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History of the School


1922 - Discovery of King Tutankhamen's Tomb
1926 - AA Milne publishes Winnie-the-Pooh
1932 - Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic
1939 - World War 2 begins
1925 - Tanglin School founded by Anne Griffith-Jones OBE, to provide high quality British education to children of expatriate families. The school opens in Tanglin Club with five pupils.
1934 – Tanglin opens its boarding section in Cameron Highlands, Malaya to allow students to enjoy a cooler climate.

1940 - 1959

1945 - US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1948 - "Big Bang" theory formulated
1952 - Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen at age 25 (Pinterest)

1959 - The Barbie doll makes her debut (Today's News)
1941 - Cameron Highlands Boarding School closed due to polio outbreak, and remains closed during the Japanese occupation in WW2.
1942 - Closure of Tanglin School in Singapore due to the Japanese occupation.
1943 - Anne Griffith-Jones is interned in Changi Prison by the Japanese forces.

1946-47 - Schools re-open in Singapore and Cameron Highlands.
1954 - Raeburn Park (Singapore Harbour Board School) opens.

1958 - British European Association (BEA) buys Tanglin School. Tanglin Trust Ltd is formed.

1960 - 1979

1965 - Singapore becomes the independent Republic of Singapore (Straits Times)
1966 - England wins the FIFA World Cup
1969 - Neil Armstrong becomes first man on the moon

1977 - Star Wars movie released
1960 – Management of Raeburn Park transferred to BEA. Both Tanglin and Raeburn Park were managed by the same board of governors.
1960-61 - Tanglin School moves to Matheran in Tanglin Road, renamed Tanglin Preparatory School.
1971 - Due to long waiting lists a third school, Weyhill Preparatory School, opened in Portsdown Road.
1976 - Raeburn Park moves to Portsdown Road, opposite Weyhill Prep.

1976 - Winchester School, a Nursery unit, was opened at Alexandra Park.

1980 – 1999

1982 - Michael Jackson releases "Thriller"
1989 - World Wide Web invented
1996 - Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal is born
1997 - First Harry Potter book is released
1981 – Tanglin Preparatory, Raeburn Park and Weyhill amalgamate to form Tanglin Infant School and Tanglin Junior School in Portsdown Road.
1987 - Schools join together under one headteacher, Mrs Veronica Goodban, to form Tanglin Infant and Junior School.
1996 - Winchester School closes. Nursery unit opens on Portsdown Road site. School is renamed Tanglin Trust School.
1996 - First intake into Senior School.

2000 - current

2001 - 9 11
2004 - Asian Tsunami hits 11 countries
2015 - Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies aged 91 (Today Online)

2016 - The UK votes to leave the European Union
2001 – First Sixth Form intake.

2003 - The first batch of 20 A Level students graduated.
2009 - Sixth Form introduced the International Baccalaureate Diploma, alongside A Levels, creating a dual pathway for students.
2011 - The first batch of IB students graduated.

2014 - Lease on Portsdown Road is extended to 2038.
2021 – The onsite Forest School programme is launched to enhance Infant School’s outdoor education programme.
2015 - School celebrates its 90th Anniversary (T90), a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our heritage in Singapore.
2016 - Nixon Building opens.
2018 – Tanglin says farewell to Peter Derby-Crook (CEO) and welcomes new CEO, Craig Considine

March - June 2020

To stem the tide of COVID-19 infections, Tanglin shifts to remote learning and Singapore implements strict lockdown measures.

2020 – The Institute@Tanglin is established to be a forum that promotes excellence, provides thought leadership, and encourages discourse to inspire, challenge and prepare the next generation of leaders in our community. 

2021 - A new House system is implemented to link all students from Nursery to Year 13. This provides them with a group that will remain with students as they grow up at Tanglin, that crosses age-specific structures, and gives students a sense of belonging and pride. 

July 2020 – To support our community during COVID, the TTS Foundation organises a complimentary academic summer programme where over 1800 Infant, Junior, and Senior students enjoyed purposeful yet fun face-to-face learning. 


2023 - The Tanglin Centenary Building formally opens on 11 January 2023. The Brain is also installed as the first piece of the Centennial Arts Project with more artwork to be commissioned.