Overview

Okayama Prefectural Tsuyama High School (岡山県立津山高等学校) is located in the center of Tsuyama City in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture, Japan. We have 716 students and have two courses: the General Course and the Science and Mathematics Course. Most of the students come from Tsuyama City and its surrounding areas and some live in the school dormitory. Almost all of the students are aiming to enter university after graduation. They are now working hard on both studies and extracurricular activities for their future careers.

Number of Students

(1) Number of Classes

Full-Time 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year Total
General Course 5 5 5 15
Humanities (3) (3) (6)
Science (2) (2) (4)
Science and Mathematics Course 1 1 1 3
Total 6 6 6 18

(2) Prescribed Number of Students

Full-Time 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year Total
General Course 200 200 200 600
Science and Mathematics Course 40 40 40 120
Total 240 240 240 720

History

Tsuyama High School has a more than 120-year old history. It was first established as jinjyo-chugakko (traditional Japanese education-system junior high school) in 1895. In 1948, after undergoing several changes in its names as well as its organizational and educational systems, the school was founded with the present school name at the current site. In 1995, the centennial anniversary of the school's foundation was celebrated and the main school building was designated as an important national cultural property. The other school buildings were rebuilt between 1995 and 1998. In 2015, Okayama Prefectural Tsuyama Junior High School was established in the same place.

The school boasts over 40,000 graduates, who have been successful nationally and internationally in various fields such as politics, business, industry, education, and medical service.

School Motto and Spirits

The school motto is "畏天敬人"(I-ten Kei-jin). "I-ten" means that since you cannot understand all the mechanisms of nature, you should behave in conformity with and awe of natural providence. That is, you should be humble, not arrogant. "Kei-jin" means that you should learn to be modest and respect yourself and others. In other words, you should improve your self-esteem and be kind to others around you.

In addition to the school motto, the school's spirits have been passed down from the time of its foundation. First, there is "文武両道" (Bun-bu Ryodo), which means to work diligently on both studies and extracurricular activities. Second, we have "質実剛健" (Shitsu-jitsu Goken), which means to be a simple and sturdy person who has inner fortitude.

Goals

  • To nurture students to become leaders who can take initiative in local communities and contribute to global society
  • To help students become strong enough to take on difficult challenges through earnest efforts
  • To develop students who are physically and mentally sound and are emotionally rich
  • To instill students with 'Vision', 'Grit', and the 'Research Mind'

School Festival, "Izayoi-Sai" (十六夜祭)

Club Activities

The school encourages the students to take part in club activities. We have 14 sports clubs and 11 culture-related clubs.

Super Science High School (SSH)

The school was designated as a Super Science High School (SSH), which prioritizes science, technology, and mathematics, by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in the period between 2011 and 2016. The school has been collaborating with universities, museums, and other research institutions, and has developed advanced educational programs in the fields of natural science. In 2017, the school was again designated as an SSH for another five years in recognition of its great achievements in its first period.

After Graduation

The following table shows the number of students who have passed entrance examinations for the past three years.

2014 2015 2016
National and Public universities 136 160 153
Private universities 101 91 92
Two-year colleges 3 3 0
Others 35 24 24
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