About AdZU (History)

test The Ateneo de Zamboanga began in 1912 as Escuela Catolica, a parochial school run by Spanish Jesuits at the old site of the Immaculate Conception Church, right across the Sunken Garden. Fr. Manuel M. Sauras, S.J. was the first director.

In 1916, the Escuela Catolica became the Ateneo de Zamboanga.
In 1930, the American Jesuits took over from the Spanish Jesuits with Fr. Thomas Murray, S.J. as the first American director. Classes were also held in the Knights of Columbus (K of C) buildng, now the site City Theater.

The first high school students graduated from Ateneo in 1932.

In 1938, a library was built on the first floor of the K of C Building. A facade, an auditorium, and an annex were also built. John Shinn was appointed headmaster of the Grade School and Fr. Francis Clark, S.J. became the principal and dean of discipline of the High School. The school was closed during World War II. It was used by the Japanese as a public elementary school until it was shelled and bombed by the American forces on March 8 and 9 in 1945, prior to the liberation of the city.

The high school reopened in 1947, with a nipa-sawali building on a new site outside the poblacion called Jardin de Chino along Camino Nuevo. It was providential that shortly before the outbreak of the World War II, Fr. Eusebio Salvador, S.J. had bought 18 adjoining lots in that section.

In 1948, the school was officially recognized as a Jesuit school separate from the parish.

The post liberation years were a period of rapid physical, curricular, and enrollment expansion for the school. A college was established in 1952 and the graduate school in 1976.

In the 1980s Fr. Ernesto A. Carretero, SJ started the work to acquire for the Ateneo de Zamboanga a university status. The efforts were continued by when Fr. William H. Kreutz, SJ came as president in 1989. The years of hard work finally paid off when, on August 20, 2001, the Ateneo de Zamboanga was declared a university by the Commission on Higher Education.

Moreover, the school was granted a Fully Autonomous status – one of only 30 higher education institutions in the country to be granted full deregulation and autonomy, and the only one in Western Mindanao. CHED awards full autonomous status to centers of excellence or centers of development with a long tradition of integrity and excellence in education/training, research, and community extension service. CHED also considers the school’s program with Level III accredited status and performance in the government licensure examinations.

The inauguration of Ateneo de Zamboanga as a university was held on December 8, 2001 during the celebration of the Ateneo Fiesta, the Alumni Homecoming and the Feast day of the Immaculate Concepcion, Patroness of the Ateneo.

(Based on “Memories of a Hail Mary School” by Mr. Restituto Banico)

1912 Established as Escuela Catholica
1916 Ateneo de Zamboanga named
1928 High School was established
1952 College programs started
1969 Designated Citizens National Electoral Assembly Center
1975 PAASCU Accreditation of High School
1976 Graduate School First Programs
1978 Designated Regional Center for Center for Educational Measurement
1980 Faculty Ranking Structures
1981 Made a DOST node for Teacher Training Breeder Sciences
1981 PAASCU Accreditation for College Programs
1981 Research Development and Planning Office (RDPO) Established
1981 Set up the Summer Teacher Institute for Renewal (STIR)
1982 Implementation of Unicefs Accelerated Teacher Training for Cultural Communities
1982 Ateneo Computer Center(ACC) established
1984 Campus Ministry (CM) established
1984 Named a NAMFREL Center
1984 Began Non-Formal Education Program in Manicahan
1986 Ateneo Business Resource Foundation, Inc. (ABRFI) established
1986 Joined Mindanao University Science Consortium
1987 Learning Resource Center (LRC) Building Inaugurated
1987 PAASCU Accreditation for all College level III
1987 Social Awareness and Community Services Involvement (SACSI) established
1989 Fr William Kreutz, SJ, begins term as President
1989 Ateneo de Zamboanga University Metro Manila Alumni Association founded and first set of officers inducted
1991 Designated Institute for Local Governance and Administration (ILGA)
1992 Designated FAPE Center for Graduate Studies in 2 programs
1992 Institute of Cultural Studies for Western Mindanao(ICSWM) established
1992 Center for Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) launched
1993 Received DOST Science Grant
1993 PAASCU Accreditation for Grade School
1994 Civil Service Commission MBA Scholars for Region IX assigned to ADZ
1994 Online Library Catalogue put in place
1994 Zamboanga Medical School Foundation, Inc. established
1994 Zamboanga Cathechetical Institute (ZCI) set up
1994 AdZU starts tradition of giving special awards to individuals and organizations that embody ideals of Men and Women for Others
1996 Center for Community Extension Services (CCES) put up
1996 Internet Service Provider for Schools ZAMBONET
1996 Named a Professional Basic Education (PROBE) node
1996 ADZ WEB SITE put in the Internet
1997 Recepient of CHED Information Technology Grant
1997 Designated CHED Mindanao Advanced Education Project (MAEP) node
1997 Center for Local Governance put up with Philippine Business for Social
Progress (PBSP) support
1997 Ph.D. Programs inaugurated
1997 Staff Ranking begins
1998 Named CHED Center of Development for Business and Management Education
1998 Began Ignatian Spirituality for Education Workshop (ISEW) Formation Program
1998 Local Government Support Program (LGSP)
1999 Ateneo Information Technology Center (AITC) established
1999 Ateneo Peace Institute established
1999 Named CHED Center of Development for Information Technology
2000 Basilan Intervention Program began
2000 Faculty Chairs started
2000 Institute for Human Resource and Organization Development System
(INHRODS) established
2001 New College Building completed
2001 Multi-Purpose Covered Courts completed
2001 Granted University Status by CHED
2001 Granted Full Deregulation and Autonomy by by Commission on Higher Education
2002 Research, Development and Planning Office renamed as Ateneo
Research Office (ARO)
2003 Ateneo Research Office renamed as Ateneo Research Center (ARC)
2004 College of Arts and Sciences split into two new colleges: College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
and College of Science and Information Technology (CSIT)
2004 College of Commerce and Accountancy renamed as College
of Management and Accountancy (CMA)
2004 BSN Professional Program offered
2004 School of Medicine given over to ADZU by the Zamboanga Medical School
2004 Grade School re-accredited by PAASCU for a period of five years
2004 Zamboanga Medical School Foundation (ZMSF) is absorbed by the university and
becomes the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (ADZU-SOM)
2005 Groundbreaking of the ADZU Tumaga campus
2005 Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago (GPA) constructed
2006 High School in Tumaga opened and named the Fr William H Kreutz, SJ campus
2006 First installation ceremony of a university president
2006 High School classes held for the first time in Tumaga campus
2007 Office of Personnel Services renamed as Human Resource Administration and
Development Office (HRADO)
2007 Fr Antonio Moreno, SJ, assumes University presidency
2007 Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ formally installed as President
2007 Office of Alumni Relations renamed as Office of the Alumni Relations and
Development (OARD)
2007 Social Development Council (SDC) created
2007 Autonomous status of ADZU granted by CHED for a period of one year
2008 Office of the Senior Dean renamed as Office of the Academic Vice-President (AVP)
2008 College of Liberal Arts vertically articulated and renamed as School of Liberal Arts
2008 Chinese (Mandarin) program offered to Basic Education and some programs
in the tertiary level
2008 Computer Center renamed as Center of Information Technology Services (CITS)
2008 Research and Publication Council (RPC) created
2008 Colleges re-accredited Level III by PAASCU for a period of five years
2008 Ateneo Multi-Media Program (AMMP) formally created
2009 Center for Leadership and Governance (CLG) created
2009 College of Management and Accountancy vertically articulated and renamed as
School of Management and Accountancy (SMA)
2009 Institute of Cultural Studies for Western Mindanao and Ateneo Peace Institute
merged into Ateneo Peace and Culture Institute (APCI)
2009 Formation Office (then a Cluster) spearheaded institutional renewal along the themes of Excellence, Spirituality and Citizenship, leading to the Centennial Jubilee Year
2010 College of Education restructured and renamed School of Education
2011 AdZU granted authority to operate College of Law then called Xavier University College of Law – Zamboanga
2011 Sauras Hall construction completed
2012 Ateneo de Zamboanga University celebrates Centennial Year
2012 Dedication of the altar and blessing of the University Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (then the Sacred Heart Chapel)
2012 Opening of the Centennial Square Garden and christening of the La Purisima campus as the Fr Eusebio Salvador, SJ campus
2012 Unveiling of the marker at the site of the original Ateneo School at Plaza Pershing
2012 Declaration of three (3) acacia trees in Salvador campus as century-old or heritage trees
2013 Fr Karel San Juan, SJ, takes his oath as President
2013 Blessing of the Social Development Offices in the Jose Maria Rosauro, SJ Hall
2015 Grade School transfers to Kreutz campus, Tumaga
2016 College of Science and Information Technology designated as CHED Center of Development
2016 School of Education designated as CHED Center of Excellence for Teacher Education for 3 years
2016 Senior High School established
2016 Brebeuf Gymnasium razed to the ground by fire
2017 Junior High School granted PAASCU Level III Accreditation