David Sutherland Hibbard

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There were fifteen boys that first morning...

Dr. David Sutherland Hibbard was an American Presbyterian missionary who went to the Philippines to establish, Silliman University, the first American and Protestant school in the country after the Spanish-American war. Hibbard was noted for his contribution to Philippine education. For this reason, the Province of Oriental Negros passed a resolution declaring him as an "Adopted Son" of the Province. For the same reason, the University of the Philippines in 1937 conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa. This was later on followed by a Diploma of Merit from the Government of the Philippines during the country's 50th anniversary of its public school system, citing his "long, untiring, and distinguished service to private education, as president emeritus of Silliman, and for being the oldest living former private school head".


  • There were fifteen boys that first morning. The equipment consisted of four desks about ten feet long, two tables and two chairs, a few McGuffey’s Readers, a few geographies, arithmetics and ninth-grade grammars. I was President; Mrs. Hibbard was the faculty.
    • A comment made by David Hibbard after the school's founding, Carson, Arthur L. (1965), Silliman University 1901-1959, United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, p. 1.
  • What is it that Silliman University wears under your necktie that is your heart but which shines forth on your face? … they are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control .. these are fruits of the Spirit …they are what Silliman wants you to wear in your hearts.

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