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The Brent International School was founded by a man named Charles Henry Brent. Born 1862 in Canada, he was educated in Toronto and ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada. Between 1901 and 1902 he served in Boston, at a church where poverty, crime, and general squalor encouraged an increased religious presence. The Philippines had been acquired by the United States in the Spanish-American War, and the Episcopal Church saw an opportunity; Brent was elected as Missionary Bishop of the Philippines and sent over on the same boat with “Dollar Diplomacy” imperialist William H. Taft, then Governor of the Islands.
Bishop Brent largely focused his ministry upon certain subjects, namely education, drugs, and Christian unity. The Philippines provided him with an ideal home base from which to crusade against opium, which became both a cause célèbre and a means to international recognition. The Opium Conference in Shanghai named him President in 1909 (the year in which the Brent School Baguio was founded).
Before Brent’s arrival, American military families stationed in the Philippines had sent their sons to boarding school at the institution that became Brent School Baguio. Now, Brent School Baguio has become a co–educational boarding and day school with an international K – 12 student body educated and developed in the ideals of the Episcopal Church.
Brent declined three elections to serve as bishop in the United States, but ultimately left the Philippines in 1918 to take the position as Bishop of Western New York. He later presided over the 1927 World Conference on Faith and Order in Switzerland, where he died in 1929.
In 1984, Brent School Manila was established, and ten years later a third Brent school was annexed in Subic for “children of foreign investors and those of the local community”. In 1997, the three schools were incorporated separately, and each now has its own Board of Trustees under the Corporation, which should allow more efficient utilization of available resources. Brent Manila began construction in the same year on The South Campus, an entirely new campus in Mamplasan, Biñan, which replaced the Pasig campus entirely by 2008.