A NEW DAWN FOR BASKETBALL AT XLCR
By Duane Coombs
Monday September 17, 2018
In days gone, by Excelsior High School was a high school basketball powerhouse, emerging champions in in 1965, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, and adding another in 1988.
Those exhilarating days when the school ruled the roost in high basketball, and would routinely cop titles, are largely now but a distant memory as the fortunes of the team have ebbed in recent years.
But help is on the way as the school’s once- imposing basketball team is set for a return to prominence after being given a shot in the arm courtesy of a cadre of…EXCELSIOR RECAPTURING ITS PAST GLORY
EXCELSIOR RECAPTURING ITS PAST GLORY
By Duane Coombs
Thursday December 7, 2017
These are among the best of times for Excelsior High School – this new era of renewal and overall excellence again taking shape at the school.
The evident revitalization continues apace with significant improvement being recorded across a range of disciplines – from sports to academics.
In the sporting arena, the Eagles are recently crowned back –to -back all Island champions in senior girls’ netball and emerged champions in girls’ football and boys U16 cricket. Added to this, Excelsior also made a commendable showing in track and field where the school realised its goal of topping 100 points this year in the annual Boys and Girls Championship, finishing sixth overall on the girls’…XMAS BASH FUNDS NEAR MILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL DONATION
XMAS BASH FUNDS NEAR MILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL DONATION
By Duane Coombs
Thursday October 19, 2017
A December to Remember, one steeped in nostalgia, awaits revelers at X-mas Bash 2017, Saturday, December 9 at the Caribbean Cultural Center in Lauderhill, Fl, the organizers promise.
Expect an unparalleled fusion of vintage music and delectable food at Xmas Bash 2017 says Althea Brown Robinson, President of the Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida, as she and her organization are set to host the 15th staging of their annual signature fundraiser.
The wintertime soiree, under the theme retro 70s and 80s, promises an evening of pure fun, harking back to the disco era of the 1970 and 80s.
“We are delighted that we have…SIMONE FORBES AN ATHLETE FOR ALL SEASONS
SIMONE FORBES AN ATHLETE FOR ALL SEASONS
By Duane Coombs
Sunday March 19, 2017
If there ever is a debate about the greatest all-round athlete to have emerged from Excelsior High School, it is likely that the name Simone Forbes would feature prominently in the discussion.
Simone holds the remarkable distinction of having represented Jamaica in no less than four sports – netball, football, softball and volleyball – and in so doing, she has etched her name in the annals of Jamaican sports.
She is arguably the best and most versatile athlete to have come out of Excelsior High School; and is perhaps one of the greatest sports women ever produced by Jamaica.
It is likely that should Excelsior ever get around to…HUGH FERGUSON
Hugh Ferguson founded the Caribbean National Weekly newspaper, which is now the most widely read Caribbean newspaper in South and Central Florida.
Hugh obtained his journalism experience while previously working as a reporter at The Jamaica Gleaner in Jamaica and North America; and as a radio broadcaster at WRTN (New York), WWRL (New York) and WSRF (Florida). He also excelled as a sales executive, garnering experience from prominent companies in Jamaica, New York and South Florida.
In 2004, Hugh ‘took the entrepreneurial plunge’ by starting the Caribbean National Weekly newspaper. In a market of mainly monthly Caribbean publications, Hugh took the ambitious step to launch with a weekly paper, proving the Caribbean community could sustain a publication dedicated…Dr. Franklin Johnston – Excelsior’s Pioneer Rhodes Scholar
DR. FRANKLIN JOHNSTON – EXCELSIOR’S PIONEER RHODES SCHOLAR
By Duane Coombs
Excelsior alumni are among the best and brightest, whether at home or abroad. Excelsorians are ranked among the best engineers, bankers, teachers, tradesmen, academics, entrepreneurs, public servants, and Olympians, and in many other pursuits.
Not quite as well known, is that Excelsior High School is the alma mater of an eminent Rhodes Scholar. Meet Dr. Franklin Johnston, Jamaica’s Rhodes Scholar of 1967 and proud Excelsorian.
In the pantheon of outstanding alumni, Dr Franklin Johnston occupies a unique position – an inhabitant of an island of one: Excelsior’s first (and, to date, only) Rhodes Scholar.
The Rhodes Scholarship is globally among the oldest, most prestigious and well funded. It is an emblem of…Aston Wesley Powell – A Man and his Vision
ASTON WESLEY POWELL – VISIONARY OF JAMAICA
By Ewart Walters
Aston Wesley Powell was a visionary; a giant in Jamaica’s education. Not only did he build the Excelsior Education Complex from a five-student school on his parents’ verandah when he was just 21, but he was also the central moving spirit in bringing teachers together under one organization. And to think that all this started with adversity.
Samuel Uriah Powell, Wesley’s father, was a Mico College graduate teacher and a pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church who had nevertheless gone off to Cuba for a few years to earn a better living for his family. Left more or less to his own devices Wesley was notorious at skulling school, first to play marbles and then…Louise Bennett – The Soul of Jamaica
Louise Bennett-Coverley, “Miss Lou,” died at her Toronto home on July 26, 2005 and was honoured with an official funeral in Kingston, on August 9 at National Heroes Park. Writer, actress, poet, singer, folklorist, comedienne, queen of culture, and Soul of Jamaica, she lived in Canada for the last decade of her life, and built up a wide following of Jamaican nationals in Toronto and across Canada.
Born in Jamaica on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou was an international figure. Her obituaries appeared in several of the world’s major media including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the London Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Sun Sentinel, the Scotsman, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the BBC, the CBC,…