This was once the 'Largest Secondary School in the World'!
Rizal High School (Filipino: Mataas na Paaralang Rizal) or commonly known as RHS an institution of secondary education based in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines, has been listed as the “largest secondary school in the world” since 1993 by the Guinness Book of World Records until 2005 when City Montessori School in Lucknow, India held the title of the world's biggest school, when it had 29,212 pupils, beating Rizal High School in Manila, Philippines, which had 19,738 pupils.
HISTORY OF RIZAL HIGH SCHOOL
Pasig Secondary SchoolThe first secondary school in the province of Rizal known as the Pasig Secondary School was established in 1902 during the incumbency of Governor Ambrosio Flores with an enrollment of 28 pupils. The students came from five neighboring towns including Pasig.
The enrollment increased to 45 pupils in November, 65 in December and 88 in January and February in 1903, all intermediate pupils. The pupils were taught in a room of a rented building, 30 meters by 30 meters. The cost of the rent was $15, local currency, the amount paid from the provincial fund.
|RHS Class of 1975-76|
At the beginning, the Provincial Board was against the establishment of a provincial school in Pasig, which is near Manila. The increase in American financial support by the provincial government was subject to the condition that the pupils from adjoining towns would attend classes in the provincial school rather than seeking enrollment in Manila.
Immediately after the military post occupied by American soldiers was vacated, it was turned over to the provincial government for the use of the Pasig Secondary School in November 1903. The building, although quite spacious, was old and dilapidated with a badly damaged roof. The teachers assigned to this school were all Americans, namely, Messrs. Laughlin, Click and Scruton. The Superintendent of Schools was Charles Rummel.
The military post was vacated when a new building was constructed in 1902 during the administration of Governor Jose Tupas. The basement of the building was used as a woodworking shop. This was the time when a first year class was organized.
|RHS field in 1996|
|RHS field today|
This was in 1914 during the tenure of Governor Mariano Melendres. The building was completed and occupied in 1915.
Change of NameThe name of Pasig Secondary School was changed to Rizal High School when a first year class of eleven pupils was organized and when the province was already putting up the greater bulk of the financial support for the school. The change to the present name Rizal High School was made in 1914 when the new building was completed and occupied by the school.
For many years since its establishment in 1902, the intermediate classes were under the supervision and administration of the secondary school principal. These classes were considered a preparatory department of the secondary school. The gradual change in administration started with the school year 1902-1921. The complete separation of the intermediate classes as a preparatory department to the high school took effect in 1924.
|RHS students in 1996|
The first graduating class was in 1918. Of the 30 fourth year students for the month of March, 27 qualified for graduation. Two of the graduates who later distinguished themselves in their chosen professions were U.P. Professor Cecilio Lopez and Dr. Elpidio Alcantara.
The first principal of the Pasig Secondary School was Steward Laughlin who also served as one of its earliest teachers. The first Filipino principal was Marcelino Bautista who served during the school year 1929-1930, followed by Ricardo Castro in 1930-1935, Aquilino Carino in 1935-1935, Eufrocino Malonzo in 1936-1939. The years preceding the Second World War saw Eliseo Tayao as principal of the Rizal High School (1939–41). The school was closed for sometime and was reopened with Cesario Bandong.
Classes after LiberationThe carpet-bombing employed by the American Liberation Forces destroyed the Rizal High School building and grounds. Classes therefore were reorganized in 1945 at the Pasig Elementary School by Paterno Santiago (later to become principal of Morong High School). He took charge of the administration of the Rizal High School for about a month when he gave way to Cesario Bandong who served as principal until 1950.
The reconstruction of the Rizal High School was started on February 4, 1948 out of the War Damage Fund in the amount of P101,445.49 during the incumbency of Governor Sixto Antonio. The reconstruction was completed on August 15, 1949.
Demetrio M. Suguitan took over from Bandong (1950–1960). Modesta T. Javier became the principal in 1960-1974; Cesar S. Tiangco came in 1975 up to January 1980. Diana C. Santos became principal from 1980 until 1999. Josephine M. Cruz, who was then the Schools Division English Supervisor for the secondary level, was installed as Santos' replacement in 1999. Josephine M. Cruz was principal until 2012.
Now the school is under the management of Virginia R. Membrebe, a former Social Studies teacher of Rizal High School prior to her elevation to the principalship of Santa Lucia High School.
RIZAL HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE / OFFERS
Appeals to those who have set their minds towards college education. Divided into degree-specific courses, the Academic track in senior high school aims to prepare students to more advanced university courses. Under this umbrella are three strands: Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMMS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM)
It calls out to eligible students with subjects focused on job-ready skills. Besides, it offers practical knowledge with matching certificates to help students land their desired job after they graduate from SHS. Under the senior high school tech-voc track are the following strands. Home Economics, Industrial Arts and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
ARTS & DESIGN
Inside this course, students with a penchant for the Arts can enroll in subjects that will hone their skills in visual design and the performing arts.
Developed to equip Senior High School students with sports-related and physical fitness and safety knowledge, this track appeals to those who wish to venture into athletics, fitness, and recreational industries.
Rizal High School
Address: Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig, 1600 Metro Manila
Phone: 0976 947 2375
Principal: Gilbert O. Inocencio (2019)
Founded: October 1, 1902
Motto: "Strive for Excellence for the Glory of God"
Colors: Red, Brown
School types: Secondary school, State school, Public school
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related To Rizal High School
- Is Rizal High School Public or private?
Rizal High School Formerly Pasig Secondary School is a DepED Managed Monograde Public Secondary School Located in 1st Districtof NCR SECOND DISTRICT.
- How many students are in Rizal High School?
- Where is the biggest high school in the world?
At 7:15am in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, a stream of children flows through the gates of the Kanpur Road campus of City Montessori school. A dozen helpers pull school bags off roof racks and direct traffic to keep things moving.
- Where did Rizal take high school?
On June 10, 1872, four months after the execution of Gomburza, accompanied by Paciano, Jose went to Manila and took an entrance examination at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
- What is the biggest school in the Philippines?
University of the Philippines Los Banos. "Elbi", as students would fondly call it, spans across a whopping 15, 000 hectares making it the biggest in the country
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