Champs School Profile – Excelsior High

Members of the Excelsior High School 4X110 yards relay team which won the event at the Penn Relays in 1967. L-R: from left: Horace Levy (Stooping), Hewitt Depass, Anthony Carr (coach), Danny Clarke and Jeffery Simpson (Stooping)

Excelsior High School has a good record at Champs. It is one of only two schools to win both Boys’ and Girls’ Champs titles. The other is St Jago. Here are four more facts about the Mountain View Avenue school.

  1. Excelsior has won Boys’ Champs once (1960) and Girls’ Champs on four occasions.
  2. The school established the first ‘winning streak’ in Girls’ Champs, winning their four titles in succession from 1970 to 1973.
  3. Arthur Wint, Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medalist, had been an outstanding competitor for Calabar, but finished his high school career at Excelsior High.
  4. Champs standout Neville Myton represented Jamaica at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics after qualifying a world junior record in the 880 yards. Converted to one minute 46.5 seconds for 800m, it is still the national junior record. The following year, he captured the 1,500m title at Penn Relays and anchored the mile relay team to a creditable third place finish in the finals.

Source: Champs 100: A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010 by Hubert Lawrence