquoise and white and the crest consists of a shield bordered by turquoise. It is divided into four triangles; the upper triangle has an open book, representing academics, the lower triangle features a tree and a farmer’s fork on a map of Jamaica, representing agriculture, while the triangle to the right contains a cricket bat and ball, representing sporting activities, and in the left triangle are a claw hammer and a pair of scissors, representing other technical areas. At the bottom of the crest the school’s motto, ‘Learn To Live’, is inscribed.

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