The illustrious history of Mannings, dates back to 1710, when Thomas Manning, a westmoreland proprietor, left thirteen slaves with land and the produce of a pen and cattle, to endow a
free school for the parish.
Twenty eight years later (in 1738)- the school was established.
Note however that the school was established on the present site in Savanna-la-mar instead of on the lands left by Manning at Burnt Savannah Pen, at the northern end of the George's Plain. The JNHT provides a concise but interesting summary of the school here.
I am honoured to say, 'I am a proud past student of Mannings!'. My tenure there was between 1989 and 1994, and although it was one of the most challenging period in my life, it is still
one of the best.
I have some great memories, thanks to all my classmates, including Denzil Williams, Floyd Grey, Nickeisha Whyte and indeed the entire classes of 1 grey, 2 grey, 3 yellow and the 4 & 5 crimson group.
Special mention of a lasting friend Andrea Allen and my favourite wicketkeeper batsman (cricketer), and friend - Roal Wnyter :-)
And I feel proud of my school and my achievements; for those of you who were there during that time, you'll remember that I was awarded two consecutive years - my last two years, for been not only the top boy in the class, but the top student! (In 4 & 5 Crimson)
Today, like most other educational institutions in Jamaica, we have some challenges, but the school continues to shine educationally on it's fundamental philosophy that 'vita sine litteris mors est' (live without learning is death).
For many of us, Mannings remains, 'our ancient light of learning, in splendor shining over all the west'. (Full School Song Here)
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