Founded in 1935 as a high school for girls
Genzo Ichikawa was recognized as a great Principal of Dai-ichi High School for Girls and was also asked to become the Principal of Ohyu Gakuen when it was founded.
Shizu Ishikawa, who dedicated her life to the management and educational principles of Ohyu Gakuen, was Chairman and the Principal of the school for more than thirty years.
Ohyu Gakuen was founded in 1935. Ohyukai, the alumni association of Tokyo Furitsu Dai-Ichi High School for Girls (currently Tokyo Metropolitan Hakuo Senior High School) founded Ohyu Gakuen Girls’ Junior and Senior High School as a part of the 50th anniversary project of their old school.
The foundation of the current Ohyu Gakuen was created by two teachers. One of them was Genzo Ichikawa, who served for many years as the Principal of Tokyo Furitsu Dai-ichi High School for Girls and is regarded as one of the pioneers of formal education for girls. The other was Shizu Ishikawa, who was taught by the Christian Philosopher, Kanzo Uchimura, and Umeko Tsuda, who is also regarded as one of the pioneers of formal education for girls in Japan.
Genzo Ichikawa taught his students to “be humans before being women” and to “be women who can maximize their potential and become successful in society.” That was more than 70 years ago. Then people still thought education for women was to teach women to become a “good wife and wise mother”. Based upon Ichikawa’s approach, we aim to provide an education for girls that will maximize each student’s potential and help them to make the most of their abilities.
Shizu Ishikawa continued teaching English even during the Second World War and strove to nurture girls who would be successful in a global society. For Ishikawa, the base for intellectual edification was an all-round education combined with a Christian spirit. Ohyu Gakuen is not a missionary school but we have a Bible reading class (one hour per week) in junior high school to give each student an opportunity to confront herself and think about her life.
We strongly believe that our students will leave Ohyu Gakuen with a broad vision for the future. We also hope that they will have increased intelligence and a comprehensive ability to understand and make the right decisions. We also want them to become spiritually enlightened so they can live together with others in harmony.
The school badge features a “snow-flake-shape and pine tree” motif. The design means to “live strong like green pine trees in a severe environment and be cheerful like the sun”. The original design was used for the school badge of Tokyo Furitsu Dai-Ichi High School for Girls. Our school changed the Chinese characters in the middle from “Ichi Kou Jo (abbreviation for Tokyo Furitsu Dai-Ichi High School for Girls’) to “Ohyu”.
|February 23, 1935||Incorporated Foundation Ohyu Gakuen (founded by Ohyukai, the alumni association of Tokyo Furitsu Dai-Ichi High School for Girls).|
|February 23, 1935||Succeeded Incorporated Foundation Setagaya High School for Girls and School of Arts and Crafts for Girls.|
|May 27, 1935||Changed the name of the school from “Setagaya High School for Girls” to “Ohyu Gakuen High School for Girls”. |
This date was set as the official foundation date.
|February 16, 1938||Changed the name of the school from “Setagaya School of Arts and Crafts for Girls” to “Ohyu Gakuen School of Arts and Crafts for Girls”.|
|February 28, 1939||“Ohyu Gakuen School of Arts and Crafts for Girls” was closed down.|
|April 1, 1947||“Ohyu Gakuen Junior High School for Girls” was founded in accordance with the reform of the educational system in Japan. (Establishment was approved on March 31, 1947)|
|April 1, 1948||“Ohyu Gakuen High School for Girls” was founded in accordance with the reform of the educational system in Japan (Establishment was approved on March 10, 1947)|
|March 15, 1951||“Incorporated Educational Institution Ohyu Gakuen” was founded as the Private Schools Act was enforced.|
|April 5, 1955||Major study courses were established.|
|June 5, 1963||“Oiwake Mountain Cottage” was opened in Karuizawa.|
|April 5, 1981||Overall plan for the school building was agreed.|
|March 5, 1983||Ishikawa Memorial Building was completed.|
|October 3, 1984||Building 2 was completed.|
|July 22, 1985||Building 3 was completed.|
|May 16, 1986||Library Building was completed.|
|April 7, 1988||Building 4 was completed.|
|March 1991||Gymnasium was completed.|
|September 1996||Main Building was completed.|
|July 21, 2005||Further study courses attached to High School were cancelled.|