It’s been a year since the passing of Herbert Henry McKenley, one of the greatest athletes ever born. A year ago this son of Jamaica and the Calabar High School family passed on at the age of 85 and the Calabarlions.com team would like to contribute to keeping the memory of such a great man fresh in the minds of all men and women whether you had gotten the opportunity to meet or be in the presence of Mr McKenley or not.
Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Henry, has assured that the Herb McKenley Stadium in Central Clarendon, would be completed shortly. Mr. Henry, who made the announcement at a welcome reception for Jamaica’s team to the Beijing Olympic Games, held at the Norman Manley International Airport on October 3, as part of the seven-day Olympic Homecoming celebrations, informed that he had appointed former 400-metre world competitor, Sandy Richards, “to be the Ambassador to advise me and co-ordinate the development of that whole stadium.”
He noted that the facility would have a nine-lane running track, unlike the eight-lane running track at the National Stadium. “We’ll have a fifth generation astro-turf in place,” the Transport Minister added. Read more
You’ve got mail, Voicemail!
On the Wednesday of last week, the tour visited three schools, Jamaica College, Kingston College and Calabar; the alma maters of the members of the Dancehall trio, Voicemail. The first stop was Jamaica College, which exultantly welcomed the artistes. Kevin and Oniel highlighted that the members of the group, although coming from different backgrounds (schools) worked together to achieve success.
The final stop was at Calabar High School. This tour was by far the most organised tour of the three. The students were all neatly seated in the auditorium when the bus arrived.
Dancehall Trio – Voicemail
There were cheers of excitement and anxiety when the bus parked outside the auditorium, as many of the students wondered which entertainers were in the bus. Craig, Kevin and Oneil departed from the bus and made their way to the platform inside the auditorium. The boys were very attentive and the artistes admirably delivered an exquisite speech. The boys asked interesting and productive questions. One of the awardees for most-improved student collected the award on behalf of the students.
This evening, the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) hosts a worship service at Calabar to mark the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the Reverend Dr Horace Russell to the Christian ministry.
This significant milestone will be held in the context of a very important week because starting tomorrow, the JBU will be hosting its 159th assembly.
It is also symbolic that it is being held at the historic Calabar, a place where Russell went to high school, theological college and a place where he was ordained and became chaplain. It was a place where he baptised boys, including Derrick Kellier, MP. Read more
Although examination results cannot by themselves be a total judge of performance, they do in fact give a general overview of performance. The continued decline in overall academic performance and discipline at Calabar High School is cause for much concern. A review of the 6th Form (grades 13) 2007 external exam results show the following
There has however been some academic achievements, with students winning a number of scholarships and teams such as the Schools Challenge Team performing exceptionally well over the past few years. Our achievements on the sports field have also improved recently. However not many of the team members have performed adequately enough in the classroom to qualify for many of the athletic scholarships which are currently available.
The schools infrastructure is in urgent need of a major overhaul. There is an urgent requirement of four (4) additional classrooms and the refurbishing of nearly all the existing classrooms. To add insult to injury, a number of classrooms were recently damaged during the passing of hurricane Dean and some have still not been repaired satisfactorily.
This ever increasing poor performance of Calabar students adds to the growing phenomenon of the marginalization of young men in the society as a substantial number of her graduates add to these statistics each year.
SUPPORT FROM OLD BOYS
Despite all of the above, Calabar Old Boys continue to support the school and in fact many of the existing non-classroom activities could not continue with the success that exists without support from Old Boys. This support however is as a result of each chapter of the association going back to its members every year (sometimes several times within a year) to solicit funding.
CALABAR 2010 PROJECT
Whilst funding by itself can not solve all the existing problems at Calabar, adequate funding will go a far way in providing the necessary resources to fix the problems. The problems at Calabar are many and vary from social to economic and infrastructure issues. Read more
A statue is to be erected in honour of arguably Jamaica’s greatest athlete, Herbert Henry McKenley OM, who was laid to rest in front of a modest gathering of family, friends, officials and members of the track & field fraternity at twilight at National Heroes Park.
Read More – Jamaica Observer
Tributes were heaped on world renowned sports icon, Herbert Henry McKenley, at his official funeral service on (December 8), held at the National Arena in Kingston. Noting the challenge one would have to sum up the life of such a great legend, Former Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson in giving the remembrance, spoke of Mr. McKenley’s first years in his birth town, Pleasant Valley in Clarendon, his achievements on the sporting arena, his involvement in youth development and his contribution to national development.
Read More – JIS
The sharp hoot of the whistle was missing. There was no clap of the starter’s gun and no roar from the stadium crowd, but Jamaican Olympian Herb McKenley’s final race across the sands of time yesterday was no less legendary than the first which brought him fame. Hundreds of Jamaicans, many of them men whom he had trained to run like the wind, yesterday paid their last respects to the track legend in a star-studded official funeral at the National Arena in Kingston.
Read More – Jamaica Observer
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Herb McKenly to be accorded a state funeral
Jamaican track great Herb McKenley, who died Monday, is to be accorded an official funeral. The announcement was made on Monday night by Minister of Sports, Olivia “Babsy” Grange. Miss Grange spoke with RJR News prior to meeting with Mr. McKenley’s widow. “Yes I spoke to the Prime Minister a few minutes ago and he told me that the country will afford him an official funeral so we will be making the arrangements,” said Ms. Grange. Mr. McKenley, who was 85, died at the University Hospital Monday evening. He is survived by widow Beverley, and four children.
Official funeral for Herb McKenley
Herb McKenley, the late Jamaican sporting icon who died on Monday afternoon after a long illness, will be accorded an official funeral, Prime Minister Bruce Golding has announced. However, no date has yet been set for the funeral. “Herb McKenley was the trailblazer that set the standard and established Jamaica’s rich tradition as Olympic track stars, that has continued with our current crop of world beaters.
“On behalf of the nation, I send condolences to his wife of over 40 years Beverly and family as we treasure the athletic legacy he has left behind for his beloved country. The final tribute that we as a nation can pay to this outstanding Jamaican is to accord him an official funeral, the details of which will be announced,” said Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
Herb McKenley, national hero
It is appointed unto man once to die, and so, difficult as it is, we accept the passing Monday of one of the greatest Jamaicans to have walked the soil in this blessed land. If a hero is one whose life has somehow touched the lives of nearly all his compatriots, and even beyond, then Herbert Henry McKenley is well past national hero status, warts and all.
In no small measure, he is responsible for the awe and respect in which Jamaicans are held whenever our athletes don the national colours and step onto any track anywhere in the world.
Parliament pays tribute to Herb McKenley
Parliamentarians yesterday paid homage to Herb McKenley, the great Jamaican sportsman and administrator who died on Monday. Seven parliamentarians – three from the People’s National Party (PNP) and four from the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) – spoke glowingly of a man who once aspired for political office. Prime Minister Bruce Golding said that McKenley would be accorded an official funeral and that arrangements were being made with McKenley’s family for the final send off.
“I am sure that Jamaicans from all walks of life, from all over Jamaica, are going to want to be a part of this final farewell to a great hero,” Mr. Golding said.
Statement from Honourable Prime Minister on the Passing of the Hon Herb Mckenley, O.M
The nation will be as saddened as I am to learn of the passing of the Honourable Herb McKenley, OM, one of Jamaica’s greatest sportsmen and role models. He will be best remembered for his role in winning Gold and silver medals in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games in the 100 and 400 metres events that for the first time highlighted Jamaica as a nation of top class athletes.
From winning 220 yd. and 440 yd. championships in the USA in 1946 and 1947, McKenley showed a glimpse of his future greatness at the 1948 London Olympics, where he ran a new world record of 46.0 seconds in the 400 metres. One month later he clocked 45.9 and at the Olympics itself finished only second in the 400 metres behind team mate Arthur Wint.
FAREWELL! …Great McKenley stands second to none
Jamaican track and field sprint legend Herb McKenley, who delivered medals at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, passed away last evening at the University Hospital of the West Indies after ailing for some time. Among the great Jamaican athletes, the 85-year-old stands second to none. In the years between World War II and his retirement from competition in 1954, Herbert (Herb) McKenley, supreme quarter-miler and sprinter, did everything there was to do except win an individual Olympic gold medal.
At the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games in London and Helsinki, respectively, he won three individual silver medals – twice coming out at the wrong end of photo finishes.
Well run, Herb! Jamaica mourns great athlete McKenley
Herbert Henry McKenley, O.M. rated as one of, if not Jamaica’s greatest ever athlete is dead. The man hailed by many as one of the most outstanding 400 metres runners ever died shortly before 6:00 p.m. yesterday at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he had been admitted just over two weeks ago. McKenley was 85.
McKenley’s career was studded with outstanding achievements. His greatest came in 1952 at the Helsinki Olympics when he inspired a Jamaican quartet to a gold medal in the 4×400 metres in an amazing world record three minutes 3.9 seconds.
Tributes pour in for Herb McKenley
Jamaica and the rest of the world continue to remember one of the most outstanding sports personalities, the Honourable Herbert “Herb” McKenley, who died at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Monday. McKenley, who won one gold and three silver medals in the Olympic Games in London and Helsinki in 1948 and 1952, was conferred with Jamaica’s third highest honour, the Honour of Merit back in 2004.
After retiring from sports, the great Herb coached of several national teams and was president of Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA). Prime Minister Bruce Golding said Jamaica has lost one of our greatest achievers.
McKenley’s final race
Herb McKenley yesterday breathed his last breath in the race of life from the large majestic lungs that brought him personal glory and set a nation on track for athletic stardom. Two strokes and a heart attack which reduced him to a shadow of his former self in recent years, proved too much for the man who molded Jamaica’s track and field in the image of himself.
Information reaching the Observer said McKenley had been experiencing problems with his kidneys. In the Tony Thwaites wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, the 85-year-old Olympian, in death, symbolically passed the baton to a generation of track speedsters, who carry on the tradition he blazed in 1944 – Jamaica then a British colonial outpost in the empire on which the sun would never set.
Golden destiny – Herbert Henry McKenley, O.D., C.D.
One thing I would love to put across at the time of his death is that the wonderful achievements that we are getting today are a part of the legacy and the foundation that he has established through his own exploits on the track. Tremendous athlete, tremendous person.- Mike Fennell, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association.
Herbert Henry McKenley, O.D., C.D., was born July 10, 1922, in Clarendon where he grew up in Pleasant Valley before becoming one of Jamaica’s most decorated and beloved sons being a pioneer in athletics and athletics administration. He attended Pleasant Valley Elementary School before enrolling at Mico Practising and later Calabar High School in St. Andrew.
Herb McKenley, a Jamaican track great who was one of the first two people from a Caribbean country to win an Olympic medal, has died. He was 85. McKenley died at the University Hospital of the West Indies, according to Howard Aris, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association, who was speaking for the family. The cause of death was not disclosed.
“It’s very sad but it was not a complete surprise,” Aris said. “I was in contact with him when he was re-admitted to the hospital and was aware he had major problems.” McKenley, considered a sports hero in Jamaica, was the first man to cover the 400 meters in under 46 seconds.
He won silver medals in the 400 meters at the 1948 games in London and in the 100 meters at the 1952 games in Helsinki, Finland. Read more