N.G.M. Major High School

BRIEF HISTORY OF N.G.M. MAJOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

 After much deliberation, research and planning, in January of 1910, the school known as Buckley’s Public School was established in the settlement of Buckley’s, Long Island.  This replaced the Grant–In Aid school that had been housed in the Palestine Baptist Mission House until the 1908 hurricane.

 

The school was opened by Mr. H. M. Gibson, an Eleutheran, whose headmastership was short lived.  Several teachers succeeded Mr. Gibson, including Mr. C. I. Gibson, the father of National Anthem composer, Mr. Timothy Gibson, and Mr. Lance Smith.

 

The longest surviving of them all was Mr. Nelson G.M. Major, a Long Islander. Buckley’s Public School was re-named N.G.M. Major High in 1976 in honor of his lifelong Principal-ship of commitment, dedication and strong discipline. In fact, it is to Mr. Major that the school owes its cognizance of academic excellence that exists even today.

 

N.G.M. MAJOR HIGH is a comprehensive school with a student catchment area extending from Salt Pond in the North to Gordon’s in the South, including the settlements of Gray’s, Deadman’s Cay, Buckley’s, Cartwright’s, Mangrove Bush, Petty’s, Hamilton’s, Scrub Hill, Clarence Town, Dunmore, Morrisville, Hard bargain, Roses, Berry’s and Mortimer’s.

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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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