Chad Bryan, Youthlink Writer
Jonathan Grant Secondary School was named after a former minister of labour and parliamentarian who had given invaluable service to the Spanish Town constituency.
Located on White Church Street in the Old Capital, the school opened its doors on October 6, 1980, to 637 students, drawn from various schools in Spanish Town and its environs, and 18 teachers. There were 14 classes, grades 71 to 714, and academic and practical subjects were offered, including agriculture, industrial arts, home economics, and art and crafts. As the years progressed, the school population increased to the extent that by 1984, a shift system had to be introduced.
The first cohort of students graduated in July 1985, after sitting the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and other external exams.
In 1988, it was upgraded to high-school status, receiving its first set of Common Entrance awardees.
Currently, the student population stands at approximately 2,400, with 94 teachers, eight members of the administrative staff and 18 members of the ancillary staff, among others.
It continues to operate on a shift system, with Shift A accommodating grades seven and eight, while Shift B has grades nine, 10 and 11.
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