Manuel A. Roxas High School

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Manuel A. Roxas High School
Pres. Quirino Avenue, Paco
City of Manila
Established 1948
School district Five
Authority Department of Education (Philippines), Dep-Ed NCR, Division of City Schools-Manila
Principal Fernando B. Orines
Staff 185
Number of students Approximately 4,125
Medium of language English, Filipino
Campus type Urban
Slogan Bastion of strong Faith and Wisdom for God and Country
Nickname MARHS
Newspaper The Wheel and Ang Gulong

Manuel A. Roxas High School is a secondary (high) school located in Paco, Manila.[1] It is one of the six schools in Manila to provide the Special Science course for selected students.

The first building of Roxas High School was situated in Quezon Boulevard near Feati University. It was established in 1948 and is the first high school to be named after a former president, Manuel Acuna Roxas. [2]

Special Science[edit]

The establishment of the Special Science curriculum was spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology- Science Education Institute in the 1980s. [3] For the moment, support form DOST has been withdrawn and Special Science classes are maintained by the Division of City Schools in the implementing schools namely Manuel A. Roxas High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, Victorino Mapa High School, Arellano High School and Araullo High School, with the exception of Manila Science High School which is a recognized science high school.

To be eligible for the Special Science sections, applicants must have final elementary grades no lower than 85 in Science, Math and English and 83 in other subjects. They are subjected to examination which includes knowledge of Sciences and use of Abstract Reasoning.

They are provided with elective subjects to fulfill the aim of the program; that is to give the students good grounding in Science, as well as in other subject areas.

There are two Special Science sections in Roxas per year level.

The student body is headed by the Supreme Student Government with officers elected yearly.


The School has seven buildings - the Main (L-Shaped), Vocational, Maceda, Hizon, Home Economics, SEDP and Administration buildings and three makeshift structures, two of which are temporary.

The Main, Vocational, Macaeda and Hizon buildings house the academic subject classes. The H.E. building is now used by the Science and Technology Department. The SEDP building is where H.E. classes are held. One of the two Guidance offices, the Museum, and EMIS office occupy the Administration, Marcos-type, building.

As of June 2006, the Main building, which is the most used, was declared "condemned" and unfit for use. [4] This was explained by the impact of the 1990 earthquake that hit Manila. After the declaration, the school was forced to squeeze schedules and rooms. This called for 13 makeshift rooms.

On February 22, 2008 President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the groundbreaking for the PHP 220 million 4-storey building to replace the old structure. Also present in the event were Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante and 5th District Rep. Amado Bagatsing and Education Secretary Jesli Lapus. [5]

The completed first phase of the Main Building is now in use.

Martsa Roxas (Roxas March)[edit]

Music and Lyrics by:
Filipino translation by:

Sama-sama tayong tumulong;
Itaguyod paaralang mahal;
Igalang siyang batis ng dunong;
Paaralan nating Roxas Haiskul;
Batiin natin siya ng "Mabuhay"
Umawit nang taimtim at dingal;
Ipagbunyi ka, Roxas Haiskul,
Alma Mater naming hirang

Roxas Haiskul, ang aming hangad
Demokrasya magpakailanman;
Ipagpatuloy ang kadakilaan mo.
Gumawa nang tapat at nang buong puso.
Aming Roxas, kami'y nagagalak,
Para sa iyo'y pag-ibig na wagas;
Maglilingkod tayo sa Inang Bayan
Ipanalangin sa Maykapal