In 1919, the Leyte Chinese School was established by a group of local Chinese businessmen through the Leyte Tek Club and the Tacloban Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
The Leyte Chinese School started in an old building with two rooms and with an enrollment of a few boys and girls who are mostly from the Leyte Chinese Community. The school was registered with the Department of Education in 1921. Eight years after its establishment, the first school building was erected.
Three years after, the first newly built Chinese School in Leyte was closed for a year due to financial problems.
The school's closure alarmed the Chinese community; hence, an educational committee was organized with the objective of reopening the school in line with its vision that education of the Chinese children should be given concerted and preferential attention by the Chinese community.
As expected, the student population increased and the school was transferred to a building at Grand Capitan street (now Justice Romualdez Street).
The school was forced to close when war broke out in 1941, and was reopened after the liberation in October 1945.
The Chinese community immediately worked on the renovation of the school buildings and other facilities which had been destroyed by the war. A new school building was constructed at Sabang District. Thus, the first graduation ceremony for the High School department was held in the new school building.
At this point, the name of the school was changed from Leyte Chinese School to Leyte Chinese High School.
However, in 1973, a government circular required all Chinese schools to Filipinize their names so that the school had to be renamed Leyte Progressive High School.
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