The school age dependents were schooled in Department of Defense Schools located in Frankfurt. School was an important part of dependent life as it allowed them to have contact with other American children apart from their neighborhoods. Socializing was as important as the actual education received.
The elementary school children, grades K-6, went to Frankfurt Elementary #1, which was located in Platten Housing Area in Frankfurt. (Elementary School #2 was located in Betts housing area.) The school mascot was the Bob Cat.
PICTURED ABOVE IS FRANKFURT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (SOURCE AND TIME PERIOD UNKNOWN)
Junior High School students, grades 7-9, attended Frankfurt American Junior High School, the only Junior High School in Frankfurt, which was located in The Drake Casern. (Drake Caserne and Edwards Casern, were across the street from each other so it was commonly called Drake Edwards) The school had clubs and activities but no major organized sports. The school mascot was the Knight.
Entrance to Frankfurt American Junior High School (Picture taken from the 1980-81 Yearbook)
High School students, grades 10-12, attended Frankfurt High School that was located in the IG Farben (later Named the Abrams) complex. The school district for High School was vastly expanded. Children from Darmstadt, Rhein-Main and other outlying areas also attended. There was also a dormitory for those students whose parents were stationed in places where no American school was available or if they too far for travel to be convenient. Sports were an important aspect of school life. The school had organized football, wrestling, and basketball. The number and types of clubs grew vastly as compared to Junior High School. The High School mascot was the American Eagle.
Frankfurt High School Main building in 1976-77 (Picture taken from 1977 Yearbook)
Frankfurt High School Eagle Courtesy of FAHS.org on left Pictured on left is a picture taken from the commemorative closing of Frankfurt High. It notes the dates 1945-1995.
College level courses were offered through the education center. Many universities worked in conjunction with the military to provide college level courses. These were mainly designed for active duty military members; however, dependents were allowed to participate. The University of Maryland did set up a campus in Munich in the late 1970s.
These schools used the same paradigms as were used in American Schools. The curriculum and course work was identical to those found in most stateside schools.
All students from Camp King and other outlying post had to endure a bus ride to get to school. From Camp King the bus ride took about an hour each way. Initially buses were standard Army Buses, usually driven by civilian personnel. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the buses were subcontracted to German companies.
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