Saint Stephen's High School

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St. Stephen's High School
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Established July 22, 1917
Affiliation Association of Chinese-Filipino Schools in the Philippines
Association of Christian Schools International
Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities - Accrediting Agency Inc
Principal Manuales
Chaplain Rev. Dr. Patrick Tanhuanco
Location 1267 Guillermo Masangkay St., Sta. Cruz, Binondo Manila,
Manila, Philippines
Saint Stephen's High School
Chinese 聖公會中學
Hanyu Pinyin Shènggōnghuì Zhōngxué
Saint Stephen High School
Traditional Chinese 聖公會中學
Simplified Chinese 圣公会中学
Hanyu Pinyin Shènggōnghuì Zhōngxué

St. Stephen's High School, an Episcopalian school, is situated in the Binondo district of Manila. It is one of the major Chinese Filipino schools in Manila. The school offers courses of study from Pre-Nursery to Grade 12.

Originally known as St. Stephen's Girl's School, it was founded on July 22, 1917 by St. Stephen's Mission composed of the Rector and the Chinese members of the church. The school expanded from its initial elementary academic programs to include Kindergarten classes, Chinese Junior High, Chinese Senior High and English High School curricula. It became coeducational in 1945. At present, it is recognized by the Philippine Government as a Chinese-Filipino School offering English, Filipino and Chinese subjects in the Preschool, Elementary and High School Departments. The school is an accredited school of Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU-AAI).

The initial population of 19 has grown to a student population of more than three thousand. The entire school campus has an area of 2.1 hectares. The 5-storey High School Main Building was constructed and subsequently inaugurated in 1963. The 3-storey Elementary Building in 1969, High School Annex Building in 1982, the 5-storey Elementary Main Building was constructed in 1992, the 3-storey Kindergarten Building and an indoor gymnasium in 1994. Aside from the classrooms, the school has modern facilities like The Auditorium, Stephenian Hall (a multi-purpose hall), Nancy L. Yao Library, Electronic Research Center, Speech Laboratory, Wai Ling Tan Audio-Visual Center, Guidance and Counseling Center, Science Laboratories, Journalism Room, Typing Room, Home Economics Room, Clinic, Scout Center, 4 Computer Laboratories, Music Room, Practical Arts Room, the CSG Gymnasium, Indoor and Outdoor Playground, and the Jimmy Go Swimming Pool.

The school has varsity teams in swimming, track and field, volleyball, table tennis and basketball. The school hosted the 37th Season of the Women's National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) with the theme "Victory Beyond Competition ."

The school is a venue for inter-school activities and competitions. The Stephenian Math Society hosts the Lord of the Math Inter-school Competition annually at the Stephenian Hall. The school has served as host school for training sessions held by the Mathematics Trainers' Guild, or MTG, for several years already.

The school celebrated its historic 90th founding anniversary on July 22, 2007 with the theme "God's Glory with Exceeding Joy!"  In celebration, the school held the 1st Inter-school Extemporaneous Speech Competition, the 1st Earth Science Quiz, and three concerts: namely, a concert in cooperation with the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines entitled "An Evening of Praise," featuring the Heavenly Melody Singers from Taiwan; a Thanksgiving concert entitled "Images of Christ" in November 2007, directed by New York-based conductor Celia Yu Ong and famed director Chinggoy Alonso; and the Thanksgiving marimba concert, featuring alumnus Johnny Yu, Prof. Raul Sunico of the UST Conservatory of Music.


Preceded by
Wisdom School (Manila)
January 1917
Oldest Chinese School in the Philippines
July 22, 1917
Succeeded by
Philippine Scholastic Academy
(as Annex of Anglo-Chinese School)
August 7, 1917

Coordinates: 14°36′31.06″N 120°58′40.22″E / 14.6086278°N 120.9778389°E / 14.6086278; 120.9778389