DCenHS turns 90

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Friday, April 11, 2014


FOR 90 long years in giving quality education, Davao Central High School (DCenHS) has become one of the major basic education institutions in Davao City.

Founded on June 3, 1924 as then Davao Chinese High School, DCenHS started with two rented classrooms on San Pedro St. with only 30 students.

In October 1924, Don Francisco Villa-Abrille Lim Juna, Charter Member of the Davao Central Educational Association, donated a 10,000 square-meter lot, in what is now known as Sta. Ana Avenue corner J.P. Laurel Avenue.

The school has continued to move forward boasting of a dual language curriculum of Chinese and English.

The school is built on a strong credibility "known as the hallmark of quality Filipino-Chinese Education in Southern Mindanao with cutting edges in Chinese, English, Filipino, Mathematics, and Sciences."

Recently, DCenHS was visited by the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges, and Universities (ACSCU) for a Level 2 accreditation status.
Confident of the school robust performance, Nilda T. Ramos, DCenHS
English Principal, said they are positive to receive the level 2 status.

The school is also an accredited school of the Department of Education for Educational Service Contracting (ESC) scheme.

DCenHS is also a K to 12 school, wherein from pre-school to grade 10 students, are given the general education curriculum.

Rosita N. Te, Chinese Principal, said their Chinese curriculum is also integrated in the students' subjects.

"The Chinese program is a regular program of the school wherein we teach the students writing, music, conversation, and composition," she said.

There are also a Special Filipino Program for foreign students and Practical Music Course for students who wish to learn violin, guitar, voice, drums, and piano.

In terms of facilities, the school boasts of an audio visual room, computer laboratory, science laboratories, library, Jolly Central covered court, a museum, pre-school playground, speech laboratory, and the Tan Yan Kee Auditorium.

The school is headed by school director Elisa W. Yong Look. Its Board of Trustees is currently composed of BOT chairman Edison Lu, executive vice-chairman Tita Ko, vice-chairpersons Domingo Uy, Jacob Chua, Alfonso Ang, and Severino Herrera Jr., and Administration Committee chairman Celso Sy.

In September, the school will celebrate its 90th anniversary.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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