Brief History of Maryknoll High School of Panabo
A group of American Maryknoll sisters founded the school in 1960. Sr. Rhoda, the first principal named it St. Mary’s High School. Initially it started with four classrooms accommodating only 40 students. After a year, she was able to put up a two-storey building housing four classrooms, a library, a science laboratory, offices and the Sister’s Convent.
THE CHANGE OF NAME
On April 3, 1965 the school was renamed Maryknoll High School of Panabo, apparently in honor of its founding Maryknoll sisters, allowed under the provisions of the Corporation Code, Republic Act 1459. Sr. Corde Maria acted as principal. Additional classrooms and facilities were put up. It was during this time that the school earned a distinction of being the leading educational institution in Panabo known for its good academic instruction, firm discipline and sense of Christian values and leadership.
The Maryknoll sisters turned over the management of the school to the lay people with Mr. Pio Galagala appointed as principal. He made serious efforts in keeping up the reputation of the school. Improvement of the school’s facilities was his priority considering the enormous increase of the school population.
THE RETURN TO RELIGIOUS HAND
The school was handed back to a religious order, the Daughter of the Assumption with Sr. Ma. Aurelia Bardenas,fma as principal. In her time an annexed five-classroom building was constructed. A new canteen was also built connecting the main building. The science laboratory was renovated and additional library references were purchased.
THE TURN-OVER TO THE DOMINICAN ORDER
The first Dominican sister to become the principal was Sr. Ma. Virgilia Rivero, OP. She initiated the renovation of the old building, library, laboratory, faculty room and classrooms. A mini-auditorium and faculty dormitory were constructed. Kindergarten classes were opened as an initial step towards the opening of the Elementary Department.
SISTER LAU AS HEAD
Sr. Mary Laurencia Camayudo, OP took charge of the school replacing Sister Virgie. The new principal continued the expansion of the physical facilities of the school. A fifteen-room building was constructed to formally open a complete Elementary Department. This expansion gave impetus to the re-organization of management set-up, thus another principal was assigned to take care of the Elementary Department. To cope with the tremendous increase in enrolment the following school years, a two-storey new building was built in 1990 for the high school department with eleven classrooms, school offices, a bigger faculty room and a new library. The principal also allowed the faculty and staff to put up a cooperative store.
SISTER LOLIT AS PRINCIPAL
In 1992, Sr. Ma. Lolita Llaso, OP was appointed principal. She started an overall face-lifting of the school, literally painting the entire school campus with green; repairing the dilapidated building and classrooms; constructing drainage at the back and front of the elementary building; improving water facilities and comfort rooms and putting up spacious canteen and Home Economics building. The following year, the school population tremendously increased yielding to a total of 2,418 students and pupils, thus another two-storey building was constructed housing thirteen-classrooms with second floor convertible into a mini- auditorium. The science laboratory, school clinic and other offices were also improved. To keep abreast with modern technology, Sr. Lolit started the computer literacy program by initially purchasing twenty-five units of computer and another twenty-six units the next school year to ensure one student-one keyboard training. All of these units were linked in a network system. Overhead...
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