Torres High School

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Torres High School

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Motto walang uuna sa Torres


Principal Mrs. Rosita C. Herson
Location Manila, Philippines

Torres High School (THS) is one of the oldest public high schools in the Philippines. Founded in 1925, the school is located along Juan Luna St., Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila.



Torres High School, originally named Legarda High School, was founded in 1925 under the leadership of the American James T. Burns. Its first enrollees were students who were refused admission in the three other public schools during that time. They attended classes in an old, dilapidated building along Legarda Street.

The school was later transferred to the Syquia building at the foot of the Pritil Bridge along Juan Luna Street, Tondo in 1926, and was renamed to Manila West High School. The first batch of students graduated two years later, in March 1928.

Several changes took place in 1930, with the appointment of Marcelino Bautista, the first Filipino principal, and the renaming of the school to its present name as mandated by the Municipal Board. The name “Torres High School” was taken from Florentino Torres, one of the first four Filipino jurists of the Supreme Court.

Another important event that took place in 1930 was the publication of the maiden issue of The Torres Torch (Ang Sulo), the official school paper.

THS then transferred to its present site, the Constabulary Barracks in Gagalangin, in January 1937. However, because of World War II which started in 1941, the school was closed and its buildings converted into garrisons. Many school records were also destroyed during the war.

After the war, the school re-opened on July 16, 1945, with Pablo Reyes as principal. Months later, on November 24, 1945, the first post-Liberation batch composed of 30 students received their diploma. Oddly enough, it was only on October 16, 1953, that THS first celebrated its foundation day.

Special Programs

Currently the school is home to some special programs, such as a Nihonggo Class (organized with the help of the Japan Foundation) and a Special Science Class (along with Ramon Magsaysay High School and Cayetano Arellano High School).

Nihonggo Class

Through the Japan Foundation, THS was able to establish a Nihonggo Class for first year students. The one-year program focuses on the Japanese language, arts and culture, and also features activities such as a Sanshin workshop and the Kaisha Caravan last August 2009.

Special Science Class

The Special Science Class, relaunched in May 2007 through special entrance examinations after being shelved for 27 years, refers to specialized classes designed to prepare students for college education. Based on the specialized curriculum of the Manila Science High School, the class is currently implemented in two sections of first year students--ISSC-Aristotle, with 30 students; and ISSC-Graham Bell, with 35 students. The program is also being pilot-tested at Ramon Magsaysay High School and Cayetano Arellano High School.

Student Organizations

Student organizations, fondly called “orgs” by THS students, are composed of various special interest clubs which conduct extra-curricular activities for the welfare and development of the students. Headed by the Supreme Student Government, the highest student body, each club or organization serves as a certain subject area's office for student affairs and initiates activities such as student-led projects that will promote the subject matter to the students. Among these special interest clubs are the YMCA, YWCA, UNESCO Club, Young Earth Savers' Club, Shakesperean Club, Kapisanan ng Diwang Filipino, THS Athletics Society and the THS-Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines.

Torres High School - Supreme Student Government (THS-SSG)

As the highest student body, the THS-SSG has the power to legislate and, with the approval of the principal, execute ordinances governing the students. The THS-SSG is also the head of the centralized finance system, with the authority to finance and audit expenses of clubs that use the allotted budget.

Principals of THS

  1. James Burns 1925 - 1929
  2. Harry Hanzelmayer 1929
  3. George Lyman 1929 - 1930
  4. Marcelino Bautista 1930 - 1935
  5. Fortunato de Veyra 1935
  6. Pedro Guiang 1935 - 1936
  7. Ricardo Castro 1936 - 1939
  8. Delfin Reynaldo 1939 - 1940
  9. Maximo Jimenez 1940 - 1941
  10. Pablo Reyes 1945 - 1953
  11. Cesario Bandong 1953 - 1966
  12. Emiliano Rafael 1966 - 1974
  13. Alfonso Asuncion 1974 - 1975
  14. Rufino de la Cruz 1976 - 1977
  15. Dominador Wingsing 1977 - 1978
  16. Severa H. Saldana 1978 - 1984
  17. Dr. Consolacion C. Domingo 1984 - 1985
    1. Ms. R. Esteban - OIC, August 1985 - April 1986
  18. Dr. Florie M. Balanag 1986 - 1990
  19. Adoracion Acuna 1991 - 1995
  20. Dr. Norma Ecobar 1995 - Dec. 1997
  21. Pilar G. Pizzaro Feb. 12, 1998 - Dec. 2000
  22. Romeo B. Santos April 2001 - May 2006
  23. Rosita C. Herson July 2006 - Present


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