Welcome to STETHS Alumni Association
Happy New Year 2022!
A new year is here and we begin with so much promise! The world continues to battle COVID19 and many in our communities are affected. I wish everyone well for 2022!
Homecoming Week at STETHS is still set for June 26 – July 2, 2022. We do have concerns that COVID may impact those plans. However, we keep working towards that period. Please have a look at our draft calendar of events. Until we meet again, virtually or in person, best wishes for 2022!
Donovan Wilson– 80’
Be A Part of The STETHS Community
The STETHS Alumni Association USA Inc has established STETHS communities around the world. These communities are made up of past students, currents students, families, friends and supports of STETHS. Communities are based on geographical location such as states, providence, or cities.
The idea of building a Technical secondary school in Santa Cruz was initiated by the ‘Santa Cruz Citizen’s Association in 1958. Various pleas were made to the country’s Ministry of Education, in addition to the Kaiser Bauxite Company. These authorities soon realized the importance of a technical, skill-based school. They later received a ten-thousand pound grant from the Ministry and twelve acres of land from Kaiser Bauxite to start the project. The Minister of Education at the time, Hon. F. L. Glasspole, decided that St. Elizabeth Technical High School was to be built with an opening date set at early 1961. The first batch of students were chosen before the groundbreaking ceremony.
Before the school was built, E.G. Roper was appointed principal as of 1 January 1961. The school opened with 110 students on 10 October 1961, all housed in one building. Under the direction of Mr. Roper, a school choir and sports program were developed.
The school encountered problems in the early years, such as lack of equipment, insufficient water supply, and insufficient boarding accommodation in the community. The members of staff together with Kaiser Bauxite Company contributed twelve thousand pounds to help alleviate the problems.
The STETHS Alumni Connection (SAC) Newsletter Team is pleased to present our first-ever quarterly newsletter at a time which, although fraught with the threat from a viral pandemic, is also filled with the hope that spring brings and the joy of celebrating longevity. This year marks 25 years of STETHS Alumni Association (Inc.) and 60 years since the inception of our alma mater. As we celebrate and learn to adapt to a changing world, we hope SAC helps you to reconnect, renew and strengthen those ties formed decades ago, or more recently, at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Please enjoy our features of two fellow alumni who have distinguished themselves and contributed much to society on the national and international stage.
In this issue, we also tune in to the voices of current STETHS students, invite you to test your knowledge of STETHS trivia, explore some resources for coping with health and wellness concerns, especially during this time, and take a quick look back at the STETHS alumni Association’s journey over a quarter-century. We hope you are inspired to join and “Be A Part” during our alumni membership campaign.