The Society of Jesus upon the invitation of Msgr. Clovis Thibault, PME, founded the Ateneo de Davao. They took over the St. Peter’s Academy, a parish grade, and high school. The Ateneo High School opened in June 1948, and in 1951, the College of Arts and Sciences opened, too.
The Ateneo de Davao College of Law was established in June 1961 by then-Rector Rev. Hudson Mitchell, S.J. Ateneo de Davao College of Law has been consistently garnering high passing rates. To date, eight of its graduates have made it to the top ten in the bar exams (as of 2003).
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