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Our Heritage

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The old school building at Bah Tan Road
Wong Quek Boon edit.jpg Our first Principal, the late Mr Wong Quek Boon
Tan Boon Wan Edit.jpg Our top 'O' level student in 1965, Dr Tan Boon Wan (Left)


The history of Naval Base Secondary School (NBSS) began in 1957 when the British Navy set aside a piece of land in the British Naval Base at Bah Tan Road to build a proper school for the children of the naval base employees. The school was then known as Naval Base School and was a full school. In 1968, the school was renamed Naval Base Secondary School when the primary section moved to Canberra School.


The school was relocated from its modest buildings at Bah Tan Road to its present premises in Yishun Ring Road in July 1988. 

NBSS underwent PRIME upgrading and was temporarily housed at a holding site in Sembawang from 2008 to 2009. In December 2009, the school returned with great enthusiasm to its beautifully upgraded campus which was designed both as a “ School in a Garden ” and “ School as a Giant Art Gallery ” in-line with the emergence of visual art as a niche strength of the school.

Below is a summary of milestones in NBSS history

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