Ramon Magsaysay High School Manila
Ramon Magsaysay High School España Manila
The Ramon Magsaysay High School España, Manila (commonly known as Monsay or RMHS) is a public high school in the Philippines that offers basic secondary education and special academic programs. The RMHS is known for its special science, special education and evening vocational school programs. Its students excel in different academic and extra-curricular activities. The administration, faculty, staff and parent-teachers association are committed to pursuit of quality education. Its alumni are properly placed in the different fields of the sciences, engineering, mathematics, humanities, journalism, law, business administration, accountancy, public administration, the military and religious ministry.
The RMHS Manila campus is located at España Avenue corner Don Quixote Street, Sampaloc, Manila.
Ramon Magsaysay High School (RMHS) has its beginning as the Governor Forbes Annex of V. Mapa High School in 1952. It was in 1959 when what used to be the annex evolved into the Ramon Magsaysay High School named after one of the most loved Philippine presidents.
What RMHS is now can be attributed to its effective leadership. It has been under capable principals who have paved the way for its growth and success.
Its first principal was Mrs. Maria M. Ocampo (1959-1972) whose term saw the growth of the school from a fledgling institution to a full-grown one. The next four years saw the principalship of Dr. William L. Estrada (1972-1976) who answered the needs of a continually growing student population in terms of more chairs and an expanded canteen and library.
In 1976, Mr. Mateo A. Angeles (1976-1987) took over. It was during his 11-year term when the school topped the NCEE for the first time in 1978 and kept the banner until the NCEE was replaced by the NSAT.
Mrs. Esperanza B. Bautista (1987-1995) was responsible for making RMHS a leader not only in the division but in the region as well. When she left the school she had left a battlecry that everyone has taken to heart ---”to continue the culture of excellence.”
Under the leadership of Ms. Elena R. Ruiz (1996-1997), the school soared higher as evidenced by its academic achievements as well as physical improvements.
Mr. Leon R. San Miguel (1997-1999) made waves in mproving the school’s facilities. He emphasized the maintenance of cleanliness of the school’s surroundings.
School year 1998 earmarked the coming of Dr. Cristina C. Reyes (1999-present). With her at the helm, RMHS has undergone great transformation over its 1959 version. From its original three buildings which used to be the old North General Hospital, there rose the new science building with its ten rooms.
Facilities are continuously upgraded, improved and renovated. There are computer rooms for computer education and literacy, the well-equipped and spacious teachers’ rooms and departments heads’ offices, the
RMHS cooperative store with its water station, internet café and research center, the only one of its kind in the Manila Division of City Schools, the ultra-modern comfort rooms for teachers and students, the air-conditioned auditorium, the computerized EMIS Center, the eye-catching fountains in the school lobby, and the stainless front gate of the school.
All these are possible because of the will and determination of the principals and the commitment and dedication of its faculty in making the school the showcase of the Division of City Schools, Manila.
Aside from basic secondary education, the school also offers various academic programs:
- Program of Excellence in English, Science and Mathematics
Utilizing the latest in educational technology, students are taught with basic and advanced lessons in English, Science and Mathematics with the Autoskill Academy of Reading and Academy of Math.
- Special Science Program
A DOST sponsored program intended to upgrade engineering and science education.
- Special Education Program
A secondary school in the division that caters to the needs of the visually and hearing impaired through mainstreaming with regular students.
- Earn While You Learn
A laboratory for students in food service and entrepreneurship.
- Kiddie Learning Center
A daycare center for children ages 5-6 years old.
- Internet Café and Research Center
Funded by the RMHS Faculty Cooperative as their contribution to the students for their research-based lessons.
- Evening Vocational School
Non-formal education that helps the youth and working adults to enhance their manipulative skills for lifetime employment.
- Cultural Development Programs
The avenues that showcase the students’ artistic faculty in dancing, singing and playing musical instruments that can display our rich cultural heritage.
Eligibility and admission
Admission to this school is through two processes:
SPECIAL SCIENCE CLASS, with a maximum of 100 students passing the DOST entrance exam (given every April); and must have a general average of 90 and above.
REGULAR CLASS has a general average of 85 and above.
In order to avoid overcrowding of students in public high schools, the Division of City Schools Manila mandates that only elementary graduates from the feeder schools (Legarda, Lopez Jaena, Juan Luna, and Trinidad Tecson Elementary Schools) shall be accepted to RMHS.
The school boasts of a faculty, committed to the school's ideals of promoting a relevant and responsive curriculum. Here is the faculty roster for school year 2009-2010:
- Fernandez, Lucita C. - OIC, Science Department
- Locara, John Butch P. - Head, Mathematics Department
- Pitogo, Vilma A. - Head, English Department
- Rosete, Diomedes T. - Head, Technology Education Department
- de Guzman, Aquilina B. - Technology & Home Economics Department
- Pizarro, Emerita P. - Head, Filipino Department
- Cruz, Nilda B. - AP/EP Department
- Fernando, Victoria C. - MAPEH Department
In honing the journalistic skills of its students, there are two official students' publications, the Blue and White (All articles written in English) and Ang Silahis (All articles written in Filipino)
RMHS Alumni are placed in the different fields of the sciences, engineering, mathematics, humanities, journalism, law, business administration, accountancy, public administration, the military and religious ministry.
The alumni website MonSay.org was created to reconnect RMHS alumni with their high school batchmates.
- RMHS Manila Official Website. (Accessed on 11 September 2009).
- Official Alumni Website. (Accessed on 11 September 2009).