History

Sometime in 1934, the Kuo-Min-Tang (Bacolod Chapter), the Negros Occidental Chamber of Commerce, and the Fil-Sinc Organization, joined in establishing a Chinese school in Bacolod City. Chinese parents and community leaders had long felt the need for an educational institution where the children of the Chinese community could learn not only the rudiments of English studies, but also the arts and culture of the land of their ancestors.

TAY TUNG, meaning “equality for all, whether rich or poor, regardless of race, creed, and religion”, was chosen as the name of the school. This noble concept was greatly emphasized by Confucius and, appropriately, Tay Tung has for its Founder’s Day the date when that well-known sage was born on the 28th of September. The office of the Kuo- Min-Tang at Smith Street served as the first location of the school.

Mr. UY KONG HAN (1934-1939) was the first Principal of 17 enrolled students. Due to financial instability during the early years, there was a time when the school was forced to close its operation. Five years later, in 1939, the organizers were able to raise funds with which to buy a 2,645 square lot at Luzuriaga Street. Here, the school building, library and other school facilities were constructed.

With improved school facilities, more students enrolled under Mr. CHUANG CHAI CHZONG (1939- 1941). Unfortunately, when the Second World War broke out in the latter part of 1941, the school operation was suspended.

After the war in 1945, the school resumed operation with Mr. KHO.SIAK HI (1945-1946), the principal of Silay Puey Ching School, as concurrent Tay Tung Principal, and with Mr. Gil T. Severino as the School Head of the English Department (1945-1964). Mr. KHO SIAK HI resigned the following year.

Mr. SHIM CHI KONG (1946-1948), the school supervisor, was then elevated to the position of Principal, but he left for China in 1948.

As new Principal, Mr. ROBERT YU (1948-1953) helped in the expansion of our school building. In the summer of 1950, the high school curriculum was added to the school offering.

In 1951, a two hectares lot in Libertad Street, the present site of the school, was acquired.

Mr. YAO E. CHING (1953-1954), recognized the educational system.
Professor JEN TAI (1954-1955) succeeded Mr. Ching.
Mr. SHIM CHI KONG (1955-1961) offered 6 years for Chinese studies in the Secondary Level.
Mr. CUA SIOK PO (1961-1962)
Mr. ONG BI CHEONG (1962-1968) took over as Principal in 1962.
Mr. YU AN SUN (1968-1970), He was the first Tay Tung Alumnus to serve as principal.
Mr. BENITO O. MESINA (1970-1974), included sports and cultural activities to complete the curriculum.
Mr. YU AN SUN (1974-1975), returned to head the school and served
Dr. WILLIAM HSIEH(1975-1976) acted as principal for only 1 year.

 

MISS LUZ V. NAVARRA (1976-1979), a newly retired public school supervisor, was hired by the Board of Trustees to be the Academic Director for a three-year term. Without a Principal, the Academic Affairs Committee (1976-1979), composed of five members namely: Mr. ALFONSO LUIS G. TAN, Mr. JOSE GO, Mr. MANUEL ALBAY, Mr. CESAR YULO CHUA, and Mr. JUANITO R. LEONG, managed the affairs of the school with Miss Navarra.

After Miss Navarra’s term, the committee, with yearly alternating chairpersons, namely, Mr. ALFONSO LUIS G. TAN (1979-1980) and Mr. JOSE GO (1979-1980), continued to administer the school operation for another school year; with its Executive Secretary, Miss LEU LITA L. CU, performing the duties of a principal.

Miss LEU LITA L. CU (1980-1986) was appointed Principal for five years. During Miss Cu’s administration, the standard of the school had been uplifted. She had helped in the formulation of the rules and regulations of the school, the standardization of the teachers’ salaries and in the improvement of the standard of teaching by encouraging her faculty force to go back to school and study. It was also in Ms. Cu's time, in 1984, wherein the school's 50th Golden Anniversary Celebration was successfully celebrated.

Mrs. ERLINDA T. LEONARDO (1986-1997) - During her administration, Chinese education was given more importance. Speech subject had been added to both High School and Elementary Chinese Curriculum which prompted the administration to add saturday morning classes.

In 1998, Mrs. EMELITA M. CHEN (1998-2001), an alumna, was named Principal with Mr. Dy Kian Kun as the Academic Affairs Chairperson. Even up to her time, Mrs. Chen served with the vision and commitment of improving classroom management and other teaching-learning strategies.

In Second Semester of 2001, Mrs. DY KIAN BEE (2001-2004), an alumna, Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee SY 2002 and Member of the Board of Trustees of the school, guided the school affairs. In the following school year, Mrs. Dy accepted the offer and became the next principal. Her primary thrust was to make the Bacolod Tay Tung High School educational program more relevant and effective in meeting the needs of the learners. It is during her term when the Chiao Kuang Educational Center (2002), the new Pre-school Building (2004), the renovation of Home Economics offices and classrooms were constructed.

Mrs. MA.VICTORIA T. AVANCE (2004-2006) was appointed Principal with Mr. JOHN WEI KUN TSAI (Chinese Studies Consultant in SY 2003-2005; Assistant Principal in SY 2005-2006). 

For three years, the Board of Trustees through the 3-Man Administrative Committee (2006-2009) composed of Mr. ANDRES S. VALENCIA (President – Board of Trustees); Mr. EUSEBIO W. PO (BOT Chairman- Academic Affairs Committee); Mrs. DY KIAN BEE (BOT Administrative Director and Former Principal) administered the school with Dr. MARY JANE C. UY (Educational Consultant).

Last September of 2008, Mrs. NILDA M. MONGE (2008-present) was installed as the new Principal of the school. At present, she pursued the new paradigm of change that will strengthen BTTHS, and ensure that the school will continue its relevance to its stakeholders and the community at large.

On June 1, 2013, ISABELITA T. PERIGUA, Ph.D. took over as the new school principal. She aligned all educational policies and school activities for the full implementation of the K to 12 Enhanced Basic Education of 2013 of Republic Ac 10533. WIth the approval and support of the Board of Trustees, she is now preparing for the implementation of Senior High School curriculum, PAASCU accreditation and upgrading the school services. Under her administration, Bacolod Tay Tung High School, Inc. was certified by GASTPE/FAPE of which Grade 7 students shall be the recipients of this government grant up to Senior High School.

Together with the Board of Trustees, Teachers and Staff, the new administration aims to enhance the lives of Tay Tung students, to help them grow and succeed using the vision and mission of the school as the guiding torch in achieving its goals.