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"countdown" Morant Bay High School Mickella Anderson

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Morant Bay High School 
Mickella Anderson
Youthlink Writer
In 1961, 61 students first attended the school that gave St Thomas hope, as it had become the last parish in the country without a high school. Over the years, that number has grown considerably and the Highbury Road institution has produced media giants, renown athletes and your everyday productive citizens of society. Enough with the history lesson; how about some facts we will never learn of in the outside world? This week, we're counting down 10 things you'll never know if you did not attend Morant Bay High School. 
1. Betsy is not a student. I repeat, Betsy is not a student. It's actually the name of a teacher's car, but good old Betsy has really become Miss Popularity. 
2. The more the years pass, the longer the uniform dresses and skirts have to be. 
3. For 'ice water', tough crackers and tea, check the nurse. 
4. As strict as they come, beware of Mrs Ford-Bryan. 
5. Early-morning devotions are incomplete without chaplain Michael Graham and his favourite greeting: "This is the day that the Lord has made." 
6. 'Matey' bags are the girls' best friend. Stylish, neat, not always durable, certainly not big enough to hold actual textbooks, but they sure distract from the almost-floor-length tunics. 
7. Believe it or not, the best ride to school is on the school bus. There's AC, good music and a sort of strict but not-too-strict bus driver, Mr Downie, who will take you right on campus. The taxis in the area might just leave you downhill unless you pay extra, of course. 
8. The always-patient Mrs Hyatt is everybody's favourite teacher. 
9. Since most students walk home through the Highbury community and into the town, it is always best to walk in groups. Otherwise, the walk is harder and the bickering from rival peer groups louder. 

Mickella Anderson
Youthlink Writer
In 1961, 61 students first attended the school that gave St Thomas hope, as it had become the last parish in the country without a high school. Over the years, that number has grown considerably and the Highbury Road institution has produced media giants, renown athletes and your everyday productive citizens of society. Enough with the history lesson; how about some facts we will never learn of in the outside world? This week, we're counting down 10 things you'll never know if you did not attend Morant Bay High School. 

1. Betsy is not a student. I repeat, Betsy is not a student. It's actually the name of a teacher's car, but good old Betsy has really become Miss Popularity. 

2. The more the years pass, the longer the uniform dresses and skirts have to be. 

3. For 'ice water', tough crackers and tea, check the nurse. 

4. As strict as they come, beware of Mrs Ford-Bryan. 

5. Early-morning devotions are incomplete without chaplain Michael Graham and his favourite greeting: "This is the day that the Lord has made." 

6. 'Matey' bags are the girls' best friend. Stylish, neat, not always durable, certainly not big enough to hold actual textbooks, but they sure distract from the almost-floor-length tunics.

7. Believe it or not, the best ride to school is on the school bus. There's AC, good music and a sort of strict but not-too-strict bus driver, Mr Downie, who will take you right on campus. The taxis in the area might just leave you downhill unless you pay extra, of course.

8. The always-patient Mrs Hyatt is everybody's favourite teacher. 

9. Since most students walk home through the Highbury community and into the town, it is always best to walk in groups. Otherwise, the walk is harder and the bickering from rival peer groups louder.