UNO High School – Realization of a Dream.

Uno High School is the realization of Don Domingo Yu Chu’s lifetime dream. In his late middle age, a prominent Filipino businessman and philanthropist of Chinese ancestry, he envisioned founding a school to educate the youth. In his opinion, he would be doing his bit in contributing to the molding of the youth into better citizens of the country. He saw a school that will be a place where pupils can acquire a keen understanding of values and a vivid sense of the beautiful and morally good. Thus, in June of 1960, the school became operational emphasizing on the following: (1) strict discipline and proper conduct, (2) academic excellence, and (3) charity.

Etymology and Symbolism.

The name Uno High School was chosen because it denotes a school of quality, that is, Numero Uno. The logo of Uno High School consists of the symbol for mei hua, the national flower of China. an imageThis flower is a symbol of endurance for hardships and resilience in times of trials, since this flower can endure wintertime, during which it ironically blooms in abundance.

The triangle represents the three facets of Uno High School ‘s mission, namely, (1) self-discipline, (2) academic and leadership, (3) charity. The Chinese name of the school is printed in the center Shang I, which means one and hence, the name Uno High School . Above the logo is the complete name of the school, Shang Yi Zhong Xue, and below the logo is the English name, Uno High School . The school colors are blue and white, blue for the dignity of purpose which students are taught to live for and white for the virtues of kindness, gentility, and diligence infused into their hearts.

Vision Statement.

Uno High School is an institution renowned for education professionals who work harmoniously toward the goal of producing responsible and productive community leaders by equipping them with essential skills, knowledge, and values. It is a place conducive to holistic learning for the student of the 21st century and a venue where teachers and parents work hand in hand.

Mission Objectives.

  • To inculcate in students desirable moral and social values within a constructive environment in order that they may contribute positively to society
  • To promote in students a positive self-image by developing their social, communication and leadership skills
  • To nurture and reinforce in students positive work ethics so as to enable them to strive for the highest possible standard for themselves in their personal and public lives
  • To promote the holistic development of students by providing a well-balanced education
  • To foster lifelong love for and pride in learning among teachers and students

Uno High School’s Founder.

Uno High School is the realization of Don Domingo Yu Chu’s lifetime dream. In his late middle age, a prominent Filipino businessman and philanthropist of Chinese ancestry, he envisioned founding a school to educate the youth.

In his opinion, he would be doing his bit in contributing to the molding of the youth into better citizens of the country. He saw a school that will be a place where pupils can acquire a keen understanding of values and a vivid sense of the beautiful and morally good. Thus, in June of 1960, the school became operational emphasizing on the following: (1) strict discipline and proper conduct, (2) academic excellence, and (3) charity.

Dr. Jose Yu Siek Pong.

Dr. Jose Yu Siek Pong (Dec. 12, 1925 – June 26, 1997) gave up a brilliant career as a cardiologist to devote himself to a lifetime of educating young people and spurring them on to meaningful lives

Taking upon himself the monumental task of fulfilling his father’s dream, Dr. Yu became the indefatigable principal of Uno for more than thirty years. It is his spirit and philosophy that have shaped the dynamics of Uno High School. Although he was a strict disciplinarian, his determination to know all his students and his unfailing concern for their welfare have earned him not only the respect and awe of all Uneans but their love as well. He was a papal awardee.

(Pro Ecclesia Et. Pontifice) on December 2, 1989 . He was also selected outstanding alumnus of UST in the field of education and humanitarian service on August 21, 1983 , outstanding alumnus of San Beda College in the field of education on November 29, 1986 , and outstanding principal on July 11, 1992.

Achievements.

During the first year of the school, the number of students was only 486 but has since risen to more than a thousand. The increase in enrollment has been limited because the school emphasizes quality and not quantity.

The community is aware that the school, in its fifty years of operation, has steadfastly tried to maintain high standards of discipline and instruction. The graduates of the school have gone to the best colleges and universities in and outside the Philippines and have records of exemplary conduct and high scholastic performance. The graduates listed on the alumni roll of honors and congratulatory letters from the deans of the different colleges can attest to the school’s academic achievements. Through the years, the school has excelled in mathematical, oratorical, elocution, literary, and athletic competitions among the schools in Metro Manila. The yearly general average of the NSAT and NEAT has always placed the school as one of the leading schools in Metro Manila.