School History

Chung Cheng High School was founded in 1939 as an all boys’ school at 60 Kim Yan Road. The school was guided by its philosophy “Excellence in Education for All” and admitted students from different strata of society. With the Japanese invasion of Singapore in 1942, the school was forced to cease operation. The school resumed in 1945 after the Second World War and began to enroll female students.

The school achieved top honours among Singapore schools in the first National Examination in 1947. To accommodate the increase in student population, a 14-acre plot of land at Goodman Road was purchased for a new campus. This new campus became home to Chung Cheng High School (Main) while the original campus at Kim Yan Road housed Chung Cheng High School (Branch).

In 1979, the school was selected as one of the nine Special Assistance Plan (SAP) schools, offering both English and Chinese as first languages to students. This helped the school to strengthen its emphasis on bilingualism and serve as a catalyst to nurture bilingual and bicultural students for the nation.

In 1996, the school achieved Autonomous School status, giving the school the flexibility to innovate and enhance its school curriculum for its students. In 2005, the school was selected as the East Zone Centre of Excellence for Chinese to promote an appreciation and understanding of the Chinese history and culture through active sharing of resources and exchanges of expertise among practitioners.

Between 2010 to 2012, the school embarked on the MOE Programme for Rebuilding and Improving Existing Schools (PRIME) project. This saw an expansion of the school facilities which now support the school’s vibrant student population.

In 2014, the school celebrated its 75th school anniversary. In the same year, the school’s Entrance Arch and Administration Building (Zhulin Building) were gazetted as national monuments and officiated at a ceremony by Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

 

Principals

Name Year
Dr Chuang Chu Lin 1939 to 1957
Mr Shen Weilin 1957
Mr Wang Changzhi 1958 to 1959
Mr Liu Yuji 1960
Mr Lin Qi-yuan 1960
Mr Huang Fangkui 1961 to 1967
Mr Yao Fusen 1967
Mr Qiu Xinmin 1967 to 1974
Mr Xie Tian Shun 1974 to 1981
Mr Goh Seow Chew 1981 to 1995
Mr Yang Che Kay 1995 to 2000
Mr Yue Lip Sin 2000 to 2005
Mr Lo Chee Lin 2005 to 2011
Mr Pang Choon How 2011 to 2015
Mr Chan Ying Yin 2016 to present

 

School Milestones

1939 The inauguration ceremony of Chung Cheng High School on 30 April 1939. Sch History 01
1947 A panoramic view of Chung Cheng High School (Main) at Goodman Road in 1947. Sch History 02
1968 Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew officiated the opening of the Grand Auditorium on 21 July 1968. Sch History 03
1969 The中正人sculpture was officially unveiled by Minister for Education, Mr Ong Pang Boon on 30 June 1969 to celebrate the school’s 30th anniversary Sch History 04
1970 The Grand Auditorium overseeing the original Chung Cheng Lake. Sch History 05a
2003 The Chung Cheng Heritage Gallery was officially opened by Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office & Ministry of Community Development and Sports, Mr Chan Soo Sen on 6 July 2003. Sch History 06
2005 The school broke the Guinness World of Records for the longest can chain project on 1 July 2005, measuring 3005.54 metres. Sch History 07
2014 The school’s Entrance Arch and Administration Building (Zhulin Building) were gazetted as national monuments and officiated at a ceremony by Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong on 10 July 2014. Sch History 08