The first principal was Miss Gartshore whose dedication and immense experience were instrumental in setting the school on a firm Christian path was followed by subsequent principals.
Not only did Christian ideals grow but also the school’s population and by 1960 it boasted 132 students and became a grant aided institution which boasted a sixth form. The growth spilled over into other areas of the school and a three storey block consisting of six classrooms and science laboratories were erected and opened by the then Minister of Education, Honourable Florizel Glasspole. Over the years, the school has added blocks for grades eight to thirteen along with the library, other science laboratories and a canteen. The school’s population has grown significantly to approximately 1450 students and 75 staff members.
Today, Meadowbrook’s growth is not only seen in buildings and numbers but in academics and a few areas in sport. Our past students are to be found in every professional area, nursing, teaching, medicine, law, aviation, sports, banking and commerce; just think of the profession and Meadowbrook is accounted for.
One of the hallmarks of Meadowbrook’s achievement occurred in 1994 when the country woke up to the stunning news on August 14 as reported by the The Daily Gleaner that “Meadowbrook is Tops!”. This was as a result of an all island academic survey carried out on behalf of UNESCO.
Ratings as regards high schools achievement in the CSEC examinations are done annually and in many instances Meadowbrook High School was placed in the top twenty. However, over the years, there has been a fluctuation in these ratings. On February 29, 2016; The Gleaner published an article entitled “Meadowbrook Makes Big Jump in High School Rankings”.
The details attested to the fact that the school had made the biggest improvement in this year’s CSEC IVY League Rankings. This was based on the percentage of students who graduated from grade 11 with at least five CSEC subjects including Mathematics or English Language.
Since Reverends Henry Ward and Madge Saunders’ dream became a reality, Meadowbrook has taken its place in the country’s history and as Reverend Madge Saunders wrote in the school song, “We seek to make our light so shine/ Service true to all mankind/ Holding the Flag of honour high as we glorify our father.”