Heritage 1917-1999


Nanyang Girls’ School

A shophouse, unit number 7, at ‘Sanjiaopu’ (三角埔) (today’s Dhoby Ghaut, on the right side of Cathay Theatre), was rented for the school compound. Lessons in this campus began on 15 August with a cohort of about 100 students. Mdm Yu Pei Gao was the first principal. In the same year, Mr Tan Chor Lam was elected first Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The confectionary shop, Fu Yu, on the left, occupied the shophouses that was our first school campus.


No 7 Dhoby Ghaut became too small for the increasing enrolment. The school then moved to a double storey private bungalow perched on Sophia Hill (now known as Mount Sophia) overlooking Orchard Road. There were many rooms in the bungalow which the school used as classrooms.

15 August 1919, teachers and students gathered outside for a photograph to commemorate the school’s second anniversary.


Mr Lee Chin Tian became the Chairman of the Board of Directors. In the same year, he hired Mdm Liew Yuen Sien as Principal. In order to realise the school’s aim of providing girls with an equal opportunity for education across South East Asia and China, Mdm Liew tried her best to provide them with funding to continue with their schooling.


Nanyang Girls' School was renamed "Nanyang Girls' High School". In November, with $17,000 raised, a plot of land at King’s Road in the Bukit Timah area was purchased. It had a two-storey building sitting on land area of 6 acres. Nanyang Girls’ High School moved into the campus during the holidays.

Purchased in November 1930, the original 2-storey building at the King’s Road campus was refurbished to become the school building.


During WWII, the Nanyang campus was used by the Japanese soldiers as a military hospital. When the Japanese surrendered in 1945, British soldiers returned to Singapore. On 1 December 1945, the British military government gave the school permission to occupy the former Japanese Association premises, which later became the office of Chinese Christian Youth Association, at Selegie Road.

On 1 December 1945, our school received approval to use the former Japanese Club at Selegie Road as a temporary campus and lessons resumed on 15 December.


In January 1947, the British army informed Nanyang that the Selegie Road premises were to be used for other purposes and asked that the school move back to the King's Road campus. In 1948, the Board of Directors bought the land on a hill behind the King’s Road campus for $10,000 and built 4 classrooms to serve as the primary school section.

The four classrooms of the Primary School section built in phase 1.


As the school continued to grow, a new Administration Block, a Hall Block and Science Blocks were added.

Chin Tian Pavilion and Yuen Sien Pavilion in the school courtyard. The two pavilions were built in regconition of Mr Lee Chin Tian's and Mdm Liew Yuen Sien's contributions to the school.
The iconic school gate was donated by the alumni.
The King's Road campus was to remain the home of Nanyang Girls' High School until it moved to the current Linden Drive site in 1999.
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