The Real School Archive was established with the aim of collecting, documenting, preserving, and presenting the history of the school to future generations. The history of the school shaped the beginning of Hebrew education in the Land of Israel and is intertwined with the history of the Jewish community in Haifa and the development of urban and national institutions. The school is a key pillar in the development of the Israeli education system, in the development of curricula, in value education, and in shaping the face of Israeli society, its educators, leaders, and pathfinders.
The archives were first established in the collections of protocols and basic documents even before the opening of its gates, which were kept by Dr. Arthur Biram, the school’s founder, and his successor, Yosef Ozerkovsky (Azariahu). In charge of the archive, its management, and the collection of materials during this period.
The archive preserves the educational heritage and extensive public activities of the school’s founders, teachers, and graduates from its inception to the present day. At the same time, the archive presents challenges, which stemmed from the difficulties of the school’s establishment, the development of Hebrew teaching during the British Mandate and the establishment of the state of Israel, the absorption and integration of immigrants, teaching reforms, from the budgetary struggle and from structural changes. In parallel, the archive presents the school’s contribution to the development and the promotion of the teaching professions (including the establishment of the Beit Midrash for teachers), value-driven education – personal commitment, national service, physical fitness education, the foundation of the Scouts, Gadna, and the military boarding school (1953).
The Archive further presents the development of innovative curricula alongside academicization in Teaching and developments in science and technology, ICT teaching, and the development of the school’s external relations with Jewish schools and communities around the world.