Musashi Junior and Senior High School
|Musashi Junior & Senior High School
Musashi Kōtōgakkō Chūgakkō
|Nerima, Tokyo, Japan|
It was founded in 1922 as Musashi High School, one of the first two schools using the old seven-year system, taking students up to the equivalent of the first two years of university in the current system. It became the prototype for modern integrated junior and senior high schools. From its foundation, it has always been in the first rank for university admissions, and despite having only eighty students in each year, it contested Tokyo High School for first place in admissions to Tokyo University. Furthermore, Musashi High is famous for its high student employment rates of 39%, 19% above the national average of 20%.
After the education reforms of 1948, it was divided into Musashi Senior High School and Musashi Junior High School. Musashi University was founded in 1949 and forms part of the same legal entity, however despite their physical closeness barely any of the High School's students go on to Musashi University after graduation.
It can be said to be the successor to the pre-war high school system. This can be seen in the way the students are treated as adults, with few school rules or dress codes, and the fact that students start learning a second foreign language in the junior high school.
Notable alumni include:
- Kenkichi Iwasawa (1917–1998) Mathematician
- Morikazu Toda (1917-2010) Physicist
- Kiichi Miyazawa (1919-2007) Prime Minister 1991–1993.
- Hiroshi Miyazawa (1921-) Minister of Justice
- Tsuneo Tamagawa (1925-) Mathematician
- Akito Arima (1930-) Physicist, Minister of Education 1998–1999.
- Ken Itō (1935-) Composer
- Hiroshi Hoketsu (1941-) Equestrian
- Isao Sasaki (1942-) Actor
- Tamio Kageyama (1947-1998) Novelist
- Takeaki Matsumoto (1959-) Politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- (Japanese) Official website