SMK Damansara Utama

Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Damansara Utama is a secondary school situated in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. It was awarded the Cluster School of Excellence status in 2009 by the Malaysian Ministry of Education.[1][2]

SMK Damansara Utama
Damansara Utama High School, PJ
Location
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Information
TypeGovernment coeducational half-boarding secondary school
MottoBerfikir asas Kebijaksanaan
Established1987
School districtPetaling
SessionSingle
PrincipalPuan Hjh. Zulaika bt. A. Rahman
GradesForm 1 - Form 5
Enrollment1300
AreaDamansara Utama
Websitewww.smkdu.edu.my

History

The construction of the school began in 1987 and was completed in December 1988. The school officially opened to its first batch of students on 3 January 1989.[3]

School identity

School emblem

  • "Berfikir Asas Kebijaksanaan": printed in black, emphasises the importance of thinking skills to succeed.
  • Paddy : the staple food of Malaysians that guarantees health and well-being of students.
  • Year 1989/1409: the opening of SMK Damansara Utama.
  • Flaming torch: symbolises courage, firmness and discipline that is instilled in SMKDU.
  • A betel leaf
  • The colours of the school emblem are the colours of the Malaysian flag.
  • The book, three circles and a serrated wheel shows the determination and perseverance of the students of SMK Damansara Utama in gaining knowledge to achieve

Principals

  • 1992-1993  : Encik Mokhtar bin Taib
  • 1993-1995  : Allahyarham Haji Mohamad bin Haji Taib
  • 1995-2005  : Pn. Hajah Salmah binti Mat Isa
  • 2005–2011  : Puan Hajah Norsham binti Haji Baharuddin
  • 2011–present  : Puan Zulaika A Rahman

Publishing

School Magazine

Titled Memori, it is published yearly.

Achievements

  • Sekolah Kluster Kecemerlangan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia
  • Anugerah Sekolah Harapan Negara - Runner Up
  • The Young Entrepreneur(YE) program won the Best Company and Best Report award in 2010.
  • Sports Achievement; Basketball class of 2009 led by Melvin Ong, Edward Kee, Jian Ming Chip, won five U18 Championship Trophies from the period of 2007-2009

Information

  • Students use the term DUrians to refer SMK Damansara Utama students. It is unknown when this tradition was started as it has been around prior to 2003, contrary to as previously claimed. Coincidentally, Durians also referred to as the King of fruits for which Malaysia is famous for.
  • The students come in earlier than most working people. The first bell rings at 7.20 a.m. and the call is made at 7.15 a.m. indicating the students to be ready at the assembly area. Classes start at 7.30 a.m.
  • The first batch of students in this school were invited from mainly two primary schools i.e. SRK Damansara Utama and SRK Damansara Jaya. Students who did not opt to join SM Damansara Utama mostly continued their studies at SMK Damansara Jaya. For this reason, the students from both high schools compete in sport and academic subjects.
  • In 2008, the former Senior Assistant (until 2007), Datin Norizan was promoted to Principal of SMK Damansara Jaya (retired in 2010).
  • Classrooms for Secondary 1-3 (lowerclassmen) are named after flowers (Anggerik, Cempaka, Dahlia etc.) and classrooms for Secondary 4-5 (upperclassmen) are named after hardwood trees (Belian, Jati, Meranti etc.).

References

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