Integrity - Service - Merit
IN 1920, a group of American and British expatriates living in Manila founded a school whose singular aim was to provide their children with a curriculum that was comparable to that of American schools of that time. The American School opened its doors to students on June 21, 1920 on 606 Taft Avenue, a converted church building. What started as an ambitious undertaking with humble beginnings, with eight teachers and fifty students, is now a fully-fledged international institution with over 2,200 students from over 80 nationalities on a 7-hectare property. Clearly, such transformation did not happen overnight. 95 years of school history were punctuated with changes that were both present inside school walls and in the larger environs of its host country. Borrowing words from the Eclipse, a former magazine publication of the Bamboo Telegraph, "to chronicle the history of International School Manila is to chart the course of the Philippines in the 20th century."
School at the internment camp was forced to close due to illness and malnutrition, resulting in the Senior Class of 1946 being unable to graduate.
On September 02, 1945 Japanese troops surrendered to the American and Filipino forces, ending World War II.
On July 04, 1946 the Philippines was granted Independence from the US.
In September, exactly a year after the Japanese surrendered in Manila, the American School re-opened with Lois Croft back as Principal.