Jamaica College has had 21 Boys’ Champs victories, the last of which was in 2011. This places them third behind Kingston College and Calabar High. The school certainly has a strong Champs legacy. Here are some more facts:
- Jamaica College was the first school to do a ‘threepeat,’ winning three Boys’ Champs titles on the trot (1911-1913).
- Future National Hero Norman Manley turned in a virtuoso performance to help secure the dark blues’ first hold on the trophy. He racked up five wins and one second place finish, earning his school 17 points. His 100 yards record of 10 seconds flat stood for 30 years before it was matched by his son Douglas.
- The record was finally broken in 1952 by another JC sprinter, Frank Hall. Reports are that he started so slowly that he was three yards behind the field halfway through the race, but closed like a bullet train to clock 9.9 seconds.
- In 1991, Dean Richards became only the second jumper – after Kingston College’s Desmond ‘Zele’ Morris – to clear 7ft in the high jump. JC’s controversial victory over Calabar was the school’s first since 1959.
- JC also has always performed well at the Penn Relays, but in 2014, they were clinical in dismantling a 16-year-old record, clocking 39.72s to capture the High School Boys’ 4×100 Championship of America ahead of Calabar (39.85), St. Jago (40.23), St. Georges (40.32), Kingston College (40.35) and Wolmer’s Boys (40.78). This marked the 10th consecutive victory by a Jamaican school in that event.
Some information from Champs 100: A Century of Jamaican High School Athletics 1910-2010 by Hubert Lawrence