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Brentwood College School

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Brentwood College School
Brentwood College School Crest.gif
De Manu in Manum
From Hand To Hand
2735 Mount Baker Road
Mill Bay, British Columbia, V0R 2P1
School type Private Day and Boarding
Founded 1923
Head of School Bud Patel
Staff 135[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 350 boarders and 80 local day students[2]
Language English
Area 47 acres (190,000 m2)
Colour(s) Red and Black
Mascot Big Torch
Last updated: 2009

Brentwood College School is a co-educational boarding school that focuses on preparing students for the challenges of post-secondary education.[3] This school is located on Vancouver Island in Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada.


Brentwood was first founded in 1923. The original location was in Brentwood Bay near Saanich on Vancouver Island, from where its name was derived. The original school was destroyed by a fire in 1947, leaving only the chapel intact. The current school is located westward directly across the bay from the original site, in Mill Bay. The new version of the school opened in September 1961. In 1972, Brentwood College became the first all-boys boarding school in Canada to gradually integrate girls, starting with 20 grade 12 students, becoming officially co-ed for the fall session.[4]


Aerial view of campus
Aerial view of Brentwood College School

This oceanfront school has tennis courts, rugby fields, eight student residences, two academic buildings, a rowing boat house, laundry facilities, a cafeteria, a sportsplex, and a health center.

Sustainable buildings

photo of the Bunch Theatre
T. Gil Bunch Centre

In 1995, the T. Gill Bunch Centre was built. This 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) performing arts centre houses a theatre in addition to acting, dance, and singing facilities. This building uses a geothermal loop for heating and cooling as part of the school's commitment to sustainable energy.[5][6] A new dining hall and student services centre was completed in February, 2010. This new facility has been designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Practices have also been taught to the students in order to assist the faculty in consuming less water and electricity.


Brentwood offers university preparatory education from grade 9 to 12. Brentwood has been ranked consistently as one of the top academic high schools in British Columbia. Students participate in Brentwood's tri-partite programme (academics, arts, and sports). All graduates attend post-secondary education (78% to their first choice of university). The most popular countries for post-secondary education are Canada, Scotland, England, and the United States. 2009 graduates received offers from over 100 universities, including Oxford University, Duke University, Brown University, Colgate University, Queen's University, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, and University of St Andrews.

Students can take British Columbia provincial examinations, Advanced Placement exams, courses and the American SAT prep tutorials.

Advanced Placement Courses

Athletic Programs

Art Programs

Extracurricular activities, clubs and organizations


Currently, the school offers bursaries, financial aid, and The Governor's Entrance Scholarship to eligible Canadian students. Approximately 20% of students receive some type of financial assistance.



  • 2009 Rowing Boys Overall Points National Champions
  • 2009 Rowing Junior Boys National Champions (4 Gold)
  • 2009 Provincial Champions, Girls' Rugby
  • 2009, 2008 Provincial Champions, Boys’ Rugby
  • 2008 Canadian Junior Boys & Junior Girls National High School Champions, Rowing
  • 2007 Provincial, ISA & Vancouver Island Champions, Girls’ Volleyball
  • 2007 Finalist, Henley Royal Regatta, England, Rowing
  • 2007 Rowing Senior Men National Champions (8 and 4)
  • 2007 Rugby Provincial Finalists, Boys’ Rugby
  • 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000 Canadian Men’s National High School Champions, Rowing
  • 2006 Provincial, Vancouver Island and ISA Champions, Girls’ Volleyball
  • 2006 Vancouver Island Champions, Boys’ Soccer
  • 2006 ISA Champions, Junior Boys’ Soccer
  • 2005 ISA and Vancouver Island Champions, Girls’ Field Hockey
  • 2005 Canadian Junior Boys’ National High School Champions, Rowing
  • 2005 Cowichan Valley High School Champions, Ice Hockey
  • 2005 Bronze Mid Island Championships, Junior Boys’ Basketball
  • 2005 Mid Island Champions, Junior Girls’ Basketball
  • 2005 Provincial bronze medallists, Boys’ Rugby
  • 2005, 2004 Provincial Girls’ Rugby Champions (Tier 2)
  • 2004, 2001, 2000 Provincial Tennis Champions
  • 2003 Canadian Women’s National High School Lightweight Champions, Rowing
  • 2003 Canadian Champions - Overall points - Girls - Rowing
  • 2001, 2000 Canadian National High School Champions, Rowing


Regatta crowd in front of Ross Building
Spectators and rowers at 2009 Brentwood Regatta

Brentwood College has been continuing to gain a sound reputation in the rowing world.[7] Brentwood College graduates include 2008 Beijing Olympic medalists Scott Frandsen (Class of 1998), Dave Calder (Class of 1996) in the Men's Heavyweight 2- event, and Malcolm Howard (Class of 2001) in the Men's Heavyweight 8+ event.

Brentwood has hosted its own regatta annually since the early 1970s, inviting high schools and junior clubs across Canada and the United States to participate in a 1,500 metre sprint. The regatta is held every year in April for three days. The Brentwood regatta is a large high school rowing regatta, attracting over 1,500 athletes and coaches in 2009.[8]

Notable alumni

Olympic athletes

The following Olympic athletes attended Brentwood College.

Name Graduation Year Sport Competition Years
Ned Pratt 1930 Rowing 1932
Bruce Ford left in 1970 Rowing 1980–1988
Jim Henniger 1973 Rowing 1974–1976
Marius Felix 1977 Rowing 1979–1980
Sarah Ogilvie 1977 Rowing 1988
Ian Roberts 1977 Equestrian 2004
Paul Tessier 1977 Rowing 1984
Pat Walter 1977 Rowing 1979–1988
Blair Horn 1979 Rowing 1983–1984
Harold Backer 1980 Rowing 1980–1992
Tim Christian 1980 Rowing 1984
David Ross 1981 Rowing 1983–1988
Tan Barkley 1983 Rowing 1984
Jamie Shafer 1983 Rowing 1986–1988
Darren Barber 1987 Rowing 1991–2004
Jennifer Browett 1990 Rowing 1994–1999
Morgan Crooks 1994 Rowing 1997–2000
David Calder 1996 Rowing 1997-ongoing
Tom Herschmiller 1996 Rowing 1998–2004
Kevin White 1996 Rowing 1999–2000
Scott Frandsen 1998 Rowing 2002-ongoing
Connor Grimes 2001 Field Hockey 2002-ongoing
Malcolm Howard 2001 Rowing 2004-ongoing

Medals won:

  • Gold: Blair Horn, Darren Barber, Malcolm Howard.
  • Silver: Tom Herschmiller, Scott Frandsen, Dave Calder.
  • Bronze: Ned Pratt, Bruce Ford.



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Coordinates: 48°39′11″N 123°33′14″W / 48.65306°N 123.55389°W / 48.65306; -123.55389