Howard Plested Girls School

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A History

Rev. William Plested and his wife Alice Gordon Plested of New York migrated to Trinidad in the year 1882. Rev. and Mrs. Plested were very active in the First Methodist Episcopal Church. They had two daughters – Alice & Edith and two sons – William & Howard. Howard died at the age of 12. In memory of their son Howard Mr. Alice Gordon Plested donated a sum of US$ 10,000 to the Methodist Missions, the sum helped to found the Howard Plested Memorial Secondary School in Meerut, which has grown into an outstanding educational institute. The sum was inherited by Mrs. Plested from her father. Rev. Plested died in the year 1893.

William the son of Rev. Plested married Nellie Bernice Nicholls and had five children, Bernice, William, Evelyn, Dolores and Alice. 

Dolores Plested made a career of journalism, working on the Chronicle News in Trinidad, The New York Times, KMYR Radio Station, then Bureau Chief in Denver for Fairchild Publications of New York City. Through the years she kept active ties with Trinidad, spearheading the drive to acquire Bloom House Museum, and established the 700-member Friends of Historical Trinidad: and was a key figure in establishing the Arthur Mitchell Gallery. Ms Dolores Plested is still in contact with the Howard Plested School.


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We would like to thank Mrs. Alice Gordon Plested & Rev. William Plested for their valuable contribution. We also wish to thank Ms Dolres Plested who still is in touch with us, our thanks to other family members who recently visited the school.