History

The traditional Brentwood Crest

Brentwood College School was founded in 1923 by a Board of Governors led by Cuthbert Holmes and its first Headmaster, H.P. Hope. The school was originally located in Brentwood Bay near Saanich on Vancouver Island, from where its name was derived. Starting with an initial enrolment of fifty boys and a faculty of four, the school gained an enviable reputation through outstanding academic and athletic results. Brentonians remember with pride the achievements of our founding students including Brentwood's first Olympian, Ned Pratt (Class of 1930) and Federal Cabinet Minister, Alastair Gillespie (Class of 1941).

In 1947, the Brentwood Bay campus was destroyed by a fire, leaving only the chapel intact. Despite this, Old Brentonians remained loyal to the spirit of their alma mater and dreamed of rebuilding their school. In September 1961, a board of dedicated alumni, inspired by the enthusiasm of the new Headmaster David Mackenzie, reestablished the school on the shores of Mill Bay, directly across the inlet from the original site.

In 1972, Brentwood College became the first all-boys boarding school in Canada to become co-educational, enrolling twenty brave Grade 12 female students for the fall session. In 1976, Bill Ross was appointed as Headmaster, remaining at the helm until 2000. He was succeeded by Andrea Pennells who served as Head of School until 2012. Bud Patel is our current Head of School.

From its early pioneering days, our school has flourished through the rebuilding of the campus, the development of Brentwood’s unique tripartite program of academics, athletics and arts, and the continuing tradition of leadership and service.

Heads of School

Henry Pollock Hope1923-1932
Martin H. Ellis1932-1939
A.C. Privett 1939-1946
W.K. Molson1946-1947
E. Colchester1947-1948
David D. Mackenzie1961-1976
William T. Ross1976-2000
Andrea M. Pennells2000-2012
Bud Patel2012-present
Students in the old science classroom

 

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60s Brentwood from the air
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1973 dorm room
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