HERBERT LEONARD GREEN ENDOWMENT FUND CONTRIBUTION – KNIGHT OF ST.GEORGE
November 28, 1908 – February 7, 1991
His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, This was a man! — Julius Caesar, Wm. Shakespeare.
Herbert Green was a servant – leader. As we, his sons, remember and honour him on the centennial of his birth, it is fitting to do so by supporting the institution that taught a superb student how to live a life worth examining, and accords him the honour of being recognized as a “Knight of St. George.”
The first of four children to Charles and Frances Green, Herbert was born November 28, 1908 in Kingston. An outstanding pupil at the Jones Pen (now Jones Town) elementary school, at age eleven he placed second in the island in the Second Year Pupil Teacher Examination. This achievement earned him a Trade Scholarship which, in God’s providence, he was too young to accept.
Two years later, in 1921, he placed first in the St. George’s College scholarship examination and entered StGC. His exceptional scholarship gained him honours both in Junior and Senior Cambridge Examinations; he graduated StGC with honours in 1926, with exemption from the Matriculation Examination. In keeping with StGC tradition, Herbert, like many of his contemporaries, did not limit his focus to the classroom but was an avid participant on the playing field in both football and cricket.
At age 19, on his father’s death, Herbert took on the responsibilities of “head of household,” caring for his mother, two sisters and brother. Following brief stints as an instructor at Mico Training College and as a proofreader at The Daily Gleaner, he entered the Jamaica Civil Service in 1932. During a temporary posting in a Trelawny tax office he met and married Joyce Roberts who, at his death, was his wife for over 52 years. They parented four boys-Orville, Derek (StGC Class of 1959), Gladstone and Winston.
When he retired after more than 36 years of government service, Herbert was Chief Preventive Officer of the Customs Preventive Service, having earlier served in the Audit Department of the Government Savings Bank, the Treasury, and as acting Collector of Customs. His post-retirement service included positions at the Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation (JIDC) and the Jamaica National Export Corporation (JNEC).
A true Georgian, Herbert L. Green exemplified the tradition of service to God, family and community, a lifetime of learning, and the cultivation of a sense of humour that seasoned all his relationships.
He was a man; take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. — Hamlet, Wm. Shakespeare
Editor’s Note: The Good & True acknowledges with thanks the generous donation by the Green sons, Orville, Derek, Gladstone and Winston to the STGC Endowment Fund and also the scholarship to be provided to a needy student at the school; all in memory of their father. This we hope will encourage other Georgians to do like-wise to ensure the continuity of the education we all benefited from.
St. George’s College Manning Cup & Oliver Shield Champions 2008
On a day in 2008 when Jamaica’s Prime Minister (a St. George’s College and Jamaica College alumnus), the Honourable Bruce Golding, witnessed a fabulous Manning Cup final at the National Stadium, St. George’s College cemented its place in history with a resounding 2-0 victory over Jamaica College.
This 2008 version of the Manning Cup final epitomized an intense rivalry between both schools. In fact, when both teams stepped on the National Stadium’s turf to do battle for Manning Cup football supremacy, Jamaic College had won the title 19 times since the tournament’s inception. St George’s College, with this victory, now has 18 wins.
Going into the 2008 Manning Cup season, perhaps the most ardent StGC supporter was daunted by the fact that it had been 16 years since St. George’s College won the title and that the team had lost a significant number of its previous starters.
Neville “Bertis” Bell, coach of the St. George’s football team, informed this writer that such adversities made this win quite special. “Perhaps nobody expected us to win in 2008 because we had lost eight of the previous seasons’ starters,” asserted Bell. “This win is extremely special, understanding that we did not even advance from our zone in 2007.”
This George’s team did more than just win the coveted ISSA/Manning Cup; they eventually won the Oliver Shield and emerged as national champions.
It is remarkable that the victorious 1992 St. George’s College team was also coached by Bertis Bell who hails from a line of prominent Jamaican footballers.
Under Bell’s tutelage, this StGC all-conquering 2008 team has been impressive in its display of sportsmanship, discipline and dedication; attributes that are cornerstones of the school’s mission statement. These attributes also reflect Bell’s coaching philosophy. Not surprisingly, St. George’s College won 6 school-boy football awards in 2008. In addition to the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles, StGC also boasts the titles of: “Most Attacking Team”, “Most Disciplined Team”, “Leading Goal Scorer (Kamar Malcolm – 25 goals) and the Most Valuable Student/Athlete (Shamar Shelton).
St. George’s College, throughout the annals of time, has been the type of educational institution where the emphasis has not been only on creating winners in the classroom and on the play-field but also on the establishment of citizens with integrity and discipline.
It is noteworthy that St. George’s College has not received a single red card in 10 football seasons. Among all the accolades being poured out on this all-conquering team, Bell is seemingly most encouraged by the “Most Disciplined Team” award. “We were not just the most disciplined team in the Manning Cup tournament, but throughout the island,” said Bell. “This was won on a point-system where points are subtracted for red/yellow cards and lateness.” Each team in the island begins the season with 100 points from which 9 are deducted for a red card and 3 for a yellow card. At the end of the 2008 season, St. George’s College had all its points intact.
When the dust settled in Jarrett Park after the much anticipated Oliver Shield final against St. James High School, StGC emerged as national champions courtesy of a 2-0 win and a 3-2 aggregate. St. James had previously won the first leg played at the Constant Spring stadium by a score of 2-1. “The game plan was to hit them (St James) early, and we did with those two goals,” said Coach Bell. “St James played quite well, especially in the second half, but the size of the field suited our style and we made it count.” Even when as the press reported “bottles rained down” from the frustrated St. James fans, the team remained poised and focused until victory.
The success of the 2008 Manning Cup squad has provided a much needed jolt of enthusiasm among past and present StGC students. As the 2009 Manning Cup season looms, it is important that Georgians everywhere continue to lend support to a school that is making a real difference in the lives of many young people.
— Milton Hart
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March 29 – Sunday 1:00 pm.
Rouge River Community Centre
120 Rouge Bank Drive
(off Ninth Line, north of 14th Avenue)
Markham, Ontario L3S 4B7
$1,500 Scholarship Presentation
Special Guest Speaker: G. Raymond Chang
Chancellor of Ryerson University, StGC Hall of Famer and Chairman of C I Funds
July 31 – Friday 7:00 p.m.
(1st Day of Caribana Weekend)
Annual Summer Ball
Pearson Convention Centre
2638 Steeles Ave. East Brampton (at Airport Rd.)
Featuring : The Fifty50 Band from Jamaica and introducing Jamaican-born Robert Burke & Friends
August 16 – Sunday 9:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
with Alpha & Immaculate
Milne Park, Lakeview B-Shelter Area
McCowan Road (East Side), South of Highway 7
December 31-Thursday – 6:30 p.m.
Annual NYE Ball StGC & JC Alumni
The Boys in Blue
Pearson Convention Centre
2638 Steeles Ave. East
Brampton (at Airport Rd.)
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