R.M. BAILEY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Robinson Road, Nassau The Bahamas

Telephone: 393 - 2295/ 393 -1419

Principal: Mr. Collin Johnson

Vice Principal: Linda Rolle

 Who was R. M. Bailey?

 

Robert Melville Bailey was born in St. John's Barbados on 28th October, 1875. At the age of 24, while on a visit to Jamaica, Robert heard about the construction of the Colonial Hotel in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. He felt that with so much activity going on, there was bound to be a need for a tailor of his caliber. He arrived in Nassau, Bahamas in 1899, never to return to the land of his birth. A Tailor by trade, he sewed for many of the dignitaries of the country at that time, among them governors, politicians, bishops. Many of these became his personal friends.

 

He counted among his personal friends Mr. W. P. Adderley, father of A. F. Adderley and grandfather of the Honorable Paul Adderley. Mr. Leon Dupuch, a first Editor of the Tribune and father of Sir Etienne Dupuch, was also a close friend. In fact, R. M. Bailey was a regular columnist for the evening daily.

Sir Walter K. Moore was another one of his clients and associates. Because he was an intellectual his tailor shop was often filled with Members of the House of Assembly and other community leaders, seeking his opinions. Sir Milo Butler was one of those who often sought him out at his sewing machine. Mr. S. C. McPherson was also a close friend and confident.

He offered himself as a candidate for the House of Assembly in an attempt to assist in securing high school facilities for Bahamian children. In his election bid, he received the full support of The Tribune. He lost by only one vote to Bay Street merchant Bruce Killroy Thompson.

 

R. M. Bailey was not discouraged, however, and he used his influence with Members of the House of Assembly and other community leaders to lobby for a high school operated by the government. This was a difficult task indeed, but R. M. Bailey saw his dream fulfilled in 1925 when the Government High School opened its doors for the first time.It took the government of the Bahamas43 years to recognize his invaluable contribution by naming a school in his honor.

So here we stand on the threshold of the 50th year of our school’s establishment. Pacers everywhere are proud and excited about this milestone. The last 50 years has been exciting and challenging but nonetheless rewarding. The school has had at its helm 14 of the finest Principals, countless administrators and hundreds of teachers this country had to offer. The list of noted Bahamians who have walked these corridors is long and vast. There are those serving locally and others internationally. At present we have 7 serving in Parliament and without fear of contradiction, I think it safe to say that we have the most from any one school.

A number of events are planned to commemorate the 50th Anniversary

Upcoming Events

 

A number of events are planned to commemorate the 50th Anniversary

 

Church Service: Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. - Cousin McPhee Cathedral

 

FEBRUARY:  IMPACT – A Time when former students are invited back to the campus and will go into classes to share with the present students the stories of their struggles and successes.

 

MARCH: Walk A Thon: Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 6 a.m.

 

MAY: In School Assembly & T. Shirt Day: Recognition of Principals

 

JUNE: Float Parade - Saturday, June 2nd - Classes will take to the streets in a grand artistic float parade. At the conclusion, a winning trophy for the best float will be presented.

 

July 7th - The largest Social event on the Alumni Calendar. A Grand Reunion, bringing together all the classes on the school’s campus at one time for Food, Fun, JULY: Home-Coming - Saturday and Fellowship.

 

AUGUST: Old School Jam - Saturday, August 4th – An evening of Ole School Music under the stars.

 

SEPTEMBER: Bowling Tournament - Friday, September 28th – Classes will compete for a floating trophy and bragging rights.

 

OCTOBER: Community Service Day - Saturday, October 20th – Each class is invited to select a charitable organization for a day of Community Service.

 

NOVEMBER: Hall of Fame Red Ball - Saturday, November 3rd - The Grand event of the 50th Anniversary. At which time Alumnus selected by a distinguished panel of Judges will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

 

SCHOOL SONG:

"Immortal, invisible, God only wise light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

 

SCHOOL MOTTO: 

 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8
 

PRINCIPALS

Ms. Juanita Butler

Mr. Vince Ferguson

Mr. E. J. Bowe

Mr. Erroll Bethel

Mr. A. Leonard Archer

Mr. Stephen Serrette

Mr. Jordon Ritchie

Mr. Johnlee Ferguson

Mrs. Dressler Sherman

Ms. Elise Delancy

Mr. Julian Anderson

Mrs. Dorothy Anderson

Mr. Theophilus Claridge

Mr. Collin L. Johnson

 

PACER PARLIAMENTARIANS AND SENATORS

  1. Sen. Hon. Dion Foulkes

  2. Hon. Renward Wells

  3. Hon. Brensil Rolle

  4. Hon. Vaughn Miller

  5. Hon. Frankie Campbell

  6. His Excellency Rueben Rahming

  7. Sen. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson

 

HALL OF INDUCTEES

  1. Dr. Ricardo Deveaux

  2. Dr. Christopher Basden

  3. Dr. Sidney McPhee

  4. Mrs. Christine Robinson

  5. Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson

  6. Sen. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson

  7. Hon. Portia Smith-Stubbs

  8. Mr. Gregory Burrows

  9. Mr. Antonius Roberts

  10. Superintendent Elaine Sands

 

OTHER NOTED PACERS

Karen E. Malcolm (Minister of Education TCI)

Archdeacon Harry Bain

Father Crowsley Walkine

Apostle Raymond Wells

Attorney Ernie Wallace

Magistrate Derrence Rolle Davis

Olympian Chris Brown

Nehemiah Hield

Ricardo T. Whylly

Keith Bell

Shane Gibson

Dr. Dario Curry (deceased)

Jamaal Rolle (The Celebrity Artist)

Asst. Commissioner Ismella Davis Delancy

Mr. Jack Thompson

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The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education (Moe) has responsibility for more than 50,000 K-12 students in approximately 170 educational institutions in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, which are dispersed over 14 districts in the major islands. Our goal is to increase the graduation rate from 50% to 80% by 2030. The MoE aims to create an educational system that is technologically sound and competitive and that develops the strengths of each child, whether academic or otherwise, towards the maximum contribution that he/she is able to make to the national development of The Bahamas.

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