Father Dueñas Memorial School
|Father Dueñas Memorial School|
|119 Dueñas Lane, Dededo GU 96910
Dededo, Guam 96910
|Motto||Fortes in Fide
(Strong in the Faith)
|Principal||Fr. Jeff San Nicolas ('84)|
|Vice principal||Anthony Thompson|
|Enrollment||420 (SY 2013-2014)|
|Number of students||420|
|Color(s)||Maroon & Gold|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
Most Rev. Appolinaris W. Baumgartner, OFM Cap. founded the school in 1948. It was named after Father Jesus Baza Dueñas, a Chamorro priest who was beheaded by Japanese forces during World War II. The school began as a seminary to teach young men to become priests; it became a university preparatory school.
On October 1, 1948, Bishop Apolinaris Baumgartner, OFM Cap. established Father Dueñas Memorial School (FDMS) as a minor seminary and a high school for young men, near the site of Fr. Duenas’ martyrdom. The Stigmatine Fathers were the first administrators of FDMS and the school graduated its first batch of 11 young men in 1950. The first buildings were simple Quonset huts that were gradually replaced by concrete structures with the help of the FD families and community volunteers.
Subsequently, FDMS was administered by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars (1959-1974), the Marist Brothers (1974-1989), the Canons Regular (1989-1991), Mr. Jack Stettenbenz (1991), Mr. William Roth (1991-2009), the Salesians of Don Bosco (2009-2012) and currently, Fr. Jeffrey C. San Nicolas as principal and Mr. Tony Thompson as vice-principal.
As a college preparatory school, students are required to take four years of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and theology.
Students at Father Dueñas Memorial School compete in numerous academic competitions each year. Academic competitions include the American Mathematics Competition, Academic Challenge Bowl, Mock Trial, and the National Forensic League.
Father Dueñas Memorial School is the only private school on island to offer all of the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam (IIAAG) sports for boys. These sports include football, golf, basketball, paddling, cross country, soccer, rugby, volleyball, track and field, wrestling, baseball, and tennis.
To ensure student success, Father Dueñas Memorial School encourages student participation in areas outside of academics and athletics. Every year since 1981, the schools hosts its annual songfest competition. Starting out as a simple song competition among each class currently in attendance, it has evolved over the years to include multiple performances by each class, with choreography and visual effects.
In addition to songfest, the students participate in an annual Christmas concert and are afforded the opportunity to audition and participate in the school production.
The Father Dueñas Memorial School Navy Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corp Phoenix Company was started by Commander Charles E. White in 1973, as the one of the first JROTC programs on the island and the only NJROTC program at the time. Though initially difficult due to the school's small size and island's relative distance from the mainland United States, the program eventually flourished into what it is today. It is currently the only JROTC program offered at a private school on the island. With approximately 20-25% of the school's population enrolled in the program at any given time, the program has the highest percentage of students in the JROTC program out of Guam's schools that have JROTC program established. The program is known for sending graduates to the United States Service academies or the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program each year. Notable graduates of the program include Governor Felix Camacho ('76) and Rear Admiral Peter Gumataotao ('76).
- Governor Felix Camacho ('76)
- Rear Admiral Peter Gumataotao ('76)
- Governor Eddie Baza Calvo ('79)
- Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. ('84)
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