Just mention The Bicol High School and The Bicol Teachers College and it will trigger enough interest and talk, and more of an endless poignant memory recall from its surviving and now aging students. (We have to make caps and add “The” to emphasize respect and reverence more because of its major role and the importance it played on the community during that time).
Folks in Calabanga and neighboring areas who were lucky enough to have studied in there took the experience and camaraderie to heart and soul, maybe forever?
The high school and college was founded by the late Atty. Perfecto Tabora. It was a pioneering effort, and the first among few educational institutions established in Camarines Sur was warmly appreciated by the community. The schools came into existence on the school year of 1946, quickly after the last major war waged in Calabanga, Bicol and the country.
Together, the institution managed to exist for nine years between 1946 up until 1955. Its learning community at that post World War II era saw hundreds of eager youths enter the classrooms and later became part and parcel of the moving warmbodies in the post war rehabilitation effort.
Despite its short existence the schools delivered its mission. Attorney Tabora did a very rightful and commendable major task as a private citizen during hard and trying times. (Has he ever gotten a posthumous recognition, yet?)
We are not privy as to why the schools closed after 1955.
The buildings of the TBHS and TBTC stood on the lot now occupied by the (sic) Medroso-Reyta commercial stalls (unfortuntately gutted by fire very recently), at the intersection of San Antonio and Del Carmen streets. Locals refer to the area as Parada or the trading center.
A minute historical marker stands by the sidewalk to mark what could be a magnanimous, illustrious and glorious bygone era of educating the youths of the locality.
(To be continued.)