The existence and success of Presbyterian High School are very much attributed to the vision and conviction of our founding father Rev Alan S Moore Anderson who not only sourced for funds but also for a suitable site for the school. The energies which he vested, from 1955 to 1965, into realising the call to build a God-centred institution of learning, finally bore fruit in 1965.
When the school opened her doors in 1965, Li Sun High, as it was then called, shared premises with Ming Sin Primary School at Upper Serangoon Road and home to only 150 students. Moving parallel with the nation’s independence, the school had braced subsequent momentous events. In being denied her plans to expand and was threatened with closure due to falling enrolment, the school not only rode out the turbulence but also grew steadily in prominence. The school, having been renamed Presbyterian High School in 1983, is now a sprawling campus standing on 3 hectares of land in Ang Mo Kio and home to over 1350 students and staff. The new school boasts of infrastructure comprising a hall that can accommodate the entire school population, well-equipped computer laboratories and IT-enabled classrooms besides the National Education Stairwell, Art Gallery, Indoor Sports Hall and Street Soccer Court.
Through the years, Presbyterian High School has seen major physical transformations and has grown much in all domains. Under the leadership of seven visionary Principals and the contribution of dedicated Staff, PHS developed to a school of choice in the northern part of Singapore.
The vision statement attempts to encapsulate the collective aspiration of a group of individuals with high intellectual potential while at the same time retaining their unique heartland spirit. The educational outcomes are very much embraced by the school’s vision and mission, which aim to develop in every individual a total person worthy of God and man.
The school is committed to providing every individual be it student or staff, with a wide spectrum of opportunities to "make Western advance as our own” while being strong in eastern values” as the emblem in our school song. The unique combination of the profile and the potential of our pupils is the basis for the identification of Character Development as the niche for the school. PHS adopts a multi-pronged approach through niche developments of our Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and Student Leadership programmes.