School Founders

Austin Cosmo Castello (AKA “Tookie”) was born in 1912 in the village of Kitty, Georgetown, Guyana. He received his primary education at Blankengurg Congregational School, Albouystown Congregational, Alness Congregational, and Rosehall Congregational. For his secondary education, he attended Collegiate High School, where he was a top student, and represented the school in the sport of cricket. Upon completing his secondary education, Austin persued a career in teaching, and practiced this craft at Collegiate High, Saint Joseph’s Intermediate College, Progressive High, and Modern Educational Institute. During his years as a secondary school teacher, he realized his dream and created Tutorial High School, where he was installed as the first principal. He taught English Language, French, and Mathematics, often substituting for absent teachers, and demonstrated competence and knowledge of the subject matter.

Known for his exuberant personality, intellect and generosity, he was also instrumental in fortifying the national educational system, and some key civic organizations in Guyana. He served for many years as Secretary and President of the Private Schools Association, and Treasurer of the Association of Headmasters and Mistresses of Secondary Schools. In addition, he was Secretary/Treasurer and Deacon of Ketley Congregational Church, Trustee of the Sunbeam Friendly Society, and member of the Ancient Order of Foresters (Diamond Lodge).

In 1956, he married Geraldine Moore. From this union their only child, June Ann was born. This great educator and humanitarian retired in 1980, and in that year was awarded the Golden Arrowhead of Achievement “for long and dedicated service in the field of education.” This humble, respectful educational stalwart and brilliant son of the soil succumbed to illness and passed away on August 23, 1991. Gone, but not forgotten, his influence on all of us will be everlasting.

Joseph Waterton Castello (AKA “Boops”), brother of Austin, was born on November 14, 1916 on the West Coast of Demerara. His primary education was completed at Albouystown Church of Scotland School, Clarkston Congregational, Auchlyne Church of Scotland on the Corentyne, and Smith Memorial School. He received his secondary education at Collegiate High School, and Modern High School. As a trained teacher, he was assigned to Agricola Methodist School, followed by Grove Anglican, then Smith Memorial over a 7 year period. In 1945, Joseph was appointed Deputy Principal of Tutorial High School. He was a strict disciplinarian with a “cool” demeanor. Among the subjects he taught were Latin, English Language, and philosophy were among the repertoire of subjects he taught. He was known to be an avid reader, particularly of philosophical material, and loved to share his ideas and perceptions with others, often engaging them in spirited debate and discussion. His unrelenting skill and mastery as a sports recruiter for Tutorial were instrumental in sustaining the school’s reputation and dominance in Athletics. He served as Games Secretary of the Association of Private Secondary Schools, and a member of the Basketball disciplinary Committee.

Joseph was very proactive in both the academic and civic spheres. His many affiliations and titles included: Secretary of the Debating Society at Modern High, Secretary of Providence Congregates, Chairman of Smith Church Young Peoples Movement, President of the British Guiana Assistant and Pupil Teachers section, Secretary of the British Guiana teachers association. An advocate for the teaching profession, he was appointed to the Wright’s Commission for Improvement of Teachers’ Salaries, and the Education Committee representing the Union of Private Secondary Schools. Joseph retired as Principal of THS on December 31, 1981. He was the recipient of the President’s Award – a gold medal from the Guyana Teachers’ Association “for his invaluable contribution to education for 38 years.”

The former students of these stalwarts (the Castello brothers) remain committed to their legacy of excellence in the field of education.

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