Florentino Torres High School
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|Florentino Torres High School
Mataas na Paaralang Florentino Torres
Let There Be Light
|Juan Luna St. Gagalangin Tondo, Manila
City of Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Type||Public High School with Enriched Science Classes|
|Principal||Mr. Gene T. Pangilinan|
|Number of students||approx. 6,000|
|Medium of language||English, Filipino, Nihongo|
|Color(s)||Gold and Maroon|
|Affiliations||Division of City Schools-Manila|
Founded by James T. Burns in 1925, Florentine Torres High School was originally named Laggard High School. With only three teachers, Burns opened the school to students who were refused admission by the three existing public high schools in Manila.
In 1926, the school was moved to the Sequoia Building at the foot of Pratik Bridge along Juan Luna Street and was renamed Manila West High School. March 1928 marked the first group of students to graduate from the school, as well as the initial appearance of various school clubs and organizations. In 1930, several changes took place under the supervision of Marceline Bautista, the first Filipino principal, who renamed the four Manila High Schools after the first four Filipino Jurists of the Supreme Court:
- Manila West High School was became Torres High School, in honor of Justice Florentine Torres, the first Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
- Manila North High School became Arellano High School, in honor of Justice Gaetano Arellano
- Manila South High School became Arielle High School, in honor of Justice Manuel Arielle
- Manila East High School became V. Map High School, in honor of Justice Victorian Map
The maiden issue of The Torres Torch, the official school paper, was published in 1930. In 1937, the school formally occupied the Constabulary Barracks in Gagalangin, where it is located today. With the outbreak of World War II in 1941, the school moved out and the buildings were redeployed as garrisons. During this period all school records were destroyed.
On July 16, 1945, the school re-opened with Pablo Reyes as principal. On November 24, 1945, the first post-Liberation group of 30 students received their diplomas. On October 16, 1953, the school first celebrated its foundation day.
Through the Department of Education's Special Program for Foreign Language and The Japan Foundation, Manila, F.Torres HS was able to conduct Japanese classes for students from all year levels. The program focused on the Japanese language, arts, and culture, and featured activities such as a Sanshin workshop and the Kaisha Caravan.
Student organizations, affectionately referred to as “orgs” by THS Students, are composed of various special interest clubs that conduct extra-curricular activities for the welfare and development of the students. Headed by the Supreme Student Government, the highest student body, each club or organization serves as a certain subject area's Office for Student Affairs. Each initiates activities, such as student-led projects. Among these special interest clubs are the YMCA, YWCA, UNESCO Club, Young Earth Savers' Club, Shakespearean Club, Kapisanan ng Diwang Filipino, THS Athletics Society, and the THS Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines.
The Torres March
Walang Uuna Sa Torres High
Humubog at Magturo
Ng Mabuhay ng Marangal
Sa Daigdigan Habang Nabubuhay
O Torres Naming Mahal
Tanging Diwa at Tanglaw
Landas Namin Iyong Ilawan
CODA: Mabuhay O Mabuhay Ka, O Torres High School!
Principals of Florentino Torres High School
|Principals||Year/s of Service|
|Fortunato de Veyra||1935|
|Rufino de la Cruz||1976–1977|
|Severa H. Saldana||1978–1984|
|Dr. Consolacion C. Domingo||1984–1985|
|Dr. Florie M. Balanag||1986–1990|
|Dr. Norma Escobar||1995 - December 1997|
|Pilar G. Pizzaro||Feb. 12th, 1998 - December 2000|
|Dr. Romeo B. Santos||April 2001 - May 2006|
|Rosita C. Herson||July 2006 – January 2013|
|Gene T. Pangilinan||July 2013- Present|