Dunman High School

Not to be confused with Dunman Secondary School.
Dunman High School
Démíng Zhèngfǔ Zhōngxué

(Honesty, Trustworthiness, Moral Courage, Loyalty)
10 Tanjong Rhu Rd, Singapore 436895
Kallang, Singapore
Coordinates 1°17′56″N 103°52′58″E / 1.29889°N 103.88278°E / 1.29889; 103.88278Coordinates: 1°17′56″N 103°52′58″E / 1.29889°N 103.88278°E / 1.29889; 103.88278
Type Government-aided,
Integrated Programme
Special Assistance Plan (SAP)
Established 14 October 1956
Session Single
School code 3101
Principal Dr Foo Suan Fong
Enrolment approx. 2,400
Red, Blue, White
Mission To nurture our students to Care, to Serve , and to Lead.
Vision The premier school of Leaders of Honour.
培育“堂正君子、社稷栋梁” 的顶尖学府。
Website dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg

Dunman High School (DHS) is an autonomous co-educational secondary school in Singapore offering the Integrated Programme and the Special Assistance Plan (SAP). It is one of the leading co-educational high schools in Singapore in terms of academic results, and one of the largest government schools in Singapore in terms of physical area.[1][2]


Kallang West Government Chinese Middle School

On 14 October 1956, in the midst of the Chinese middle schools riots, the Ministry of Education established the predecessor of Dunman High School, Kallang West Government Chinese Middle School, along with other schools like River Valley High School. It was renamed Dunman High School after Thomas Dunman.

In the 1956 riots, Chinese middle-school students who subscribed to the communist ideology staged sit-ins and demonstrations, disrupted classes, and in effect shut their schools down. The function of the newly established Kallang West Government Chinese Middle School was to allow students who had no wish to be embroiled in communism to have a place to study.[3] The premises of a newly built primary school at Mountbatten Road were loaned, and the initial enrolment included about 100 boys from The Chinese High School,[4] with 10 teachers. In December 1957 the school moved to Dunman Road and was renamed "Dunman Government Chinese Middle School".[5]

Designation of Special Assistance Plan

In 1979, the school was selected to be one of the nine Special Assistance Plan (SAP) secondary schools. The school was renamed "Dunman High School" and began to offer both English and Chinese languages at the first-language level.[6] When the Music Elective Programme (MEP) was introduced by the MOE in 1982, DHS was selected to implement the programme for musically gifted students.[7]

In 1990, the school expanded its physical area by taking over the neighbouring former premises of Dunman Secondary School at Dunman Road.[8] It then became a single-session school (previously the school was divided into the "morning session" and "afternoon session" so that two classes of students could share a classroom). It was one of six schools to go autonomous in 1994.[9] The school moved to its current location in Tanjong Rhu on 27 May 1995.[10] It was made the 7th Gifted Education Programme centre in Singapore in 1997.[11]

50th Anniversary

A time capsule was launched on the opening ceremony of DHS's 50th anniversary celebrations on 31 March 2006. The time capsule will be opened in 2031 on Dunman High's 75th anniversary. Items such as the DHS uniform and the 2006 student handbook were placed in it. A letter by the current Principal of the school was also included.[12][13] In addition, a Heritage Run was organised that day.[5] There were also performances, including a dance by the school's Chinese Society, and a drumming performance by the percussionists from Chinese Orchestra and Symphonic Band. A 50th anniversary song, written by Kelvin Ang Chin Yuan, was played by Clara Ng Yi Wen and sung by the school.

Incorporation of Dunman High Programme

From 2005, the school offered implemented a customised version of the 6-year Integrated Programme called the Dunman High Programme (DHP), which allows all students to bypass the O-Level examinations and directly take the A-Level examinations.[14][15] To meet the needs of the Integrated Programme, the school moved to a holding school in the former Raffles Junior College at Mount Sinai in December 2006 to allow for upgrading of the current site at Tanjong Rhu.[16]

The land area of the expanded campus increased from four hectares to seven hectares, making Dunman High School one of the biggest government schools in Singapore.[17] In December 2008 the classrooms, general office and staff rooms of the Tanjong Rhu Campus were completed, and the school moved back to the Tanjong Rhu campus.On 2 January 2009 the school opened to a new year with an opening ceremony named "Homecoming" (回家) to welcome students and staff to the upgraded campus. [18]


Name Native Name Years Served
Mr. Sun Hwan Sin 孙焕新先生 1956 1959
Mr. Chen Jen Hao 陈人浩先生 1959 1969
Mdm. Shu June Mai 许锦美女士 1969 1978
Mr. Lim Nai Yan 林乃燕先生 1978 1993
Mr. Cheah Chak Mun 谢泽文先生 1994 1998
Mr. Tan Thiam Hock 陈天福先生 1998 2004
Mr. Sng Chern Wei 孙振炜先生 2004 2009
Dr. Foo Suan Fong 符传丰博士 2010 2016
Mr Low Teck Eng Tony 刘德荣先生 Awaiting Appointment

School Identity & Culture

Dunman High School's Chinese name Démíng (德明) is a transliteration of "Dunman". The meaning of its name in Chinese is derived from a line in the Book of Rites (大学之道,在明明德) which is a statement that has influenced the Emperors of the Han, Tang and Song dynasties in Imperial China. It can be roughly translated as "the Dao (path) to the greatest learning lies in understanding the brightest virtues".

School crest

Dunman High School Crest

The school crest of Dunman High School was designed by the late Chen Jen Hao, its second principal, and Liu Kang, a pioneer in local fine art and former art teacher of the school.[19] The two Chinese characters read, from right to left, "Dé míng", the Chinese name of the school. The characters are written in seal script.

The red colour symbolises passion and the drive for success. The blue colour signifies peace and dignity, while the circular border represents wholeness and unity, as well as the pursuit of universality, as defined in the Confucian classic Book of Rites.

School song

Dunman High School preserved its school song in Mandarin Chinese.[20]


Dunman High School is currently one of the largest government schools in Singapore in terms of physical area.

Dunman High School's upgraded campus along Tanjong Rhu Rd.

Academic Information

Incorporated within the six-year Dunman High Programme (DHP) are the Junior High (Year 1-4) and Senior High (Year 5-6) sections, which leads to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level examination. The school-wide Integrated Programme offered enables students to bypass the Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level examination that is taken in the Special/Express course. Dunman High uses a Grade Point Average scoring system for Junior High, with the following scoring system.

Grade Point
A+ (>80%) 4.0
A (>70%) 3.6
B (>60%) 2.8
C (>50%) 2.0
D (>40%) 1.0
F (<40%) 0.0

DHS also organises academic competitions and conferences, both for its students and external participants. A variety of academic programmes, hosted by both the school as well as the Ministry of Education, are offered to students with the potential to excel.

Special Programmes

Various special programmes are offered in the school, such as the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP), the Art Elective Programme (Singapore) and the Music Elective Programme (MEP) . These programmes offer a degree of specialisation that is generally not possible in the standard curriculum, enabling students in the school to explore respective fields to a greater degree. On top of these programmes, Dunman High also offers a wider variety of GCE 'A' Level Examination subjects, including the newly included subject of H2 Translation, as well as courses like China Studies in both Chinese and English. Extensive support and guidance is available for student who are interested to further their interests with H3 subjects.

Special Programmes offered in school are listed below:

Exchange Programmes

Dunman High hosts yearly exchange programmes with schools from Europe, South East Asia, China and Japan.

The Bicultural Studies Programme is notable for exchange programmes for scholars every 6 months to different parts of China, Taiwan and the United States, with partnerships from Hunan University, Cheng Kung Senior High School, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to name a few.

Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) often have training camps overseas as well, with the softball team training in Taiwan, Basketball team training in Malaysia and Chinese Orchestra performing in China.

Co-curricular Activities

Dunman High School offers Co-curricular Activities (CCAs), including competitive sports, uniformed groups, musical groups and clubs and societies. The school's traditional forte has been Chinese orchestral music.[21] The Uniformed Groups have a strong presence in Dunman High School, with Saint John Ambulance Brigade, Scouts, Girl Guides and National Police Cadet Corps achieving honours.[22]

The Co-curricular Activities (CCAs) offered by Dunman High School is listed below:

Sports and Games

Performing Arts

Uniformed Groups (Junior High)

Clubs and Societies

Student Interest Groups (Senior High)

Student Council

The student council is the student welfare body that work closely with the school committee to bring forth initiatives and changes for the school. They are also responsible for the daily functions of the school.

Relations with other schools

Dunman High School is not officially affiliated with any school.

It holds an annual sports meet with Chung Cheng High School (Main), Ngee Ann Secondary School and Temasek Secondary School called the Four-School Combined Athletes Meet since 1980, in which students aged 13 to 16 from the four schools compete in sports events.[23]

Notable Alumni



Entertainment and The Arts

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See also


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  2. "Our Best 'O' Level Results in 10 Years!". Archived from the original on 16 May 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
  3. "Speech by Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, at Dunman High School 50th anniversary dinner, 14 October 2006.". Retrieved 14 October 2006.
  4. Dunman High School 40th Anniversary memento magazine. 1995. p. i.
  5. 1 2 "Dunman High School milestones". Archived from the original on 14 January 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
  6. "Enhanced Programmes by Special Assistance Plan Schools to Enrich Students' Learning of Chinese Language and Values" (PDF) (Press release). Ministry of Education. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  7. "Music Elective Programme" (PDF). Ministry of Education. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. "Our History". Dunman Secondary School. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  9. "Two New Autonomous Schools" (Press release). Ministry of Education. 18 July 2001. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  10. "Recognition for Dunman High School | DHS". Dunman High School. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  11. "Gifted Education Programme Schools". Ministry of Education. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  12. "A Letter to Future Dunmanian". Archived from the original on 29 May 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
  13. "半个世纪,德明情". Archived from the original on 29 May 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
  14. "Integrated Programmes (IP)". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  15. "Dunman High Programme | DHS". Dunman High School. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  16. "Mount Sinai holding site for new JC is most suitable: Heng Swee Keat". Channel NewsAsia. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  17. "A New School for Dunman High". Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  18. "School History". dunmanhigh.moe.edu.sg. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  19. DHS Handbook 2009.
  20. "Dunman High School Website". Retrieved 31 January 2010.
  21. "Dunman High School CCA achievements: music". Archived from the original on 14 January 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2006.
  22. "Dunman High School CCA achievements: UG". Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  23. "DHS Sports CCA". Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
  24. Tan, Lorna (19 August 2008). "She doesn't stint on the three Fs". The Straits Times (Singapore).
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