Tayabas High School (now Quezon National High School) was founded in October 1902 whenAubrey Boyles, a Thomasite, organized a school in a convent of Lucena on the Northern side ofSaint Ferdinand Parish Church (now Lucena Cathedral). Fifty students were exposed to the English language with nineteen American teachers. The increase in student population on March 1, 1903 made Henry Balch the new principal. A strong typhoon destroyed the convent on September 26, 1905 that forced the school to be transferred to a building at Granja Street.
A two-storey building was built on June 6, 1906. Since then, a number of principals have stood at the helm of the school. When Japanese atrocities reached Atimonan, Quezon on December 23, 1941, students, despite the turmoil, continued to flock to Tayabas High School and all of them were automatically promoted. After a year, classes resumed at the Lucena Elementary School(now Lucena West) for girls and at the Trade School for boys. The Gabaldon Building (ruined by a fire) became the Provincial Hospital.
Classess were transferred to the Tong Ho School Building in 1944. The formal liberation ofTayabas Province on April 4, 1945 after which classess opened at Lucena Catholic Hall (nowMaryhill College Building).
In June 1945, the high school was relocated at the Tayabas Provincial Capitol (now Quezon Provincial Capitol) and the Court of First Instance Building, whereby fifty-four students graduated, girls in Balintawak and boys in Barong Tagalog on July 28, 1945. President Manuel Roxas signed Republic Act No. 14 on September 7, 1946 renamed the province of Tayabas to Quezon thus, Tayabas High School became Quezon Provincial High School.
The Batas Pambansa No. 1820 renamed Quezon Provincial High School as Quezon National High School with Dr. Cesar Villariba as the author.
Progress brings about change and change brings forth numerous problems and problems brings QNHS to the frontline – where an adage works – “there is no gain without pain in the service of educating people“.
Every Filipino youth shall enjoy a better quality of life due to access to quality secondary education, good moral life, economic stability, relevant cultural values, competitive work skills, strong sense of national identity and successful adjustment to rapid changing environment.
The school aims to produce students who are both academically inclined and substantially trained in the basic work skills making them globally competitive and value-oriented through relevant and responsive curriculum.