YHSS celebrates 50 Years
One of the oldest schools in Bhutan, Yangchenphu Higher Secondary School (YHSS) is celebrating its Golden Jubilee.
The celebration kicked off last Monday which was graced by the princesses. The event is held within the school campus which glowed with colours and filled with joys.
Students, teachers and alumni presented the event with dances, music, food and entertainment to the guests and the spectators.
Established in 1965 with 91 students as resident school, it was a started by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
His Majesty the King served as the school captain during his four and half years of stint at the school.
The principal of the school, Pema C Wangdi, said in her speech during the event, that the school also cherishes the schooling days of their royal highnesses Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and Dasho khamsum Singye Wangchuck.
The host of programmes kept the audience enthused which started with the school song ‘Gawai Yangchenphu’.
A series of commemorative events took place during the week ending the September. The school also staged a variety show which was the highlight of the celebration. History of YHSS Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School is considered the premiere school in Bhutan, leading in the nation in giving quality and wholesome education to its students. The school was started in 1965 by His Majesty the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
Speaking at the inauguration, the third kind prophesied the future success of the school, “I think our new beloved school is going to be one of the jewels of the future of Bhutan or at least we should make it one of the real jewels of the Thimphu valley.”
Initially the school started as a co-ed, residential school named Thimphu Public School, run on the pattern of Public schools in India. The school had classes from Kindergarten to four. The first batch of faculty included 6 teachers.
In the beginning of 1976, Thimphu Public School was renamed to Yangchenphug Central School; a decade later it became Yangchepnhug High School. In 2001, the institution was adorned with the new name Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School, which it now holds. This was part of the Education Ministry’s drive at categorisation of levels of schools.
In the 70s, the school had a strength of just over 250. During the early 90s the student number steadily rose to about 500, primarily consisting of resident students and a few day scholars. In 1994, Yangchengphug became a day school. To cope with the admission pressure and accommodate teeming number of students, hostel buildings were transformed to classrooms, abandoning the boarding traditions.
Today, the school is the largest school in the country with grades ranging from 9-12 and a total strength of over 1,500 students and close to 100 teachers and support staff.
The school has a record of producing fine citizens for the nation. Urban myth holds that almost 1 in 4 civil servants in the country belong to YHSS. For this reason, the school holds legendary reputation both within and outside the country.
Notable alumnus include His Majesty the King, princes and princesses, a host of ministers, secretaries and executives.