The Claret School of Quezon City
, Claret School
) is a Catholic school
for boys run by the Claretian Missionaries and established in June 1967. It was named after its patron saint, St. Anthony Mary Claret
, who founded the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
. It is located at Mahinhin Street, U.P. Village, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
The Claretian fathers dreamt to build a school in the Philippines after they had started their missions in Zamboanga
. The fathers needed a base to serve as the center for Claretian activities in the country. In the late 1960s, Fr. José Querexta, CMF acquired the 29,000 square meter lot in UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City. In 1967, the construction of the first two buildings of the school (Xifré and Clotet) were supervised by Fr. Miguel Mialet, CMF. Fr. Santiago González, CMF was the first school director. Under his guidance the school quickly grew to include the Intermediate Grade School Department in 1968 and the High School Department in 1972. In the 1970s the school included an upgrade of the old covered court into today's gymnasium, and The Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.
In 1981, Fr. González was replaced by Fr. Julián Mateos, CMF; Jesús Vásquez, CMF; Emilio Pablo, CMF; Fr. Luis Fernández Rey, CMF; and Fr. Domingo Moraleda, CMF. From 1981 until 1995, the school was transferred under the supervision of Dr. Enrique Coralejo, a lay director.
The 1990 earthquake
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