Taipei First Girls' High School

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Coordinates: 25°2′13.69″N 121°30′50.86″E / 25.0371361°N 121.5141278°E / 25.0371361; 121.5141278

Taipei First Girls' High School
Location
No. 165, Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei, Taiwan 10045, R.O.C.
Information
Type Public
Established 1904
Campus Urban
Color(s) Green
Website
Entrance to the school.

Taipei First Girls' High School[1] (臺北市立第一女子高級中學)) is a prestigious Taiwanese high school, located in Zhongzheng District within Taipei City, with only the top 1% of scorers on the Basic Competence Test for Junior High School Students (國民中學學生基本學力測驗)) receiving admission.

Overview[edit]

The school was founded in 1904 and named as Taihoku Prefectural Taihoku First Girls' High School (Japanese: 臺北州立臺北第一高等女學校) during Japan's colonial period. After the retrocession of Taiwan in 1945, the name was changed to Taiwan Provincial Taipei First Girls' High School (Chinese: 臺灣省立臺北第一女子中學) on December 12. In 1967, it was renamed to Taipei Municipal First Girls' Senior High School (Chinese: 臺北市立第一女子高級中學) due to Taipei City becoming a municipality. With its history stretching back over one hundred years, the school has had over 60,000 students. Currently, the school operates seventy-six classes and has over 3,000 students. In 2002, it was renamed to Taipei Municipal First Girls High School due to the bilingual project of school renaming in Taipei City.

The school's campus measures roughly 26,000 sq. metres, with a total of six main buildings - the oldest being Guang-Fu Building (Chinese: 光復樓), a three story structure built by the Japanese government in 1933. Other buildings include Ming-De Building (Chinese: 明德樓, completed 1954), Zhong-Zheng Building (Chinese: 中正樓, completed 1977), the Library (Demolished and rebuilt under the name of "Shue Chu Building"), the Activity Center (completed 1971), and Zhi-Shan Building (Chinese: 至善樓, completed in 1993).

The school is famous for the traditions it maintains, including a uniform of green shirt and black skirt/black trousers, carried over from air-raid days. The school has adopted various different policies regarding the traditional uniform over the decades, including incorporating pants, slacks and different jackets, yet it still keeps true to the tradition of the green shirt, which is recognized widely all across Taiwan. The green was initially used to distinguish the school from the Presidential Office (which was located directly across the street) during air raids. Every year on December 12, alumni all over the world, young and old, participate in the International Taipei First Girls' High School Uniform Day (全球北一制服日) and wear the green uniforms they once wore as students.

TFG has an acclaimed marching band, the Taipei First Girls' Marching Band (北一樂隊). This band consists of eighty members, primarily sophomores. The MB has repeatedly won first prize in the national wind music competition for senior and vocational high schools. It also has two counterparts: the Honor Guard (儀隊) and the Color Guard (旗隊). The students go through a rigorous training schedule and are known for their perseverance and resilience. These three organizations offer perform at national events, such as the annual National Day Parade and the 2009 Deaflympics. The TFG MBHGCG organizations have also ventured overseas, including performing in Singapore (1981), South Africa (1986), Beijing (1992), Nanjing (1992), Shanghai (1992), California's Rose Parade (1996), Edinburgh (1999), Glasgow (1999), Austria (2012), and France (2013).

Students at TFG are involved in a multitude of activities on campus. There are more than 50 student organizations and clubs within TFG including, but not limited to:

Student Autonomy
Student Council, TFG Ambassadors
Liberal Arts/Social Science-Related
Language Club, Debate Club, Library Club, English Study Club, Japanese Culture Club, Life Club, Investment Club, Humor Club, Youth Parliament
Science
Science Club, Biology Club, Informatics Club, Earth Sciences Club, Math Club, Brain Enhancement Club, Detective/Deduction Club
Arts
Drama Club, Photography Club, Sign Language Club, Comic Research Club, Bridge Club, Chess Club, Go Club, Magic Club, Hand Puppet Club, Film Club, Desserts ;Club, Art Club, School Magazine, Poets' Club
Music
String Orchestra, Traditional Music Ensemble, Choir, Harmonica Club, Classical Guitar Club, Pop Music Club, Rock Band, Music Creators' Club
Service
Scout Troop, Eco Club, Anti-drugs Club, Kidland Club, Love Forward Club
Dance
Dance Club, Aerobics Club, Breakdance Club, International Standard Dance Club, Lockin' Club
Sports
Taekwondo Club, Baseball Club, Basketball Club, Traditional Sports Club, Skateboard Club, Badminton Club
TFG MBHGCG
Marching Band, Honour Guards, Colour Guards

Features[edit]

Over the past few decades the school has endeavored to modernize its facilities. In 1971 a sports and assembly hall was constructed. In 1993 a new building was completed; Zhi-Chan. This five-storey building has a large observatory located on the roof with several telescopes therein. Within the brand new Shue Chu Library building are IT facilities together with abundant reading materials, audio-visual headsets and Internet access. Free Wifi Access is available throughout the school to facilitate mobile learning.

The school also encompasses an auditorium, conference rooms, a heated indoor swimming pool and a subterranean parking lot.

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