father, A. E. Harrison was a third generation Jamaican.
He went to school at
Munro and subsequently taught there
years. For 30 of those years he was
He was Custos of St.
Elizabeth from 1920 to 1937.
headmaster he bestrode the Munro community
collossus. He had a very strong
personality, great energy,
a quick temper
and a very loud voice. When
he shouted at
a lazy or sullen boy
in one classroom, the boys in even
classrooms heard and we shivered in our
used the stick hardly
at all, there was almost no need.
Discipline was automatic and we worked
like the devil to
avoid being shouted
at. He was a born teacher of
and, provided you used your head, he
patient, long-suffering and
that formidable exterior there beat a heart
My father was a most
lovable man and had a marvellous
of humour. To him and to dedicated
Mr. Morton York, and the
well-loved Mr. Wiehen, and to
sports masters like Mr. Roberts, Major
Nicholson and Mr. Dunleavy
goes the credit for the
at Munro in these days. Munro boys
strove to excel, not just for ourselves
but for our "house"
and for the
Gleaner of March 18, 1937, the day
after my father's
sudden death said in part
and in effect: "Hon. A. E.
is dead. This was the news that shocked
island community yesterday. Revered and
honoured he has
gone to his rest. When
the historians come to record the
work of those who have striven for the
and progress of Jamaica, his biography will fill a bright
Throughout Jamaica his name is a household
respected by all. He was a
devoted friend to a host of
particularly to the many hundreds of old
Munronians who have passed through the
of learning since 1895."