Reunion organized for Cayman Islands High School alumni

Former Cayman Islands High School students who attended the school from September 1973 to July 1987 are invited to a school reunion on July 9, hosted by Ivan and Mabel Farrington at the Cayman Turtle Farm.

Students take part in a handicrafts class at the Cayman Islands High School in 1973. A high school reunion for all classes is being organized. - PHOTO: UK NATIONAL ARCHIVES
Students take part in a handicrafts class at the Cayman Islands High School in 1973. A high school reunion for all classes is being organized. – PHOTO: UK NATIONAL ARCHIVES

“It is something that we have wanted to do for a long time,” Mr. Farrington said. “Over the years, we have seen many [former students] on different occasions, but we want to get as many as possible together in one setting.”

First opened in 1949 by then-government school inspector and Church of Scotland missionary Rev. George Hicks, the Cayman Islands High School was operated by the church until 1964, when government took it over.

The government, which also ran the Secondary Modern technical school, ran the Cayman Islands High School as a grammar school.

In 1970, the two government-operated schools were combined. Due to the increase in enrollment, the Cayman Islands Middle School was opened in 1979. In 1992, Cayman Islands High School was renamed John Gray High School, and the Cayman Islands Middle School became George Hicks High School.

For 13 years, from 1973, the Farringtons provided meals for students at the Cayman Islands High School, not only as cooks in the school’s cafeteria, but also through a food truck operated by Mr. Farrington.

“I got the opportunity to operate a small canteen, which I did along with my lunch truck. I continued this until 1982 when the government built a new canteen, and I operated in one section of it, and Ms. Kay Watler operated the other section,” he said. “At this time, I stopped operating the lunch truck.”

The reunion in July will feature live music and DJs, free admission and free food. The event will run from 5-11 p.m., and transportation will be provided to all districts for the night.

Mr. Farrington is inviting former students to submit old school photos for a slideshow presentation.

“We expect it to be a bittersweet reunion as we will get to see a lot of our [former students], but unfortunately some of them have also passed on,” said Mr. Farrington, noting that the reunion will provide an opportunity to reminisce and to create new memories.

Students are encouraged to RSVP this week. To RSVP, submit photos or for more information, call Mel at 925-1652 or email ivanf1934@yahoo.com.

This story has been amended from the original.

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