Our Founders

The school was founded in 1729 after the death of John Wolmer who left in his will £2,300 from his estate to start a "Free School" in his parish of his death.

 Other persons made important contributions to the establishment and growth of Wolmer’s. They have been honoured by having the houses at Wolmer’s Boys’ School named after them.

William Crosse: - He was a wealthy merchant, slave holder and wharf owner. In 1736 he willed his house and 21 acre pen in St. Andrew to Wolmer’s. This land is now part of Up Park Camp. The trustees of the school sold this land (Wolmer’s Pen) to the ‘authorities’, who wanted to secure a better water supply to the Camp, in 1820.

Thomas Harrison :- He was the Attorney General for the colony. In 1778, he donated £20 to the school.

Ellis Wolfe :- He was a wealthy and influential Jew. In 1818 he left in his will £1,000 to the school, on the condition that at least 12 Jewish boys per annum were received as free scholars.

William Patterson :- He donated £500 to the school, probably in 1739.

Edward Hanna :- He donated the senior Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories, which completed construction in 1940, in memory of his late brother Oscar Hanna, who attended Wolmer’s between 1915 and 1919.

Dr. Ludlow Moodie :- He donated £30,000 to the construction of the new building for Wolmer’s Preparatory School, in the 1960s.

Sir Florizel Glasspole :- He attended Wolmer’s in the early 1930s and went on to distinguish himself in Jamaica’s political affairs. He served as Governor-General for Jamaica between 1972 and 1992. He served on the 250th anniversary committee and was instrumental in spearheading the construction of the 6th Form Building.