Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, formerly Kiddie School, had a very simple beginning. In February 1982, three public school principals from the District of Obando, Bulacan- Mrs. Magdalena R. Ignacio, Miss Macaria L. Mendiola, and Miss Flora J. Mendoza, were following-up some papers at the District Engineer’s Office in Malolos. While waiting for the chief engineer to sign their papers, they went to the Bulacan College of Arts and Trade, (now Bulacan State University)Cafeteria. There, the Holy Spirit gave them the idea of starting a Preschool.
One month after, they enrolled at the Philippine Normal College, now a university, to prepare for the opening of Kiddie School with Preschool Courses as its initial offerings. Before the school year began, the go signal from the DECS was received. Thus, School Year 1982-1983 saw the birth of the Kiddie School with the following incorporators:
Mr. Lamberto P. Ignacio, Chairman, Mrs. Magdalena R. Ignacio, administrative Officer, Miss Macaria L. Mendiola, Miss Flora J. Mendoza, Miss Leonila S. Francisco, Archt. Salvador Manaloto, and Mr. Benjamin Cruz as members. The school gate was opened to accommodate twenty-five kinder I and II pupils. The school was lucky to have Miss Leonila S. Francisco, now Sr. Leonila of the Sisters of St, John the Baptist, who had just come back from Italy to be the first teacher. She was succeeded by her sister, Mrs. Jesusa S. Francisco-Viray in the Board.
In the event that another entity had acquired a prior right to use the name Kiddie School, it changed its name into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Kiddie School. As per the demand of parents, one grade level was opened in the succeeding years.
The government recognition for the Preschool Course was granted on March 1984. Mrs. Zeneca R. Ignacio-Joseph was assigned Preschool Directress . In 1985, Miss Flora J. Mendoza became the school principal. It had its first batch of grade school graduates in 1990, the same year when Government Recognition for the Complete Elementary Course was given.
School Year 1993-1994 was a landmark in OLPHS History, as after meeting the requirement set by the DECS, the High School Department was opened. It was also in 1994 ( February 7) that heaven opened for the soul of Mrs. Magdalena R. Ignacio, one of the inspiring and influential founder of the school. She was then, succeeded by Mrs. Zeneca I. Joseph in the Board. As the school continued to grow, its first batch of High school graduates received their diplomas on April 1997. Eventually in 1998, Miss Flora J. Mendoza was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Government Recognition for High School was granted in the year 2000.
On October 21, 2003, Mr. Lamberto P. Ignacio passed away. Consequently, he was succeeded by Mr. Jerome R. Ignacio in the board.
The whole OLPH School Community has always remembered and will always be thankful for the legacy of the couple, Mr. Lamberto P. Ignacio and Mrs. Magdalena R. Ignacio. Later on August 2008, Mr. Benjamin Cruz joined them. He was succeeded by his wife, Mrs. Juliana Ignacio-Cruz.
From the moment of its conception, the school has been working hard to offer nothing but the best to its pupils and students with their total development as members of a social group as its main concern. It has been emphasizing not only the development of basic literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, word skills, talents and potentials, but more importantly values formation that will make them “Maka-Diyos”, “makabayan,” makakalikasan,” “makatao,” “makakatarungan,” and “maka-Buhay.”
On February 2007 OLPHS dedicated to Mary celebrated its Silver. It had been showered with many blessings in the forms of awards, trophies, and certificates, all recognizing and affirming the school’s excellence in education, science and technology. Besides, the school joins the rank of Government-Recognized Schools that offers complete Preschool, Grade School and High School Courses.
As the school reached its 31 years it will continue its tradition of providing quality, yet affordable education. With responsible and efficient members of the faculty, very supportive and cooperative administration and parents, and with talented pupils and students, the school will surely continue to shine in the Third Millennium.