For a long time in the past, Barangay San Isidro in Libmanan, Camarines Sur was said to be a jungle place, confined to primitive mountain rails and tall trees with abundant vegetation. But despite all these, a ray of hope was foresighted, thus, the place marched into progress with the opening of San Isidro Barrio High School sometime in 1966. The school was opened upon the petition of parents in the community and nearby barrios to the Libmanan South Central School. Its continuing operation materialized due to the extreme support extended by the teachers, students, parents, barrio council and the Assistant Principal of the elementary school. Their collaborative efforts have made the school strong and firm and able to stand the test of time.
With Department Order # 46, series of 1974 entitled “Change of Name of Barrio High School to Barangay High Schools,” San Isidro Barrio High School was changed to San Isidro Barangay High School. To strengthen the establishment of Barangay High Schools, the government has formulated Republic Act 6054, otherwise known as “The Barrio High School Center”, making secondary accessible to all Filipino children on a self-help basis.
Conceived as a help-self project, funds for the support and operation of the school were derived mainly from tuition fees, donations from civic-spirited people, and voluntary contributions of the parents. Thus, the school of the people, by the people, for the people.
The promulgation of Republic Act No 6655 in 1987, an act establishing the Free Secondary Education Program, has freed all students enrolled in public high schools from paying tuition fees and other school fees effective School Year 1988-1989. The DECS Order No. 40, series of 1988 was also instituted incorporating all Barangay High Schools to the national budget and changing the name of Barangay High Schools to Nationalized High Schools. The salaries and other fringe benefits due to the teachers were all derived from the national budget through the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. And the most astounding development in the educational system is making all newly nationalized high schools paving the way towards empowerment.
Indeed, the efforts of all those who are responsible for the rapid growth and development of this learning institution are all worth it, for the once-upon-a-jungle-place is now haven for innocent souls craving for wisdom and knowledge. Its paradise-like feature promises a restful atmosphere not only conducive for learning but also for building dreams among the young builders of tomorrow. And who will not, in the first place, be amazed by the wonders GOD bestowed upon this wondrous place?
The trees and all other greens therein allowing breeze to creep in every corner; the thirst-quenching crystal clear water with its sparkle of silver as the sun pours its hopeful shade of light; the birds and other flying creatures that dance, sway and swirl with the playful wind; the flowers that bring one to recall romantic escapades of May time; and yes, the smiles flashing to and fro flickering like neon lights as they are worn by this paradise’s Adam’s and Eve’s.
From a small nipa hut classroom, concrete classroom buildings have surfaced surrounding the vicinity of the school. The buildings and other school facilities were solicited by the school heads from the DEPED, Congressman Rolando G. Andaya, JICA, Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte, and Board Member Jose M. Claro.
In 2006, school annexes were envisioned and created. And so, Don Mariano C. San Juan Memorial High School (Bgy. Udoc), Pag-Oring Nuevo High School (Bgy. Pag-Oring), Eduardo V. Agomaa High School (Bgy. Duang-Niog), Carmel High School (Bgy. Potot) and Northern Plain High School (Bgy. Patag) were founded to accommodate students residing at these barangays and acquire knowledge and earn diploma in low transportation cost and expenses for the parents.
During the past years, the school has served as an avenue for school, district and division trainings, seminars and festivals. During recognition and graduation rites, prominent people from the national, provincial and local institutions have been inspiring the students to become more productive individuals in the future. It has also produced board topnotchers in the regional and national levels and noted successful professionals in the field of politics, education, medicine, engineering and science.
At present, the school in now equipped with internet facilities making the populace open to global communication and information.
Truly, San Isidro National High School has gone far, far away from where it was before!
PIONEERS and former SCHOOL HEADS
Jovito M. Palo Sr.(1966-1969) - Assistant Principal, FOUNDER
Encarnacion R. Aguja (1970-1971) - Assistant Principal
Jaime B. Villamora (1972-1974) - Assistant Principal
Faustino E. Galvan (1975-1976) – Assistant Principal
Elizabeth P. Palo (1977-1984) - Principal
Gloria A. Orino (1985-1994) - Head Teacher
Emily B. Esmabe (1995-2003) - Principal II
Venancio C. Pimentel (2004 up to present) – Principal II
A secondary school empowering teachers and students to be globally competitive through information technology innovations.
- Enhance the BEC curriculum with Computer Education and provide access to information technology resources.
- Cater programs and projects that would develop global competitiveness.
- Strengthen multi-sectoral linkages for the attainment of the vision.
- Conduct continuous INSET for the teachers to enhance their personal and professional qualities to meet the global challenges.
- Uphold strong administrative support for the effective implementation of the BEC curriculum.
- Put up a functional learning center-an ICT Laboratory equipped with instructional and supplementary materials.
- Develop programs and project to harness the talents and skills of the students.
- Network with government and non-government organization to sustain the vision and adopt their value-laden programs.