Quoc Hoc Hue (Hue National High School) is a famous school in Hue that is decreed to be established in 1896 by King Thanh Thai. People tell about it as the first and also the oldest high school in Vietnam, and in the first days it is formed to educate children from noble and royal families.
The school was built in 1896 according to a construction style of French colonical, with two main colors of brick red and cream that is a complex of five blocks of classrooms, a swimming pool, a big football yard, a medium stadium, a basketball court, five badminton courts and also a block of dormitory.
The high school is situated on the bank of Perfume River on Le Loi Street, in the territory of Vinh Ninh Ward, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue Province. It was planned as a process of cultural enslaving of colonical French and has existed for more than a century.
Quoc Hoc Hue is a school that trains a large number of excellent students who all became famous leaders afterwards such as Nguyen Sinh Cung (Ho Chi Minh President of Socialist Republic of Vietnam), Ngo Dinh Diem (the President of Vietnam Republic), Tran Phu (The first General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam), Ha Huy Tap (General Secretary of Communist Party of Vietnam), Pham Van Dong (became the Prime Minister of Vietnam), Vo Nguyen Giap ( General) and many other well-known theorists, scientists, writers, poets such as Ta Quang Buu, To Huu, Dang Thai Mai, Nguyen Lan, Nguyen Khanh Toan, Nguyen Canh Toan, Ton That Tung, Dang Van Ngu (doctor), Dao Duy Anh (historian), Xuan Dieu (poet), Huy Can (poet), Luu Trong Lu (poet), Tran Hoan (musician), Nguyen Van Thuong (musician), Ton That Tiet (musician), etc. Furthermore, many students in the school has achieved high rank in many international exams such as Ho Dinh Duan, Le Ba Khanh Trinh, etc.
Several head professors attended the training activity as the teachers of the school, for example Dr. Nguyen Thuc Hao, Dr. Nguyen Lan, etc. Apart from a famous school of patriotism tradition, industriousness, traditional fondness for learning, good training style, it is also well-known for the original place of fighting movement of patriotism with several famous names such as Hoang Thong, Le Van Mien, Vo Liem Son, etc.
As the first days of establishment, the school was known as the name of “Phap tu Quoc Hoc truong mon” (French National High School’s Gate). And then, the name of this school has been changed so many times in many periods. Firstly, it was named as École Primaire Supérieure or Quoc Hoc (1896 – 1936), then it was changed to be Khai Dinh High School (1936 – 1954), Ngo Dinh Diem High School (1955-1956) and in the end it has returned to the original name as Quoc Hoc Hue since 1956.
At the present, Quoc Hoc Hue (Hue National High School) is chosen as one of three high quality schools of Viet Nam by the government together with Le Hong Phong High School in Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Van An High School in Hanoi.
This school is considered the largest and the most beautiful high school campus of the country. The school scene is in harmony between French architecture style and green background of many shady trees and stone benches in the school campus. Posing some nice photos in the beautiful scene is really a great ideas. And in spring, it is a surprised for the tourists to have a chance to see blossoming “diep anh dao” flower (one kind of cherry blossoms) in this school that usually makes pinky dots in the sky called pinky cloud, it makes the period the most special in a year. It’s really a good luck for any travellers who drop by the place in this season, it is expected a good experience.