Buff Bay High School


Chad Bryan, Youthlink Writer

Buff Bay High School is located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains in Kildare, just outside of Buff Bay in Portland, Jamaica. In 1969, the school began as a junior secondary institution and was designed to accommodate 350 students.

In 1976, it was converted to a new secondary school, and in 1994 the institution became a comprehensive high school. In 2000, it was upgraded to a high school and since 2009, due to the addition of numerous classrooms, the school accommodates more than 800 students.

Despite its short history, approximately 13 persons have either been appointed or have acted as principal. In 1987, it had the distinction of winning the National Science Competition which involved the extraction of poison from a spider, cooked into curry. In 2010, for the first time, the school won the coveted Eastern Secondary School Sports Association Championships. Its traditional dance group has also won the prestigious Kirby Doyle Award for quadrille dance in 2007, 2008 and 2010. 

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