Welcome to Nagata High School and thank you for visiting our website.
Nagata High School has built an outstanding reputation since its foundation in 1920. Our
tradition of student excellence in academic, sporting and cultural fields is unrivaled in the
district, prominent in the national public system and competes against the country’s leading
Almost all of our students are accepted by the best national universities and then go
on to leading professional positions. In pursuing their goals our students share the
same learning journey undertaken by our renowned alumni and go on to become
leaders in their chosen field and in the community.
The founding philosophy of Nagata High School is the “integrated development of
personal wisdom, virtue, and body”. With this in mind we encourage our students to
do their best in their studies, club activities, and school events to ultimately foster an
attitude of self-discipline and self-guidance within them.
While these traditions are still respected, we are now entering a new phase in our
history. Times are changing and here at Nagata High School we aim to prepare our
students to thrive in an increasingly uncertain world. Responding to the needs of the
community, changes of the educational environment and social construction, we
implemented a new course in 2013 in order to prepare our students to take a leading
role in this globalized society. The “course for inquiry-based learning in science and
humanities” focuses on developing communication and presentation skills
underpinned by research methodologies and critical thinking. To attain this goal,
researchers and professors are invited to the school to give lectures and students visit
universities and research laboratories. We believe that with the advancement of this
course, backed by our founding philosophy, we can reach our 100th anniversary with
We appreciate all of your support in the undertaking of our new challenge.
Summary of School History
1921 Was established as Hyogo Prefectural No.3 Kobe Middle School.
1948 Became Hyogo Prefectural Nagata High School, in accordance with postwar reform of educational systems.
1996 The construction of the present school buildings was completed.
2010 The 90th anniversary ceremony took place.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade each contain approximately 320 students, making the school’s total student body roughly 960.
NAKAMURA Shohei (Mr.)
OKADA Kazutoshi (Mr.)
YOKOTA Shigeru (Mr.)
WAKABAYASHI Yoko (Ms.)
Teaching Staff (51)
8 full time staff
・Social Studies Department
7 full time staff
10 full time staff
8 full time staff
・P. E. Department
7 full time staff
1full time staff
・Home Economics Department
1 full time staff
9 full time staff and an ALT (Assistant language teacher)
The total number of graduates (as of March 2019) 33,963
Kobe No.3 School ( Male 4,799 Female 0 )
Nagata High School ( Male 17,512 Female 11,652 )
The Shinbu Kyoiku (School Philosophy)
Those who are admitted to Nagata High School receive an initiation
booklet written by our founding principal, Mr. KONDO Hideya, as
a guideline for their behavior at the school.
Below is a short excerpt,
which represents our fundamental philosophy and principles.
All students are expected to develop their own integrated personal
wisdom, virtue and body.
Heaven never creates useless humans, rather it
bestows each individual with their own unique and precious gift.
So students are obligated to develop
their talents and explore their professional possibilities.
Through learning, try to understand yourselves, humanity, and nature, and then in the end, you will find
yourself guided through to the point where how you should live is self-evident.
Upon completion of their three years of studies at Nagata, all graduates are
given a commemorative medal by the Shinbukai,, the school alumni
The medal, with its unique symbolic pole star design, bears
an excerpt from the Latin maxim, ‘Per aspera ad astra’ which means ‘to
overcome difficulties to attain glory’.
‘Ad astra’, ‘to the stars’ in Latin,
impresses on our students the necessity to aim high in all they do.
The design of the school badge
The Chinese character “高” denotes that this is an upper
secondary/senior high school.
The budding chrysanthemum
leaves are adapted from the badge of our precursor, Kobe No.3
Middle School and represent one of the treasures of the Shosoin
Repository, the oldest remaining wooden structure from eighth
Students are expected to wear school uniform on ceremonial occasions
7th Period (Mondays & Fridays)
Short Homeroom (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays)
Short Homeroom (Mondays & Fridays)
Extracurricular Activities/Club Activities
Almost all the students belong to one of the clubs. Many of the sports clubs are recognized as very
competitive, while the cultural clubs are also very active and are prominent in many prestigious contests
Most clubs meet every day, but some cultural clubs only meet 1-3 times a week.