The buildings in Hong-Ming High School
Ming-Ze Building (The First Teaching Building)
In memory of the mentor of the school, Xue-Lu Li, this building is named after him, whose also name in Buddhism is Ming-De, to present the school’s ideal and heritage.
The second character of the name “Ze” is inspired by one of the Sixty-four Hexagrams called “Due Hexagram” in the Book of Changes, which is composed of “Li Trigram” and “Ze Trgram,” indicating that a man of noble character should study and practice with friends in peaceful joy. The name of this building is meant to expect the teachers and the students who teach and study in this building to follow what they have learned from the Analects of Confucius: “Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn't it also great when friends visit from distant places?
Ming-Xiu Building (The Second Teaching Building)
In honor of those who have made contributions to this building, the second character of the name, “Xiu,” comes from the majority of the donors of Hong-Ming educational organizations, whose names happen to carry the character “Xiu.” Furthermore, “Xiu” is also defined as “Excellence” in Chinese. By virtue of this definition, we anticipate that students in Hong-Ming High School will grow into excellent people with cultural cultivation.
Ming-Jiang Hall (The Auditorium)
The auditorium is named Ming-Jiang Hall, in which the second character “Jiang” means being strong and healthy in Chinese. All the teachers and students using this place are expected to be healthy and energetic.
“Jiang” also comes from the first hexagram of the Sixty-four Hexagrams called “Qian Hexagram,” which indicates “As Heaven maintains vigor through movement, a man of noble character should constantly strive for self-perfection!” Exercising in this space, teachers and students are expected to emulate the virtue of Heaven and constantly strive for self-perfection.
Ming-Shi Building (The Student Dormitory)
“Shi” means “time” in Chinese, and it also refers to being punctual. Accordingly, the students who stay in the dormitory are expected to live a regular life.
As the 17th Hexagram in the Book of Changes, “Sui Hexagram” indicates, “A man of noble character should take a rest at sunset. How significant it is to follow the order of nature.” The name of the dormitory building is based on this hexagram in the hope that the students will live a regular life and focus on studying just as the sages follow the orbiting of the universe.
Ming-Yi Building (The School Kitchen)
“Yi” refers to the cheeks of a person in Chinese. The school kitchen is named Ming-Yi Building because we hope the teachers and students can enjoy tasty and healthy food to the satisfaction of their cheeks
“Yi Hexagram,” the 27th Hexagram in the Book of Changes, indicates, “A man of noble character should be careful with his language and diet.” Although we have plenty of delicious food on the table to enjoy, we need to be abstemious in eating and drinking. This way, we may stay healthy and enjoy longevity.
含義：「士先器識，然後文藝」，期望使用本 校圖書館的學生，除了增加知識之外，更要 具有恢宏的器識。
Ming- Shi Hall (The School Library)
In Chinese, the word “Shi” is used to describe a person with wide knowledge and illuminating insight. A scholar should cultivate his tolerance and insight before learning knowledge and developing skills. This is the principle for students to follow when they are making use of the library.
“Da-Xu Hexagram,” the 26th Hexagram in the Book of Changes, indicates, “A man of noble character should learn more moral teachings and behavior from precedent paragons to nourish his virtue.”
The explanation of Da-Xu Hexagram is quoted to name the library because a library is a storage space of knowledge and wisdom passed down by precedent paragons. A man of noble character should deeply realize that the development of character is as important as the assimilation of knowledge.