The Don Honorio Ventura State University, formerly known as the “Escuela de Artes y Officios de Bacolor,” was founded by Fr. Juan P. Zita and Don Felino Gil and inaugurated on November 4, 1861 upon the approval of its statutes by Governor-General Jose Lemery. The school’s primary purpose was to train artisans and it was built on an 8.75-hectare land donated by the Suarez Sisters of Bacolor.

In 1922, a secondary curriculum was offered with Shop Courses in Ironworks, Woodworking, Building Construction for Boys and Domestic Work for Girls. The first batch of graduates received their diplomas in 1926 under the administration of the principal at the time, Mr. Domingo Amado, who served from 1920 until 1928.

From then on, competent and benevolent administrators manned the oldest existing vocational school in the Far East, thriving hand in hand with hardworking and efficient faculty to continuously produce graduates who have distinguished themselves as master craftsmen and who later became pillars of the local industries.

To further provide its students with values, knowledge and skills needed in an emerging world and the highly competitive place of work, the Administration adopted the following curricular programs:

1965-1979:    Four-Year Secondary Trade Curriculum

1965-1970:    Five-Year Secondary Trade Curriculum (Experimental Class)

1980-1985:    Revised Secondary Education Curriculum for Vocational Trade School

1986-1992:    Four-Year Secondary Curriculum with additional offering of Special Math and Science Programs

1993-2003:    New Revised Secondary Education Curriculum

2004-2011:    Basic Education Curriculum

2007-2017:    Offering of Special Math and Science Programs

2012 to Present:      K-12 Curriculum

Although what was first dubbed as the “Poor Man’s School” continued to soar to greater heights, the Laboratory High School remains to uphold its vow to provide access to quality and relevant education to the least marginalized sectors of our students that will spell a difference in their lives and their respective families now and in the years to come.



The Laboratory High School envisions to be K-12 compliant in producing competent lifelong learners imbued with right values, attitudes, and skills through a quality, equitable, accessible, and relevant curriculum responsive to holistic development.


The Laboratory High school is committed to provide quality, equitable, accessible and relevant basic education in a child-friendly, gender sensitive, safe and motivating environment through an instruction that is globalized and experiential to help the students become lifelong learners


The Department aims to:

  1. Equip students with competencies and skills relevant to the job market;
  2. Prepare its learners for senior high school and for higher education;
  3. Create a learner-centered environment;
  4. Train students for National Competencies assessment;
  5. Expand the use of technology for functional learning;
  6. Enrich curricula to cater the needs of the learners and of the community;
  7. Be an instrument for students’ holistic development’ and
  8. Organize activities and programs that will boost students’ confidence and abilities.

Academic Programs

  • Secondary Education (Laboratory High School)
    Basic Education Curriculum
    Special Math and Science Curriculum

Academic Guidelines

The laboratory Training Department offers a modified Basic Education Curriculum prescribed by the Department of Education.

Student performance both academic and shop instruction are graded numerically. 75 and above are passing grades, 74 and below are failing grades. The lowest possible grade is 65. The ceiling grades for the following grading periods are as follows:

85 – first grading period
90 – second grading period
95 – third and fourth grading periods

The final grade is computed by means of the averaging method.

The subject professor/instructor computes and submits each student’s grades for every grading period to the class adviser. The class adviser records them on the Form 138-A (Report Card) and Form 137-A (Student’s Permanent Record) and submit them to the Registrar’s Office.


Co-curricular activities include activities such as quiz bee, arts and craft competitions, oratorical contests and the like, that support the academic program of the College.

Extra-curricular activities are those activities not related to the academic program of the College but are designed to complement the course of learning of the students. They are intended to produce the desired social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical development of the pupils, and to meet their varying needs and interests. Students organizations, scouting, seminars/trainings, field trips, athletics, community outreach and the like, will make up the extra-curricular program.


If a student fails in one or two subjects (i.e., after computing his average grade from the first to fourth grading period), he will only be admitted in this University if he passes the failed subject(s) in a summer class.

If a student fails in more than two subjects after computing his average grade from first to fourth grading period, he will not be admitted in this University anymore.

Any student who has repeatedly enrolled and eventually dropped for two times with no justifiable reason shall be dismissed from the department.

Any student who frequently violates school rules and regulations as reflected in his/her permanent record will not be admitted in the following school year.


Faculty & Staff

Academic Instruction

Rodel T. Alimurong, RN, MAN, LPT
Olive N. Galura, LPT
Jerame N. Gamboa Ed. D.
Kristine E. Manalastas, MAEd
Sofia Luz M. Manaois, MPA
Plato B. Mercado, RPh, MATS
Criselda G. Nicdao, Ed. D.
Joan N. Puebla, Ed. D.
Michael Angelo F. Bacani
Emmanuel R. Perez
Ana Katrina P. Santiago, LPT
Lynch Hadrian C. Daguio, RN, LPT, CPP
Rica C. Guintu, LPT
Jervy M. Alfonso
Joyce L. Dimacali
Angelica Jihan Gopez
Marco Maglanque
Crisanto Miclat
Ainah Eunice Serrano


Shop Instruction

Jennifer S. Baluyut, MAEd
Ma. Theresa R. Canivel
John Jim Jimenez
Nova H. Nicdao, MAEd
Jo Eliza C. Quizon, Ed. D.
Charlie Mc Rae Romero
Denmark S. Santiago, MAEd
Mila M. Tiongco, MAEd


Jerame N. Gamboa, Ed. D.
Principal LHS

Criselda G. Nicdao, Ed. D.
Unit Coordinator

Desiree Ann T. Velasco
Office Secretary