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This site is dedicated to serving the Alumni of Central High School (Guyana), wherever they may
be. The Central High Alumni Association of Guyana (Canada - Toronto Chapter) is the most active
of the Alumni Chapters around the world and works year-round, to organize events which promote
friendship among its members and with other Alumni Associations.
Also included in our mandate, is a dedication to assisting Central High School in its efforts to
provide quality education to students and helping to restore all related facilities of the school.
|HISTORY OF CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
Original wodden school house built on the same land where the school stands today.
One of the early faculty of Central High School whose members went on to major
achievements in the history of the school.
Central High School was founded around 1928. However, it is likely that its founder, Joseph Clement Luck or J.C. Luck as he has come to be known, had been
experimenting with the idea for some years previously.
J.C. attended Queenâ€™s College during the early beginnings of that fine secondary institution nd in 1947, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from London..
Following graduation, he became an entrepreneur who tried his hand at farming, shop keeping, gold digging and ricemilling but success did not come until he
decided to start his own high school.
Many of us born after the 1920's had little idea of what constituted an education for the masses at the beginning of the twentieth century in Guyana. The churches took
the lead in establishing Primary Schools in the areas where they had established congregations in the three counties and Primary education became available to all.
The three "R's" formed the core of the education offered.
Secondary education was a different matter, available only to the privileged, who could afford the cost of attending a High School. Later, some scholarships made it
possible for a few of the brightest of the bright to gain a Secondary education. In the early years only the capital city, Georgetown, had secondary schools. The
Government established Queenâ€™s College for boys and the Roman Catholic Church followed with St. Stanislaus College for boys, and two convents, which
admitted girls, while the Anglican congregation founded the Bishop's High School for girls.
To that point in history, Demerara County was taken care of. However, because of the distances between counties, the population in Berbice and Essequibo were
disadvantaged and had no secondary schools. Children had to be sent to Georgetown if they qualified for access to one of the high schools there. Eventually, the
Presbyterian Mission in Berbice established the Berbice High, a co-ed school in New Amsterdam, the capital of Berbice County. Essequibo on the other hand, was
without secondary education for many years.
As time went on, the above-mentioned schools could not accommodate the increasing demand for a secondary education. It should be remembered that graduation
from high school with a Senior Cambridge certificate was the key to a Civil Service job. That provided the opportunity for the establishment of privately operated post-
primary schools. The challenge that such schools faced was to provide a sound education at a cost that the majority of working parents could afford. That meant that
the founders had to bear the capital costs of buildings and equipment, staff salaries, and other incidentals. Their only source of revenue being tuition fees which had
to be low enough so that parents could pay.
From available accounts, as founder and headmaster of Central High School, J.C. started with 35 students and built his school with the help of those students.
Those who took part in the project earned tuition free spaces in return for their work making benches, desks, blackboards, etc. That concept of a work-study
education was perhaps unheard of in those days. Many students also gained free tuition if they showed promise of having outstanding scholastic ability. Central
encouraged extra curricula activities such as short hand, typing and Adult Education. Recreational activities for its students included cricket, football and table tennis.
The school grew to become the largest private educational in Guyana with a few hundred students and providing both primary and secondary education. Those were
the circumstances under which Central High was born
Central High, first built and operated under private management, is proud of its contribution to Guyana and salutes its many graduates and attendees who have
served not only their mother country but given their service in many parts of the world.
The Luck family has always been at the forefront of education in Guyana and in subsequent years, his children have gone on to head the institution, most notably son
Rudy and daughter Stella (Low).