Calabar Symbols

Calabar school compound

Calabar school compound


The motto is “The Utmost for the Highest”. Calabar was one of the first Jamaican schools to have its motto expressed in English instead of Latin.


The colors are green, representing growth, and black, representing difficulties to be overcome.


The school crest is a shield bordered by black and yellow enclosing a green field. A girdle bears the words of the motto in yellow letters and encloses a tree of knowledge which divides the central portion of the crest into three parts. The upper part contains the spreading branches of the tree, the left lower part shows a lion signifying strength, and the right lower part shows an open Bible signifying truth and Godliness. (Add link for CalabarCrest.jpeg)


Like an ancient river flowing From the mountain to the sea So we follow, coming, going To the wider life to be. On our course from the source To the wider life to be.


Here Sir!, HereSir!, HereSir!, HereSir! So we answer near or far Here Sir!, HereSir!, HereSir!, HereSir! At the call of Calabar

One by one and as they name us Forth we go from boyhood’s rule Sworn to be renowned and famous For the honour of the school True as steel, in our zeal For the honour of the school.

So today and oh, if ever Duty’s voice is ringing clear Bidding men to brave endeavour We will answer we are here Come what will, good or ill We will answer we are here.