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Maryhill College

Maryhill College
Dalubhasaang Maryhill
Former name
Maryknoll Academy
Motto in English
TypePrivate Catholic school
Tagarao St., Barangay Five, Lucena City, 4301
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CampusTagarao St., Lucena City City
Sta.Isabel Village, Isabang,Tayabas City
ColoursGreen and gold         
AffiliationsPhilippine Association of School Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)
Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines(CEAP)
Lucena Dioceses Catholic School Association(LUDICSA)

Maryhill College (Tagalog: Dalubhasaang Maryhill) is a non-stock, non-profit Roman Catholic educational institution in Lucena City, Philippines. It was founded in 1938 initially named as Lucena Catholic School. The school is part of the mission of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, and formerly known as Maryknoll Academy. The school has basic education which is composed of primary and secondary education, and also has higher education.[1]


[2]The history of Maryhill College dates back to 1938 when Archbishop of Lipa His Excellency Alfredo Versoza, D.D.,together with Rev.Fr.Ulric Arcand,MEP a Canadian Priest who belong to Paris Foreign Missions Society and Don Daniel Marquez envisioned to have a Maryknoll school in Lucena they labored for the construction of a school building and was initially called Lucena Catholic School. the moment of grace was coupled with the arrival of first Maryknoll Sisters in the same year; they were Sr. Mary de Chantal, Sr. Maria Concepcion, and Sr. Maura Shaun.

The intensified school Operation focused on these goals: to lead souls to God, to train the minds of the students by providing solid Catholic Education preparing them for life, and to form a lay apostolate among the youth who would fearlessly and intelligently keep the faith alive and responsibly share it with others.

The Maryknoll Sisters, imbued with spiritual in-depth, educational leadership skills and passion for spiritual formation, forged the first 250 students to learning. Eventually the school officially named as Maryknoll Academy, the school momentarily ceased operation due to the outbreak of World War II in 1941.

World War II and after-war development

During World War II, Maryknoll Campus was used as a garrison by the Japanese forces during the occupation of Lucena,It resumed its operation in 1945 and obtained Government Recognition from the Bureau of Private Education for its Elementary and Secondary courses in 1946, A long period of stability and growth followed.

Maryknoll Rapid expansion efforts in both infrastructures and academics were facilitated by the following Maryknoll Sisters at the helm of the school’s administration: Sr. Robert Marie (1953-1955), Sr. Stephen Marie (1956-1958), Sr. Carmen Eser (1959-1962), during Sr.Joseph Aileen (1962-1968) Rigors of student population growth necessitated the construction of a two-storey building in 1958; As an outreach program, the school initiated the opening of an extension campus in llasan, Tayabas, Quezon in 1968. it made available to the youth in llasan, Tayabas, Quezon an affordable Catholic education. (until 1976 when it became the San Roque Parochial School under the administration of the Parish).at time of Sr. Ancilla Marie (1968-1973). the school offered a night Secondary and Vocational School to serve the needs of those who are working at daytime and interested to attend school after work first enrolles of the program totaled to 76 students comprising house aides, tricycle drivers and sales ladies. This Night High School program prospered until 1979. .

Transition from Maryknoll Sisters to Diocese and Lay Administration

After the Second Vatican Council, the Maryknoll congregation began to evaluate its work in the light of their original apostolate as a missionary order. In the 1960s, the Maryknoll congregation saw the readiness of the Filipino Catholic to continue the education mission they had started. In 1977, the ownership of the school turnover to Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucena and management of the school was turned over to lay administrators. In accordance with the agreement, the name Maryknoll was to be changed to pave the way for the promotion of the school’s unique identity, distinct although not disconnected from the identity of the Maryknoll sisters. In 1976, after a series of consultations, Maryknoll Academy was renamed Maryhill Academy.

The administration was entrusted to Ms. Lourdes C. Glinoga as Directress; Mr. Victor Panopio, as High School Principal and Mrs. Corazon C. Belarmino, as Grade School Principal. Committed to the tasks entrusted as educational leaders.

another extension building was built behind the Cathedral’s Rectory called the lay administration building, The buildings’ strategic location created a quadrangle inside the campus where student gatherings were held.

the School applied the High School Department to the Philippine Accrediting Association for the Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and was awarded accreditation in 1975.

Maryhill Academy became one of the founding institutions to spearhead and organize the Lucena Diocese Catholic Schools’ Association (LUDICSA) in 1977.

From Academy to College

Another milestones for Maryhill Academy continued when CHED approved its tertiary level operation in 1996. The status of the school change from Academy to College with HED primary enrollees of 37 students.

Courses initially offered were Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor in Secondary Education, Bachelor in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Secretarial Course.

This great leap for the school was under the solicitous effort of the Most Rev.Ruben T. Profugo,D.D., then School President and Bishop of Lucena.

Today The physical expansion of Maryhill College thru effort of Most Rev.Emilio Z. Marquez,D.D, to built landmarks such as the covered court, three-storey Pope John Paul II building for additional classrooms and administrative offices, the Pope Benedict XVI building for the Pre-Elementary and Elementary students, Technology and Livelihood Education building and the construction of a new canteen. To meet the needs and challenges of the times.

Its graduates have distinguished themselves in their professions. Several have been legislators, accomplished businesswomen, entrepreneurs, educators and leaders of government and non-governmental organizations.

The efforts of the founders have been productively imbibed and perpetuated. The Maryknoll education and mission lives on to this day through the living testimonies of students. and thousands of graduates who have left the portals of the school, beaming with pride as beneficiaries of a ”Solid Catholic Education with the Maryknoll Spirit and Tradition."

Schools and degree Programs

Lucena Main Campus

[3]Integrated Basic Education

  • Pre-Elementary

Kinder Preparatory

  • Elementary
  • Junior High School

[4]Senior High School

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS)
  • Accountancy and Business Management (ABM)
  • General Academic Strand (GAS)

Presidents and Chairman Board of Trustees

His ExcellencyAlfredo Versoza, D.D. (Feb.1938-Feb.1951)

Most.Rev.Alfredo Obviar, D.D. (Nov.1950-Sept.1976)

His EminenceJosé Tomás Sánchez, D.D. (Sept.1976-Jan.1982)

Most Rev.Ruben T. Profugo,D.D. (May 1982-Sept.2003)

Most Rev.Emilio Z. Marquez,D.D. (May 2002-July 2017)

Most Rev.Mel Rey Uy,D.D. (July 2017 – Present)

Act Director and School principal

Sr. Robert Marie (1953-1955)

Sr. Stephen Marie (1956-1958)

Sr. Carmen Eser (1959-1962)

Sr.Joseph Aileen (1962-1968)

Sr. Ancilla Marie (1968-1973)

Dr. Lourdes C. Glinoga (1976-2003)

Act School Director

No Director/ Temporary VP for Academic Affairs (2003-2010)

Rev. Fr. Edwin V. Baruelo(2011-2016)

Rev. Fr. Renato D. Naca (2016–2018)

Rev. Fr. Edilberto H. Jarapa (2018-present)



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