The opening of the
Mountain Province High School was a big help to a growing need for a
Baguio based institution to accommodate the elementary graduates of
the city and nearby highland and lowland provinces. Classes were held
at teacher's camp and native girls from the provinces were housed at
the BUA dormitory, known today as the Pacdal Elementary school. Among
the pioneer teachers were Jesse L. Gains, principal, Juan Balagot,
Servillano Tumaneng, Pedro Balagot, Genoveva Llamas, Esperanza Ver,
Donato Guerzon, Grace Miller, Petra Ramirez, and Pillar Tan.
THE MPHS easily gained
national popularity in both academics and athletics. For several
years, it has the strongest baseball team in northern Luzon. Coach
Arthur McCann produced baseball champ pitcher Antonio Capulo who one
time pitched a non score game to northern Luzon teams. Juan Carantes
rates second best baseman in the whole country in those days.Antonio
Dimas, Eugene Pucay, Gilbert Songduan, Dibson Diwas, Braulio Caoili,
and Chakchakn Cois became legend in their time. The girls became
famous for their extensive lace making and native weaving projects
that easily became popular among tourists. The graduates were added to
the institutional prestige for it had a high proficiency in both oral
and written English.
The MPHS was then served
by the succession of the following principals: Mr. Richard Patterson,
Mrs. Eldridge, and Mr. Paul Bramlett.
In 1937, the national
government transferred the financial responsibility of maintaining the
school to the city government that's why the name was changed to
Baguio City High School. Students of the normal course were
transferred to Trinidad Agricultural High School which became the
responsibility of the mountain province. The general secondary
curriculum transferred classes to the government center. In the same
year the school squatted at the present site of the Baguio government
center until world war two broke out in 1941. Classes continued during
the Japanese occupation at the Quezon elementary school, when the
classes were disrupted by the initial occupation and liberation
battles. In 1945, the BCHS admitted students at the Vallejo hotel,
moving back to Teacher's camp in the second semester of the year.
Several mayors worked for
the permanent site of the BCHS building. Luis Torres succeeded in
establishing the fact that the ex-governor Blanco's place was the
property of local government and not the national government property.
Mayor Gil Mallare made every effort to the approval of the site as
permanent house of BCHS. He secured P 180,000 loan from the
Rehabilitation Financing Corporation to start the construction of the
building on September 20, 1953.
The Parent Teachers'
Association continued to ask for the permanent site of BCHS headed by
the PTA president Rufino Bueno who served from 1948-1958. The present
site of the school was segregated from Burnham park reservation on
June 27, 1953 under proclamation No. 401 that awarded BCHS 11,840
square meters of land. Construction began under the administration of
mayor Benito Lopez and finished during the term of manor Alfonso
Tabora with additional expenses of P40,000 to finish the right wing of
the main building. Inauguration rites were held on October 24, 1954,
the school foundation day.
Hall renovations were
made over the years in the main building to accommodate the ever
increasing population. In 1964, a home economics building was
constructed, followed by the vocational building. In 1985, the
Economic support fund building was constructed under the financial
support of the USAID.
In 1972, the science
section as special classes opened, but was discontinued after two
years due to the implementation of the revised secondary curriculum.
It was reopened in 1984 with the efforts of class 1958 alumni, the
city council, the school administration. This was accomplished through
strong support and continuous follow up efforts of then Councilor Bert
Floresca as member of the committee on education and that time
president of the Alumni Association. At present there are fourteen
classes in the special class. In 1995, two buildings were constructed
by the permanent home of the special classes. The students in these
classes are receiving P200.00 as monthly stipend from the city
In 1960's Annex high
school for the first and second year students had to be opened to
accommodate the increasing population. In 1968, annex high schools
were opened at Baguio Central; school, Dona Aurora, Loakan, Bonifacio,
and Rizal Elementary school and other annexes were also opened in the
following years in Quirino Elementary school, at Irisan and later Sto.
Tomas and Quezon Hill. The number of students kept on growing both in
Baguio City high school main and its annexes that by 1980,
School had to be separated as another city funded school carrying the
new name Pines City High School. In 1981, four year levels in Loakan
annex were created and followed by other annexes.
The Baguio City High
School is now called Baguio City National High School with a student
population of over 10,844 as of April 2001. it has 8 annexes, seven of
which have complete year levels; and with 339 faculty members and
The year 1997 proved to
be another success. BCNHS won in the search for the Most Outstanding
Female Public Secondary Principal in the person of Dr, Elma Donaal who
represented CAR in the national level this year sponsored by AVON in
coordination with the DECS. Another feather was added to the school's
cap for an award being drug free and fraternity free school.
Baguio City National High
School at 83 years has not diminished in its speed growth. Lots of
contests being joined by the students were all fruitful because the
school is consistently a winner in both academics and athletics. When
the school was on its boom, 5 top general of the country, hundreds of
presidents and heads of offices in all fields of endeavour had
represented the school nationally and international during discussion
in the different areas in the field of education both from its
teachers and students.
Baguio City High
School has several principals who served with dedication. They are:
Mrs. Beula Head
Mr. Pablo Reyes
Mr. Gregorio Ariz
Dr. Florencio Buen
Dr. Lolita B.
Dr. Philip M.
Dr. Elma D. Donaal