School History

Tutorial High School (THS) was founded in 1939 by Austin Cosmo Castello, with a student population of 7 children. The principal objective was to provide Secondary Education for working class children. The school attained its first Grade I certificate at the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate in 1941. From a humble spatial beginning, the school grew rapidly in physical size and student body, as its reputation developed. By 1946, the school’s population had grown tremendously, and in that year, Lancelot Thom won the Government Junior Scholarship. Austin was joined by his brother, Joseph in 1954. THS evolved from a small building in Bent Street, Wortmanville, to Croal Street Stabroek, to Maltenoes and the three-storey building at 52 Fifth Street, Albertown. Between 1948 and 1969, several Tutorial students including Jacob G. Bynoe, Shira Khan, and Donald Roach won distinguished scholarships and awards for outstanding academic achievements. Tutorial also fielded a reputable Debating Team, often defeating the more “elite” schools.

The early groups of students hailed from as far east as Hopetown, West Coast Berbice, to as far west as Stewartville, West Coast Demarara, comprising primarily children from working class families. The monthly fee in those pioneering days was $2.00 (two dollars), and by 1960 it had increased to a paltry $30 (thirty dollars) per month, which many parents struggled to pay. On September 1st 1958 THS became a government-Aided Secondary School, housing 921 students, 478 boys and 443 girls. The science laboratory was established in 1959, offering Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. As one of the most popular urban secondary education institutions, throughout the 1960’s and mid-1970’s THS had established and maintained an erstwhile reputation in both academics and sports. The school’s exceptional tradition of excellence in sports was consistently demonstrated throughout the 1960’s and early 1970’s. For example, in 1963 the Tutorial Girls team won the Roy Wong Basketball Trophy, and the boys won the Juice Basketball tournament. Individual athletes excelled in their respective sports, including track and field, cricket, rounders, football, and rugby. In 1970 Tutorial won the O.T. Donald Under 16 Football Cup, and in 1971 the rugby team won the Hardy Timmerman Trophy. Tutorial athletes represented Guyana in the junior Carifita Games and the International Texaco Games in Trinidad

Soon after the retirement of Joseph Castello, in 1976, the school then located at Fifth Street, Alberttown became a government institution. In September, 1984 the students were relocated, with half of them placed in the former Central High School building in Woolford Avenue, and others were sent to other secondary schools. During the 1990’s a series of renovations were undertaken to extend the existing buildings. These included classroom additions and extensions, Home Economics and Science & Technology Laboratories. The construction ofa new Tutorial High School building is expected to be completed in June 2006.

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