Customarily, whenever alumni visit our country of birth, they dutifully visit the school, and call on the Principal, to get updates, specifically, on the needs of the school so as to convey the urgency of its needs to the organization in the States. Dr. Olu Nylander (deceased), returned from such visit home, in 1984, and brought a message from the Principal and the Old Boys Association (alumni) that the school was in dire need of financial support. He felt the best way to get a meaningful response to this call for help was to convene a meeting of alumni of the school
In the District of Columbia Metro Area. The word got around and Mr. Winston Carew (alumnus) graciously offered his home for the first meeting. Those present were: Chrispin O’Connor, Claudius Taylor, Bob Thomas, Anita Williams, Samuel Williams, Winston Carew, Prince Palmer, and Dr. Olu Nylander. And so the Sierra Leone Grammar School Alumni Association of North America was born, to give financial, material, and moral support to our school.
This group decided to choose a lucrative fundraiser to raise some money for the school. Accordingly, our first fundraising dance was held at the Howard University, Washington D.C., through the auspices of Mr. Michael Billy Jones, an alumnus.
Through the years, we have, enthusiastically, maintained traditions firmly upheld by the school. All of us, particularly our first elected president, were and still, cognizant of the need to ensure sustained support of the school, and not to fall into the usual mode of lethargy and complacency, particularly in our mission to our Alma mater. Through the years the organization has grown, with the vigorous, vigilant and unremitting support of members and the judicious leadership of succeeding presidents.