Nada High School

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Nada High School
Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
HeadmasterMagohiro Wada
Enrollment220 per grade (180 are from Nada Junior High School, the affiliate school of Nada High School)

Nada High School (灘高校), is the highest-ranked, private, college-preparatory, boys school located in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Nada High School is well known for its severe entrance examination[1][2] and superior education especially in sciences. Nada High School has sent the largest number of its students to The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and other top-tier medical universities in Japan.[3] Nada High School also sends its graduates to prestigious universities abroad (Harvard University, The University of Chicago, Princeton University, Cornell University, Washington University, etc.)

Nada High School offers courses in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Ethics, Political Science, Economics, and a range of electives. In addition, the school offers a concentration program in Judo. The Judo class during freshman year are intended to commemorate the founder of the school, Kanō Jigorō.

Nada High School also offers a range of extracurricular activities, including thirty-six interscholastic teams in sports, academic clubs, and student-run publications.[4]

Ranking and Reputation[edit]

Every year, Nada High School receives over 140 applications for 40 Class positions. A considerable number of students from Tokyo and Kyushu attempt Nada's entrance examination to see how they are.[2] The Nada ranks number one amongst private high schools in Japan.[1]

Nada High School completes the national curriculum by junior year. The last year is devoted to intense review and preparation for the university entrance exam.[2][5] Nada High School excels especially in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Students of Nada High School often receive Gold Medals for international science olympiads. In total they have won 8 Gold Medals in international science olympiads.[6][7] Many alumni of Nada High School succeeded as scholars including Ryōji Noyori, a Nobel laureate of Chemistry in 2001. Nada High School has traditionally created many well-known writers as well, including Shusaku Endo, Ramo Nakajima, Genichiro Takahashi etc.

School regulations are minimal. There are no school uniforms and no rules regarding possessions since the 1970s, when students mobilized themselves to protest against such rules.[2]

Nada Junior High School[edit]

Nada Junior High School is the affiliate school of Nada High School. It has 180 students per grade, and these students go Nada High School unconditionally after they graduate Nada Junior High School.

Nada Junior High School is known as well as Nada High School for its severe entrance exam. Every year, Nada Junior High School receives more than 500 applications.

The curriculum of Nada Junior High School is continuous to that of Nada High School, and students of Nada Junior High School are usually taught by the same teachers for 6 years from their entrance of Nada Junior High School to their graduation of Nada High School.

Nada High School and Nada Junior High School are located in the same site and share many facilities. Many of club activities (except sport teams) are for both high school students and junior high school students, and the student government is also unified. So it can be said that students from Nada Junior High School go to the same school for 6 years.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1] [2] ranking of Japan High Schools
  2. ^ a b c d Okano, Tsuchiya, "Education in Contemporary Japan", Cambridge, 1999 (ISBN 0521626862 )
  3. ^ [3] ranking of enrollments in the faculties of medicine in 2005
  4. ^ [4] Nada's extracurricular activities
  5. ^ Rohlen, "Japan's High Schools", University of California Press, 1983 (ISBN 0520048636 )
  6. ^ [5] record of Japanese students in International Mathematical Olympiad
  7. ^ [6] record of Japanese students in International Physics Olympiad

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Coordinates: 34°43′9.1″N 135°16′6.3″E / 34.719194°N 135.268417°E / 34.719194; 135.268417