US’s only Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist high school under new leadership

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Pacific Buddhist Academy — the only Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist high school in the United States — is now under new leadership. Rob Cody, who is currently the principal of Northbridge International School Cambodia in Phnom Penh, will replace Pieper Toyama, who helped found the school and will be retiring when the transition takes place in June.

The private, co-ed, accredited Pacific Buddhist Academy was founded in 2003 and is open to all, regardless of faith. It “offers a curriculum designed to foster Buddhist values of gratitude, compassion and respect for each individual, rather than the typical educational model focused on high-pressure tests.” You can learn more about them at