Kyoto Prefectural Second Middle School was founded in 1900. Colloquially known as "Kyo Ni-chu" in Japanese, it was one of the first schools in Japan to practice the educational philosophy of "mastery of both literary and martial arts." The school emphasized the importance of discipline and good manners, and encouraged students to both excel academically and take an active part in extra-curricular sports and clubs. Kyoto Prefectural Toba Senior High School inherited its traditions and philosophy, as well as its buildings and campus atmosphere, from "Kyo Ni-chu." Today, Toba continues to build on this history by focusing on the following three precepts:
1. Humanity: As technology advances and society continues to change at a rapid pace, Toba aims to give students respect for human dignity, and to develop a spiritually rich sense of humanity.
2. Pioneer Spirit: Toba aims to give students global awareness, and to develop their powers of imagination in order to thrive independently in the 21st century.
3. Self-Command: Toba aims to develop students who have a strong sense of purpose, can solve problems independently, and have the ability to accomplish their goals.
Toba's stirring school events such as the Athletic Meet and "Rengasai," the school cultural festival, promote the students' individual talents and create a sense of teamwork that allows the individual to grow. The accomplishments of our sports teams and clubs are respected both inside and outside of Japan, and our graduates include nationally-renowned professional athletes. Our students perform at the highest academic levels and go on to top-level universities and colleges. In all these ways, Toba continues to fulfill its mission of developing self-reliant human beings.
In addition, Toba has been officially designated as a Super Global High School (SGH) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for a five year period starting in 2015. We live in an era of rapidly expanding globalization that continues to create revolutionary changes in politics, economics, culture, and social organization. As a SGH, Toba is committed to fostering global leaders who can thrive this era. Such leaders need a deep interest in social issues, high-level communication skills, and internationally-minded problem-solving skills. In order to grow these global leaders, Toba has developed a new curriculum aimed at fostering five key attributes: Re-imagining Values, Cooperation, Determination, Open-mindedness, and Knowledge. Furthermore, this year we established the Global Course as a specialized academic department. This department aims to combine a broad education with deep, specialized knowledge, and to foster "flexible and resilient" human beings who can thrive in today's global era.
At Toba, students can experience the heart of traditional culture, professional-level athletic coaching, and the latest teaching methods as a Super Global High School. In this multi-layered, highly accomplished educational environment, our faculty and staff strive to develop the academic abilities and self-sufficiency of each and every student, so that they will prosper in a future that is unknown. Your continued understanding and support of education at Toba High School is greatly appreciated.
Principal, Kyoto Prefectural Toba High School