Pampanga High School
Pampanga National High School (more commonly known as Pampanga High School or PHS) It was formerly known as Jose Abad Santos High School or JASHS. The current main building of Pampanga High School was completed in 1935. It follows Standard Plan No. 20 of Gabaldon schoolhouses and is currently being restored as part of the Heritage Schoolhouse Restoration Program of the Department of Education and Heritage Conservation Society. Among its graduates is former President Diosdado P. Macapagal.

Old building

The Old Pampanga High School Building was the original site of the Pampanga High School. Completed shortly after 1910 it served as the main building of the Pampanga High School until 1935 when it was transferred to its present site. The building was then used as an annex of the school. It also served as the site of the University of the Philippines Extension Program in San Fernando, Pampanga until floods hit San Fernando in 1995.

The beginnings of the Pampanga High School could be traced to the Eusebio Residence located near the town plaza of San Fernando where classes first began in 1908. Due to the lack of students, it was unable to form a senior class until 1911-1912. Its first principal was Mr. John W. Osborn. The school was later moved to this building near the Provincial Capitol in order to accommodate more students.

The school population grew to 4000 plus students in the mid 1960s as youths from nearby towns started to enroll. Pablo Pinlac, the principal, started sports program like Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball, etc. Thanks to coaches like Rafael Aguilar the school competed against other Central Luzon schools.

Starting around this time, the school newspaper, The Pampangan was getting recognition nationally. Under Miss Gervacia Guarin's leadership, the school won several medals against schools from the big cities.

In 1960, Pampanga High School had one of its more successful year when several writers won a gold medal, and two bronze medals and some top six winners.

A lot of the graduates migrated to the US and became very successful doctors, nurses, accountants, etc. And those who stayed are just as prominent.

In 2010, the Pampanga High School Student government installs ID Scanners to monitor the attendance of all the Students and faculties of Pampanga HIgh School. It is one of the Public Schools who use this kind of system.

Noted alumni

  • President Diosdado P. Macapagal
  • Oscar Samson Rodriguez
    Oscar Samson Rodriguez
    ----Oscar S. Rodriguez is the incumbent mayor of San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippines. He was formerly a member of Lakas-Kampi-CMD but switched to Liberal Party during the 2010 Philippine general elections....

    , Mayor of City of San Fernando, Pampanga
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