Pasay City West High School was established in 1949 and was originally named Manuel L. Quezon High School. It started its operation with nine teachers, a clerk, a janitor, and a principal to manage the institution. In 1952, through the resolution no. 145, Manuel L. Quezon High School was changed to Pasay City High School.
The first year of operation was a resounding success that in the next two school years, enrolment increased by almost 100%. The city officials led by the late Mayor Carlos Revilla raised funds from various sources for the hiring of more teachers and for the purchase of lot along F.B Harrison Street. In August 1952, the building was inaugurated with then Vice President Fernando J. Lopez as the guest speaker.
Mr. Bernardo A. Fajardo, the first Principal who successfully led the school to programs and prominence retired on August 16, 1967. Ms. Anita H. Pizzaro, the Assistant Principal took the helm of the leadership. As the years go by, classrooms were added, more teachers were hired and facilities were improved. More than what was expected, a big number of students enrolled causing congestion, thus the birth of annexes: Pasay City East High School in Malibay District, and Pasay City South High School in Nichols Air Base now Villamor Air Base. After a year, the two annexes became independent. So for the second time, Pasay City High School was renamed as Pasay City West High School.
At present, the school has sustained its glory as the leader school in Pasay City public secondary schools. Pasay City West High School, 65 years after is stronger and more dynamic in fulfilling its mission and providing quality education.
Pasay City West High School was originally named Manuel L. Quezon High School. It started operation with nine teachers, a clerk, a janitor and a principal to manage, administer and supervise the institution.
In its opening year, 234 youth of different ages from Pasay City enrolled. They attended classes from 7:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon in an old building divided into nine classrooms. Meanwhile, because many other schools were named after the late President Manuel L. Quezon, the school officials proposed to the city council to change the name of the institution. So, in 1952 through resolution No. 145, Manuel L. Quezon High School was renamed Pasay City High School.
(A nostalgic class picture from Batch 1976 taken at the back of the Main Building with Mrs. Anita H. Pizarro as the Principal, while the other picture was with Dr. Vivencio Mendoza in the ‘90s and a graduation picture)
The first year of operation was a resounding success that in the next two school years, enrolment increased by almost 100%, this time students coming not only from Pasay City but also from the neighboring city of Manila and municipalities of Makati, Parañaque, Taguig, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa.
The rise in the number of enrollees had caused two major problems- who will teach the students and where to accommodate them. But the city officials led by the late Mayor Carlos Revilla were undaunted. They raised funds from various sources for the hiring of more mentors and for the purchase of a 10,292 square-meter lot along F.B. Harrison Street. One year after, a 23-room school house stood imposingly in the piece of land acquired. And on August 25, l952, the building was inaugurated with then Vice President Fernando J. Lopez as guest speaker.
On the new site, one by one buildings rose-all through the initiative of Mr. Bernardo A. Fajardo, the first principal and the support of the city officials led by the late Hon. Pablo Cuneta, city mayor. Some were destroyed by natural calamities while others were damaged by the rust and dust of time. But each ruined one was promptly repaired to keep holding of classes uninterrupted.
After eighteen years of leading the school successfully to progress and prominence, Mr. Fajardo retired on August l6, l967. Mrs. Anita H. Pizzaro, the assistant principal took the helm of leadership where the predecessor left.
As the new principal, Mrs. Pizarro strived even harder for the school to reach new heights. Classrooms were added, teachers were hired and facilities were acquired and installed. But more than what was expected a big number of students enrolled causing congestion in the school and paused a bigger problem once more. Each problem however to the minds of the school administrators and city officials, has a solution.
Wasting no time, they agreed to put up annexes. Thus, the birth of Pasay City East High School in Malibay District and Pasay City South High School in Nichols Air Base, now, Villamor Air Base. After a year, the two annexes became independent so for the second time, Pasay City High School was renamed. Pasay City High School was officially named Pasay City West High School.
Mrs. Pizzaro ably stirred the school to fame and glory. She raised the level of professionalism of teachers and school personnel, developed the culture of good discipline among students and promoted goodwill to the city government officials and to the leaders of various organizations in the city and neighboring municipalities. She left the school with many legacies to be proud of for a more challenging assignment- as assistant superintendent of the schools division of Cavite City.
Mrs. Maura U. Sevilla took over the leadership. She continued the programs initiated by Mrs. Pizzarro. She also undertook various projects, all for the benefits of the teachers and students. Meanwhile, the school’s enrolment reached the 3,000 level. This is despite of the proximity of the school’s location to other secondary educational institutions. Mrs. Sevilla reached retirement age on November 29, 1988. Mrs. Antonia V. Santos then Assistant Principal, took over as OIC-Principal.
Mrs. Santos served for only six months but her impact was greatly felt. She initiated the clean and green project, revived the culture of punctuality among teachers and personnel and changed the study habits of the students. It was during her time when the school led in cleanliness, discipline of students, professionalism of teachers and proudly, in academic excellence.
A new Principal Mr. Felix A. Balbaguio was installed as fourth principal on July 1989. He served only up to July 1991 but in two year-time, he had shown through his deeds the example of an honest government official.
Dr. Vivencio Q. Mendoza was the next principal. He led the school up to July 26, 1997. His six-year stay was also worth remembering. He improved the facilities of the school and face lifted the buildings through repainting of walls and installing of grills on the windows and corridors.
Dr. Mendoza was promoted to assistant superintendent in the Schools Division of Palawan province. The next day he left, Mrs. Aracelli T. Chua, the principal of Pasay City East High School took his place. She stayed until May 31, 1998 leaving a legacy of friendliness to her subordinates and discipline to the students.
June 1, 1998, Mr. Nancy D. Flores, principal of Pasay City South High School transferred to replace Mrs. Chua. Like the previous principals, she left a legacy of her own. She organized the ANKLUNG Ensemble and procured costumes for the school’s cultural performers. She transferred back to Pasay City South High School after four years of serving Pasay City West High School.
Dr. Jeremias Pascual, principal of Pasay City North High School replaced Mrs. Flores. A man of courage and dedication, he worked for unity and cooperation of teachers and school personnel. He retired on January 16, 2004, Mrs. Lourdes G. Garrido, the English Department Head, was assigned as OIC principal.
Mrs. Garrido served for a short period of six months but her excellent leadership earned her a promotion. Not too long after, she was designated as OIC principal of Pasay City North High School, Annex and was promoted to permanent position.
Dr. Myrna M. Sarmiento became the tenth principal of the Pasay City West High School. Because of her dynamism and commitment to her position as a leader she was considered remarkable and an extraordinary principal. She retired on June 20, 2014.
Mrs. Lourdes G. Garrido took over the position after Dr. Sarmiento’s retirement. Like the other principals, she continued the programs and projects of the school with dedication and dynamism. She retired in February 2, 2015. After the retirement of Mrs. Garrido, Mrs. Rita Repoquit, a Head Teacher from the Social Studies Department was designated as OIC-Principal of the Pasay City West High School from February 3 to May 11, 2015.
On May 12, 2015, Dr. Myrna B. Gaza, the Principal of Pasay City East High School transferred to Pasay City West High School and became the 12thPrincipal of the school. An alumnae of the Pasay City West High School Batch’76, she is confronted with the challenges on the implementation of the Senior High School by SY 2016-2017.
After 65 years, Pasay City West High School is stronger and more dynamic in fulfilling its mission of providing quality education and other basic educational services. At present, the school aside from the Regular Program, offers four Special Programs namely the Special Science or Science and technology Education (STE) formerly known DOST Program; Special program in Foreign Language (SPFL) German, SPFL Mandarin, Open High School Program and Alternative Learning System (ALS) for the Out of School Youths.
Pasay City West High School remains to be the City’s premier secondary education institution, and it will continue to soar and fly. The school will continue to perform and achieve through teachers’ professionalism and competencies, exemplary in student knowledge, skills, discipline and values to attain academic excellence.