Thirty four days of Alpha Boys School

On the occasion of the anniversary of Alpha Cottage in Jamaica. Wake the world and tell the people!

On May 1, 1880, the doors of Alpha Cottage opened and the first children in need of a safe place to live became the first residents along with the founder, Jessie Ripoll, and three women who joined Ms Ripoll in the founding of the cottage. Since 1890, the cottage has been operated by the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Over the years, the cottage became ans Industrial School. Later it changed to a Boys School and now Alpha Institute.


Listen to alphaboysschoolradio.com anywhere and be a part of the celebration! Every song on the school radio features one or more past students from the school. #ABSRJA is your passport to Jamaican music and culture.

Known worldwide for its alumni who have earned national honours from the government of Jamaica and international honours including Grammy nominations for their contributions to music and culture, the school is, of course, more than music. In addition to off-set printing to woodworking, barbering and more, employers know Alpha students are good citizens too. And the Religious Sisters of Mercy make sure students know the importance of academic and personal skills to a successful career.


May 1 is Founder’s Day at Alpha

34 days of Alpha (May 1-June 2) Friends of Alpha are organizing a series of activities in May and the beginning of June with which we can celebrate together, in Jamaica and out! We hope you can join us…


Send birthday wishes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@alphaboysschool). Link to our social media and website and immediately help raise awareness. Don’t know what to write? Click here. We can help!


Attend the roots reggae sound system event at Stonesthrow, located at 1b Mannings Hill Road in Kingston. Stonesthrow will host Ilawi on the turntables. Ilawi is a past student and also a selector for Jah Love Sound System, one of Jamaica’s most respected cultural sound systems.


Every mickle mek a muckle, as we say in Jamaica. Donate and receive amazing gifts! All donors during the month of May will receive a custom song from Marcia Griffiths! Donors to the Anniversary Dance also receive tickets to the dance, complimentary shirts and a shout on Alpha Boys School Radio!


Join us for the Alpha Anniversary Dance at Spanish Court Hotel On Friday June 2nd. Patrons will hear past Alpha students play the music of other past students. The 10-piece Alpha alumni band will be joined by DJ Welton Irie who will be spinning classic hits and rare cuts from the 60s, 70s and 80s for your dancing pleasure.


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