HUMBLE BEGINNING OF OUR SCHOOL
The Jose Fabella Memorial School (JFMS) formerly known as Welfareville School was formally established on December 3, 1925 by the National Government by virtue of Republic Act No. 815 passed by the Philippine Legislature. The said law provided for the creation of a school in the institution to take care, to educate, and to train orphans, defectives, delinquents, the aged, and the infirm. Responsible for organizing the school were Dr. Jose Fabella, then Commissioner of the office of the Public Welfare Commission, and Mrs. Josefa Martinez, then Chief of the Department of Children Division.
The Orphanage School was established in San Pedro, Makati, Metro Manila, which later became the nucleus of JFMS. Later Dr. Jose Fabella purchased 52 hectares of land in San Felipe Neri, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, which is now the sprawling Welfareville Compound.
For many years, service its operation, the Administration wanted to change the name of Welfareville to Jose Fabella Memorial School, in honor of the Father of Social Work, the First Commissioner of the Office of Public Welfare. This was deemed necessary to remove the stigma attached to the Welfareville School. The idea came into reality when the proposed act was approved by the Senate and House of Representatives on June 21, 1963 under Republic act No. 3576 under the Reorganization Plan of the then Department of Social Welfare, the school was placed under the administration and supervision of the Special Subjects and Services Division of the Bureau of Public School and later to the Special Education Unit, National Capital Region.
Under the dispersal program, and inline with the integrated school services program of the government, the different units of JFMS were relocated in the different places within and outside Metro Manila. Most of which are under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
At present, with the creation of R.A. No. 9155 or the Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001 the school is now under the Supervision of the City Schools of Mandaluyong.
The Jose Fabella Memorial School as it is popularly known today comprises a number of Units. They are as follows: Nayon ng Kabataan (NK), Bagong Sinag Special School (BSSS), Jose Fabella Center (JFC), Molave Youth Homes (MYH), DDB-EU-TRC, CRIBS Philippines, Special Learning Center (SLC), Department of Health Treatment Rehabilitation Center (DOH TRC), Elsie Gaches Village (EGV), National Training School for Girls (NTSG), HAVEN for Children, and National Training School for Boys (NTSB) in Tanay.