Wednesday, December 18th,
A Grand Reunion at Xmas Bash 2013
South Florida's alumni fraternity
and guests heated up the Caribbean Cultural Centre last Saturday
night with good vibes, camaraderie, rhythm, and culture at the
Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida’s annual Xmas Bash
Thursday, December 5th,
Class Relives Memories in Jamaica
KINGSTON, JAMAICA: If
feedback is any guide, then Excelsior High School's Class of
1977's recent reunion was a smashing success-according to the
There were laughs. There were amusing anecdotes. But when the
Class of 1977 recently met in Jamaica for its reunion there was,
mostly, a group of long lost friends straining to recapture
memories. More than that, the weekend was a celebration of
friendship and the spirit of togetherness that has endured for
more than four decades.
Monday, December 2nd,
Alumni President Urges Graduates To Give
KINGSTON, Jamaica: Alumni
president Althea Brown-Robinson has called on new graduates of
Excelsior High School to focus on service, philanthropy and
volunteerism in order to improve their school and community. The
leader of the Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida made the
challenge on Wednesday as she delivered the keynote address at the
alma mater's Graduation Ceremony in the school's auditorium.
Monday, November 25th,
Excitement Builds for Xmas Bash 2013
MIRAMAR - Anticipation
builds, excitement is at fever pitch as South Florida gears up for
Xmas Bash 2013. Weeks away from hosting the 11th staging of its
annual soiree the Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida has
announced some new features geared toward enhancing the
Saturday, November 16th,
Alumni President Tapped as Keynote Speaker
Althea Brown Robinson, President
of the Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida, will deliver the
keynote address at this year’s graduation exercises at Excelsior
High School in Jamaica.
Monday, November 11th,
Coach Xavier Gilbert:
The Invisible Man
He is the Excelsior High School coach
you virtually never hear about-a coach whose unmatched record of
excellence is often eclipsed by our obsession with others in the
Monday, November 11th,
Legends of Excelsior......Ambassador
Representative to the United Nations
By Duane Coombs
Ambassador Courtenay Rattray ('76) recently assumed his new role
as Jamaica's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New
York, following a tour of duty as Jamaica's Ambassador to China.
Before that, he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Jamaica's
Embassy in Washington, DC.
Monday, October 7th,
Class of 1977 to Hold Reunion in Jamaica
More than three years after they
last met, members of the Class of 1977 will gather in Jamaica from
across the globe-starting Thursday November 14-to commemorate yet
another class reunion.
Following months of low key planning, the group is set to ramp up
activities with a wide array of activities and an appropriate
blend of fun and community engagement from November 14-17, 2013.
Monday, October 7th,
Swelling Pride Greets Excelsior's Return to
by Duane Coombs
PHILADELPHIA, PA- Penn Relays
Festival has always been about more than a staid tabulation of
accolades. This many first place finishes, this many awards, this
many shields and watches won.
Not just a track meet, it has been transformed into something
else. The annual extravaganza is even more----a carnival of
colors, flags and frivolity; of sights and sounds and easy
camaraderie among friends, and good natured jousting between
Monday, January 21st,
Praises for Excelsior Students' Link with
Senior Education Officer, and
Excelsior alumnus, Sonia Robinson Glanville had high praises for a
budding student exchange program between Jamaica and Canada after
joining Mr. Deanroy Bromfield, principal of Excelsior High School,
and other officials in witnessing a recent teleconference debate
between Excelsior students and their Canadian counterparts.
Friday, December 14th,
Xmas Bash 2012-A Rollicking Good Time
Tuesday, December 11, 2012-Hordes of Excelsior alumni—some who
donned their school and national colors—and other patrons marked
Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence at the annual Xmas Bash
in Lauderhill, Florida last Saturday night.
Thursday, November 22nd,
Group Promises Party With A Difference
MIRAMAR, FL– November 20, 2012 –
With a little over two weeks to go before the December 8 staging
of the 10th Winter Bash, the Excelsior Alumni Association of
Florida is ramping up preparations to host the annual fundraising
Saturday, October 6th,
Dance Studio Reopens to Fanfare
Jamaica: Chalk up another pledge kept to the Excelsior Alumni
Association of Florida following the official reopening on
September 27, 2012 of the refurbished dance studio, amid much
fanfare, at the alma mater.
Thursday, July 26th,
80th Anniversary Project Starts on Schedule
work on the Excelsior High School Dance Studio rehabilitation
project has started on schedule, Principal Mr. Deanroy Bromfield
has confirmed in correspondence with the Excelsior Alumni
Association of Florida.
Wednesday, July 25th,
Fun, Laughter Echo During Alumni Family Day
They came. They sweated. They
frolicked. Last Saturday, a picture-perfect day was the ideal
backdrop as the Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida hosted its
annual Family Day at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida.
Reflections on Excelsior High
School’s Early Participation at the Penn Relays
“The Golden Years”
Desmond K. Shakespeare
School won the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys
Athletic Championships (Boys Champs) in 1960. Excelsior were the
favourites and they did not disappoint, with such stars as
sprinters, Noel Mitchell, Carlton “Rollie” Knibb & Mercer Boyd,
and Middle distance man Earl Belcher. Captain D. Hornet was
injured, but the team’s depth was such that they were able to
THE PASSING OF MR. LESLIE ELLIS
Mr. Leslie Ellis (1934-2012),
father of Owen Blakka Ellis('77), died last evening in Toronto
after a short illness.
Mr Ellis, who had lived in
Toronto for more than four decades, was a retired tailor,
designer, singer & songwriter and sang with the group Alton & the
Flames led by younger brother, the late Alton Ellis. Sister
Hortense Ellis, also another noted singer, also predeceased him.
DANCE STUDIO PROJECT TO GET UNDERWAY
September, students at Excelsior will return to school to a
gleaming dance studio courtesy of the Excelsior Alumni Association
of Florida says President Althea Brown Robinson.
Conceived as the Alumni
Association’s signature 80th Anniversary Project the undertaking,
a joint effort with Excelsior High School, the renovation of just
the floor will cost approximately US$4,682.00 (J$398,000) of which
the South Florida alumni group will kick in an estimated
EXCELSIOR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA
Sunrise, Florida-Are you
ready for some frolic in Florida?
Then join the Excelsior Alumni
Association of Florida Saturday July 21, 2012 11am-5:00 pm as it hosts
its inaugural Family Fun Day at Markhan Park, Pavilion 5 , 16001 W State
Rd 84 Sunrise, FL 33326. Expect a wide array of delightful fun
and games as the alumni organization ramps its activities for 2012
following a quiet winter.
January 30th, 2012
Alumni Revels in Daughter's Success
MIRAMAR-South Florida resident Wayne Wade ('76) was a proud
dad as he discussed his daughter Dr. Tara Wade's recent selection
as Most Outstanding Graduate Student at North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University.
Excelsior At 81: Giving Thanks on Founder's Day
Alumni in South Florida were fulsome in
their praise of the alma mater when they marked Founder's Day 2012 with
the second annual Service of Thanksgiving at the Holy Family Episcopal
Church in Miami Gardens last Sunday January 22.
Florida, DASH to Collaborate on Track &
More help is on the way for
Excelsior’s flagging Track & Field program after the Excelsior
Alumni Association of Florida entered into a cooperation agreement
with DASH Athletics to help the group in its effort to revitalize
the athletics program at the high school.
Legends of Excelsior………The Downers A
Tradition of Benevolence
On the second day of Christmas
the Downer family cruised the streets of metropolitan Kingston
bearing gifts: warm meals and clothing for the homeless who dot
the streets of the capital city.
Class of 1980 Endows Scholarship in Peanie’s
The Excelsior Class of 1980 has
ensured that Peanie’s name will continue to echo around the
Excelsior campus for some time yet after it established the Muriel
McLeod Scholarship to honor the recently retired food vendor.
Xmas Bash 2011: A December to Remember
Great music. Good vibes. Delectable
food. Unbridled joviality: Xmas Bash 2011 had all the elements
that patrons have come to expect, and which have made the annual
South Florida soiree a calendar event for many alumni and
supporters. As close to four hundred people clogged the Caribbean
Cultural Center (formerly the Warehouse) in Lauderhill last
Saturday night, the air conditioner was no match for the heat
generated by so many bodies tightly jammed and swaying to the
sweet and sultry sounds of Mark Swaby’s musical selections.
Florida 2011 XMAS BASH - Three cheers to our
sponsors and patrons
3 cheers to our Alumni, family
and friends for helping to make the 9th annual XMAS BASH on
Saturday, December 10, 2011, hosted by the Excelsior Alumni
Association of Florida a success! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip
Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!
Saturday December 13th, 2011
Rhodes Scholarship to Daughter of Alumnus
Berley Adair (‘77) and his wife,
Annette, are undoubtedly very proud parents today after their
daughter Kamille Adair was recently named Jamaica’s 2011-2012
Rhodes Scholar. Kamille will pursue studies in International Law.
|Wednesday, November 16,
DASH Throws Lifeline to Track Program
KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Excelsior’s long
sputtering track & field program is poised to get another welcome shot
in the arm thanks to the efforts of DASH, a support group comprising
some of the school’s former track and field stalwarts.
|Tuesday, November 15,
Legend of Excelsior -
Today Debra (Debbie) Byfield is known
primarily as the unassuming mother of American sprinter and 2003 World
Games gold Medalist Kelli White but alumni from another era remember her
as one who bestrode the world of Jamaican high school Track and Field
like a colossus.
|Friday, November 4,
Buzz Builds for Xmas
As Xmas Bash 2011 looms
with little over a month before the Dec 10, 2011 event, an unmistakable
buzz of anticipation is gathering steam for the ninth staging of the
annual calendar event at the Caribbean Cultural Center AKA The
Warehouse, 3500 15th St, Lauderhill, Fl 33313.
|Monday, October 10,
Postings close to the
seat of power in America are fast becoming old hat to Excelsorians
In the same week that Angella Reid was
announced as the next Director of Operations at the White House, comes
news that Audrey Hincliffe has been tapped by Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton to serve on an influential committee in the Department of State.
|Friday, October 7,
Angella Reid Takes Charge at White
Miramar, Fl -As
yet another Excelsorian is set to traverse the corridors of the White
House, alumni in Florida and elsewhere in the Diaspora are still basking
in the reflected glory of Angella Reid’s (‘76) recent appointment as the
next Director of the President’s Executive Residence and “Chief Usher”.
Humanitarian Assistance for Jamaican
Student Marcia Lyons re Death of Father Joyson Lyons
Dear Community Partners and Friends,
The Consul-General and
Staff of the Jamaican Consulate, Miami, takes this opportunity to
express sincere thanks for the kind generosity demonstrated in response
to the recent appeal for assistance with donations for returning to
Jamaica the remains of Mr. Joyson Lyons. You may recall that Mr. Lyons,
a Jamaican citizen, died suddenly on June 30th while visiting his
daughter Marcia Lyons, a full-time nursing student at Miami-Dade
|Thursday, August 11,
Alumni Chapter Targets $80,000.00 in
Galvanized by Jamaica’s Excelsior High School’s 80th anniversary
commemoration in 2011, the Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida has
set its sights on raising US$80,000.00 (approximately J$6.7 million)
to help underwrite a slew of projects at the alma mater.
August 2, 2011
Florida Alumni's 80th
Anniversary Gala Celebrates School, Teachers
On a searing summer evening in
South Florida, celebration and introspection were both in the air as
the Excelsior Alumni Association of Florida hosted its inaugural
Dinner and Dance, Saturday July 16, at the Miramar Multi-Purpose
Center, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the
Two chapters join in fundraiser
The Florida and New York Alumni chapter will unite in an effort to raise funds for their alma mater. Both chapters will be launching a fundraising raffle on May 1, 2011 and in keeping with the school's 80th anniversary have adopted the slogan "going for $80K".