Pearline Louise Kentish
February 15 1953 ~ January 19 2003

"Precious" was the founder of the Longbay Parent-Teachers Association. The sister of Opel Kentish, and mother of Crystal Reid, Precious was an enthusiastic supporter of Haile High. She will be surely missed by all who knew her. Jah Bless Sister Precious!

      Precious Kentish (left) during a happy moment as the Haile High band practices in the court yard. Tony Beedy (right) is the Director of the Joe Higgs School of Music. Tony's daughter Aneika is in the foreground. (in the background, lt. to rt.) Cleo, Buzz, Kali, Opel, and Kali Queen Sam.

      Haile High's first graduating class (2002) poses midst the massive roots of the old cottontree on Queen's Drive, Montego Bay. (lt. to rt., top) Marlene McFarlane, Kaliflowa, Tarsha McFarlane, Opel, Barrington Gordon (Bottom row) Kimone Pryce, Cleo Reid, Apple Pryce. Apple and Barrington have elected to have their portraits made in profile.

      "Monkey Man", Haile High's mascot clutches his Indian kutchi. Born in China, Monkey Man has traveled three times to Los Angeles, California and is a regular visitor to Doctor's Cave Beach...much to the delight of our students.

      A new office for Haile High's Director of Curriculum takes shape at the Menelik Computer Lab. The classes are taught on lap-tops which are donated by the school's friends from abroad. All other materials are purchased in Jamaica. The school's operation is supported by meager, yet effective private funding. No tuition is charged. The students have the option to stay-on, sharpening their skills, while teaching new students.

      The Singh Sisters visit Haile High to sign-on as teachers. They are from Minnesota and escape annually to Mo Bay to avoid the winter, and to reach the land they are Blood to. Welcome Sisters!

      Sam Abbott and three of her students. "Queen Sam" teaches Swimming, Office Skills and Native Cultures at Haile High.

      One of Jamaica's largest trees, this magnificent cottontree marks Haile High's location near the Airport Round-about. This old tree is the centerpoint of The Cottontree Plaza which is owned by the Hew Family of Ironshore.

      Apple Pryce with her new brother TeeJay who has just returned home from his first swimming lesson...which makes him the youngest student (6 months old) enrolled at Haile High.

      Queen Sam (red suit) with her water ballet class at Dr's Cave Beach. On Saturday mornings students meet there to swim before going up the hill for lunch and classes.

      Kimone Pryce is recovering from a near death auto accident. In April.Kim was riding in a cab on her way to the Muschette School when it was hit head-on by another vehicle. The driver was killed and Kim and another student were seriously injured with head trauma and compound fractures to their legs.. The illegal cab they were riding in was uninsured and a cover-up of the accident has prevented any of the sufferers from receiving proper medical recovery. Kim remains strong in spirit though, and has lost none of her beauty; as seen here in a recent photo. Jah Blessings to Kim. We are happy she is still with us!

      "Bin" Buhdin and Barrington Gordon planting flowers in the Queen Menen Tarry... a small courtyard that is Livicated to the wife of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I. Bin teaches horticulture at Haile High.

      A youthful Ras Tafari Makonnen (far right) looks-on while Opel Hopejah (in print dress) watches her students and teachers as they enjoy the thrills of computing.

      "Cleo" Reid, Director of Curriculum, and Student Teacher, Apple Pryce (standing) teach computer skills to Tarsha & Marlene Mcfarlane (seated) of Albion, Montego Bay.

      Deb and Ali, future teachers at Haile High, stand before drying herbs. The study of Jamaica's Natural Medicines is one of the subjects taught at our school.

      Teachers and students pause for a moment to wave hello to the camera and to all their friends who visit their HaileHigh.com web site.

      The Mo Bay Mangos pause for the camera beneath the mango tree near home plate at the Old Hospital Grounds. A part of Haile High's sports program, the team hopes to become Jamaica's first major league baseball team. It is managed by Kefentseh Washington (seated left) who also teaches Spanish at Haile High.

      Monkey Man chills-out during practice of the Mo Bay Mangos. It is rumored that MonkeyMan met a saucy gel last summer in Harvard Square. Her name is 'Fauxy' and she has promised to vist MoBay this winter.

      "Astro Geek", Todd McFarlin, at the controls in Acton, Massachusetts, USA. It's here at The Blue Flower Lodge that the equipment and programs are prepared for the winter session at Haile High in the Menelik Computer Lab. Todd is a Junior at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and plans to visit and teach in Jamaica this winter. Todd speaks HTML and is the creator of this new web page. He also teaches many other media skills.

Haile Selassie makes world wide appearance. Old Friend Leo Laporte of Tech TV shows Haile High T shirt he received from MoBay. When he held it up on the air one night, millions of viewers of the popular computer show got to see the image of our Beloved Emperor. ...Haile Selassie , that is. In a crass (but justified) attempt at commercialism, Todd has used Photoshop to add Haile High's web address to the shirt. Leo indicates, however, that we are still 'Number One'...and if HIM sey a so...a so!


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