DAVAO City National High School (DCNHS), the oldest public high school in Davao City, celebrated its centennial anniversary on Wednesday, June 23.

With the theme, "A Century of Excellence, Leadership and Resiliency," various activities were conducted to launch the significant milestone, including the mass, medical mission, motorcade, luncheon, and a centennial grand program in the afternoon.

DCNHS Head Evelyn Magno said in her speech that the celebration not only honors the accomplishment of the past 100 years, but also an affirmation of "moving forward and upward" in its future endeavors.

She shared that the school produced quality graduates, who are not only making a mark in the city but in other parts of the world.

"They also bring validation to the quality of the academic programs installed by the founding faculty and subsequent generations, and by the optimism entrepreneurial spirit in amiability that come to define the City High graduates," Magno said.

She also said DCNHS "affirms its historical commitment for academic freedom and open inquiry to moral and ethical values to its heritage as a Dabawenyo school."

She said the school's junior and senior faculty has also "improved" throughout the years.

Magno said DCNHS has endured various challenges, but she said the Covid-19 pandemic for the past two years has to be one of the most challenging as they had to adapt to a "new normal" setup.

"By coming together as a community, we have demonstrated that we are not just the oldest public high school in the city, but the most resilient one can ever be," the school head.

Department of Education-Davao Region (DepEd-Davao) Director Allan Farnazo, who was also present during the event, lauded all the faculties from the past and the present, for producing top-notch graduates.

Farnazo also thanked the City Government of Davao, particularly the 19th Davao City Council, for recognizing the accomplishments of the school throughout the years, through a Special Resolution, acknowledging its 100-year accomplishments.

Councilor Pilar Braga, the committee on education, science, and technology chairperson, was also present during the event. In her speech, she called DCNHS or popularly known as "City High", a "landmark and monument" school to "quality education", which has a history of producing "outstanding Dabawenyos that contributed to the growth" of the city.

Braga also bared the plan of establishing a mini-museum within the campus, which would showcase the history of DCNHS, including the previous principals and other stakeholders in the past.

The councilor, who also represented Incoming Sebastian Duterte during the event, said the city government will continue to support DCNHS.

The event showcased the different talents of Cityhighians in various presentations.

Prominent alumni also sent their greetings through video presentations, including former Davao City Councilor and current Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta.

One of the highlights of the event is the unveiling of the "centennial marker" bearing the resolution of the City Council congratulating the centennial founding anniversary of DCNHS.

DCNHS, founded in 1922, is the largest public school in Davao City and one of the largest in the Davao Region, with more than 16,000 students. It has been referred to as the premier public secondary school in Davao Region.

The school, first known as the Davao Provincial High School, started as a Nipa hut at Magallanes Street. When the municipality of Davao became a charter city by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 51, series of 1937, the name of the school was fittingly changed to Davao City High School. With the Nationalization of all Secondary Schools in the country, the school is now called its present name. RGL