Kingston College is the winningest school in the rich history of Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, claiming the boys title 31 times. Here are five other facts about the kings of the southern side of North Street.
- The coveted Jamaica Schools Championship Sports Cup, symbols of schoolboy athletics supremacy since 1910, was retired in 1974 and subsequently given permanently to Kingston College after they won it back-to-back for 14 years in a row (1962-1975).
- Iconic coach Sydney ‘Foggy’ Burrowes founded the Kingston College Faculty of Coaches in the early 1960s with the aim of breaking Calabar’s then-record of four successive wins. The faculty was staffed by former athletes, many of whom had tried unsuccessfully to see their school break that record in the 1950s. Obviously, the plan worked beyond their wildest expectations.
- Jamaica’s first appearance at the prestigious Penn Relays in 1964 was marked by KC success. The team of Tony Keyes, Lennox Miller, Rupert Hoilette, and Jimmy Grant claimed the 4×110 yards relay victory, breaking the 21-year record held by Brooklyn High School, when they returned a time of 41.7 seconds.
- Hoilette was so fast in the 440 yards event that he represented Jamaica at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He was the country’s flag bearer.
- The late Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Howard Aris, a standout during for KC during the 1950s, returned as part of the coaching staff in 1968 after studying physical therapy at Columbia University in the US. He used his knowledge to build on the platform Burrowes created and helped the student athletes to be mentally prepared for the intensity of the competition.
Source: Champs 100: A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010 by Hubert Lawrence