A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JAMAICA COLLEGE OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK
In the bustling heart of Brooklyn, New York, a group of visionary Jamaica College alumni embarked on a journey that would forever transform their beloved alma mater and the broader Jamaican community.
In 1990, a spark of inspiration ignited amongst Laurence Cooper, Gary Gooden, Marlon Hew, Donovan Jones, Michael Jones, and Paul Lewis. This group was soon joined by stalwarts Lowell Campbell, Lance Clarke, Keith McLean, Derek Robertson, and Leslie Woodbine, leading to the formation and incorporation of the Jamaica College Alumni Association (USA) Inc. (JCAA-NY).
What unfolded transcended the confines of the Brooklyn basement and rippled far beyond.
An ambitious initiative began to blossom through a modest media campaign in the North American edition of the Weekly Jamaica Gleaner, heralding the inaugural gathering of the Association. Contrary to their optimistic anticipation of a surge in enthusiastic JC alums, the media outreach brought forth not a deluge but a handful plus two charming young ladies, Paulette James and her cousin Junie. That Paulette has remained an ardent supporter of JC to this day is testimony to her discerning nature. Donovan Jones was elected President.
Undeterred, the Association embraced innovation as its guiding principle, focusing not only on Jamaica College but also on broader nationalistic endeavors. This pioneering spirit manifested in diverse projects, leaving an indelible mark on the trajectory of the Association.