ABOUT NOVALICHES HIGH SCHOOL
Novaliches High School lies nestled within an environment that is close to nature and far from the maddening crowd and pollution of the bustling metropolis. The school itself is situated along Lakandula and Diego Silang Streets at the heart of T.S Cruz Subdivision in Barangay San Agustin Novaliches Quezon City, Philippines. It occupies a 1.3 hectares lot which was donated to the city government by the owners of the T.S. Cruz Subdivision. It has 8 buildings, one of which was the old Practical Arts Building already demolished giving way to the newly constructed four storey 18-classroom building.
Novaliches High School started as an annex of Quezon City High School in the school year 1960-1961 with 88 students, 5 teacher-pioneers and a head teacher to blaze the trail.
It reached its independent status in 1964 under Mrs. Isabel C. Tinga, who was initially Head Teacher-in-charge of the school (later promoted as its principal in the school year 1971-1972).
In the school year 1966-1967, the Reservoir, Novaliches High School’s official Publication released its maiden issue. It was also during this year when Bienvenido E. Laguesma, once the Secretary of Labor during the Estrada Administration graduated as valedictorian and Most Outstanding Leader of the year.
In 1969, the school was practically leveled to the ground by the calamitous visit of typhoon “Yoling”. But, like the phoenix that emerged young and invigorated when it rises from its ashes, Novaliches High School rose triumphantly from its ruins through the concerted effort of the city officials, the school administrators and civic-minded citizens, to once more meet the challenges of time with fervor and determination.
It produced a new generation of student leaders in 1971 with Mr. Ricardo S. Reyes as the principal – an event that would later mark the beginning of what would later be a glorious decade in the history of the school.
In the following years, beginning 1972-1973, with President Ferdinand E. Marcos declaring Martial Law in the country, these “New Youth of City Schools continued to emerged”.
Under the stewardship of Mr. Florencio B. Dumlao (October 1972-August 1982) ovaliches High School became a model community school with the following outstanding achievements:
● National Winner – National Green Revolution Contest
● Winner – Regional Green Revolution Contest
● Division Winner – Model School
● District Winner – Model School
These years, under the leadership of the late Mr. Florencio B. Dumlao were considered the “Golden Years” of Novaliches High School in the areas of academics, discipline, leadership, cleanliness and beautification, and this developed among the students a positive brand of activism.
With the influx of enrollees, the school was forced to open an annex at Lagro in 1974. Lagro High School headed by Mr. Pilar, was the first of Novaliches High School’s annexes. The second followed in 1980 Sta. Lucia High School, then led by Mr. Eliseo Cabangon as its head teacher-in-charge.
In the year 1983-1984 Novaliches High School boasted a total of 4,239 students and 132 teachers under the leadership of Ms. Flor Sandoval as Secondary School Department Head and in-charge of the school.
Novaliches High School continued to consistently produce winners in the different districts, divisions, regional and national level contests and was also the recipient of different awards in the “Tulungan sa Kalikasan”. These scores of awards distinctions and honors were added to the gallery of achievement of Novaliches High School student and alumni.
The years 1986-1994 were replete with social awakenings, political turmoil, and economic setbacks. In Novaliches High School, Mrs. Consuelo Sison, Mr. Ernesto Anunciacion, Mr. Alfredo L. Principe, Mrs. Corazon G. Magbaleta, Dr. Marcial Domingo, Dr. Thelma Cruz, Mrs. Angela Ferrer and Mrs. Norma Mapanao, as principals, carved a name in the hearts and minds of the Novaliches High School graduates.
Those years were highlighted by the “Alay Linis” campaign where students were seen cleaning not just the school premises but also the community grounds. It also marked the inauguration of the SEDP building in 1992, which housed the science classes, as well as the blessing of the NHS Covered Court, all through the initiative of Mr. Alfredo L. Principe.
In the later part of 1995 Dr. Gil T. Magbanua, a progressive and revolutionary principal came to Novaliches High School. It was through his effort that the Mathay Hall was erected the early part of 1995 with Mayor Ismael Mathay Jr. as the guest of honor.
Under Dr. Magbanua’s stewardship, for the benefit of NHS students, a massive rehabilitation of the school buildings and other principal facilities came into place. Students’ needs and staff development were concerns that were given top priority.
And so, beset by the perennial problem of congested classroom, Novaliches High School open its third and fourth annexes - the San Bartolome in 1991 led by Mrs. Rosario Estrada and the Doña Rosario Annex under Mrs. Victoria Mangosong, which was inaugurated on July 18, 2003 with Mayor Sonny “SB” Belmonte as the guest of honor.
When Mrs. Sheridan Evangelista took over the reign as the principal in 2003, the school renovations continued and the students were pushed to further broaden their horizons and strive for excellence as they attended leadership trainings and competed in contests from the district to the national level.
With Mrs. Evangelista supervising the main campus and Mrs. Lucia Herrera as the Officer-in-Charge of the Doña Rosario Annex, Novaliches High School’s classrooms teemed with learners and some of the teachers were given extra loads to assure that no student is neglected.
In April 2006, a vibrant, ICT-focused Principal in the person of Dr. Maria Noemi M. Moncada, Ed.,D,LIB, formerly of E. Rodriguez Jr. High School, assumed leadership of Novaliches High School. With the distinction of being an Outstanding Secondary School Principal since 2005, Dr. Moncada’s vision is to turn Novaliches High School into one of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Model Schools in Quezon City and Asia Pacific Region.
Through the years, Novaliches High School, as a fountain of knowledge, has endeavored to encourage creativity, freedom of action and innovation among its faculty and students. It has produced graduates who have consistently qualified for entry into prestigious universities like the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo De Manila, University of Sto. Tomas, the Philippine Normal University and the like.
Indeed, after more than 40 years of existence, Novaliches High School stands proud of its greatness and of its successes amidst obscurity and innumerable setbacks. It stands as a symbol of an invulnerable educational institution that will continue to pave the way for the present generation and for the generations to come –- a refuge from ignorance, poverty and bigotry.
(NHS History Credits: Mr.
Gilore Ofrancia NHS Guidance Counselor/ICT Coordinator; Ms. Dina
Valenzuela Former NHS eLibrarian; NHS/NHSOC Logo: John Clive Valena
Batch 1991; NHS in year 1986 & 2006 Sketch Drawing: Emmanuel Ison Batch
1986; NHS History Editors: Aileen Angeles-Espanol Batch 1986, Stephanie
Costales-Navalta Batch 1986 & Chona Villafuerte-Go Batch 1986)
THE BIRTH OF NOVALICHES HIGH SCHOOL
"And so Novaliches High School continues to stand proud"...
Not to be outdone with the advent of today's technology, capable of
out to thousands upon thousands of individuals all around the globe, on
December 7, 2004 Ms. Chona Calvelo Villafuerte Go Class of 1986 founded
and created Novaliches High School On-line Community (NHSOC) website at
/ www.nhsoc.info. The NHSOC website
served as a catalyst for alumni activities and communication
effortlessly maintained alumni connection to their alma mater. Since
its inception, the on-line community has continuously endeavored
numerous "Giving Back" projects benefiting current Novaliches High
School Population and its alumni members with current theme:
"Together Hand In Hand".
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