Nile C. Kinnick High School

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Nile C. Kinnick High School is a DoDEA high school now located in US Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. It was renamed in 1959 for Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr. This school usually has 500 to 600 students and is about 45 km from Tokyo. Kinnick High School is commonly referred to as Yo-Hi, which originally stood for Yokohama High; Yokohama being the area where most students came from.

Kinnick High School is an NCA accredited institution, and therefore charges around $20,000/year of tuition to non-military-dependents.


Kinnick High School was first established in the Yamate district during the occupation following World War II. Then it moved to the Honmoku district of Yokohama, close to where a former Navy Exchange used to be. In 1971, the school permanently relocated to Yokosuka. Currently, Kinnick High School is located by the Main Street Food Court, the Purdy Gym, the Bowling Alley, and the Navy Exchange store on Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

Kinnick High School offers its students a wide variety of programs and areas of study, including culinary arts, drama, music, and AP courses.

The current principal of Kinnick High School is Emmalie Lee,and the current assistant principal is Cheryl Tibbs, both since 2012.


Due to its generous Department of Defense funding, Kinnick has accumulated an impressive array of technology, including hundreds of PCs and SmartBoards, their own Microsoft SharePoint server, rooms full of musical instruments (pianos, woodwinds, brass instruments, stringed instruments, drums, and so on), a school-wide intercom and bell system, several science labs, a fleet of modern, and relatively luxurious student buses.

Navy JROTC[edit]

Nile C. Kinnick High School offers a NJROTC program which students may opt to join and is instructed by two Naval Science Instructors, SNSI LCDR Kevin Mode (Ret.) and NSI 1st. Sgt. David Grinstead (Ret.)

The Navy JROTC program also offers extracurricular activities in itself, with teams including:

  • Color Guard
  • Honor Guard
  • Armed Drill
  • Unarmed Drill
  • Sporting Rifle Team
  • Flag Detail
  • Raider Challenge

Music Programs[edit]

Nile C. Kinnick High School offers a variety of musical education programs, including:

  • String Orchestra
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Computer Music
  • Vocal Ensembles
  • Piano


Students attending Kinnick may participate in the following sports programs:

  • Girls volleyball steadily increased their record under transfer coach from Guam Al Garrido. 2007 finished 5th; 2008 finished 3rd; 2009 finished first with a 27-0 record and first Volleyball title in the school's 50-year history. In 2010, the Red Devils defended their Kanto League Title and went 27-1 for their second straight championship. The Red Devils have been the DoDDS Japan Champions for four years in a row.
  • Boxing (With and Without Protection)
  • Tennis
  • Football (contact version)
  • Swimming (class held at the Purdy Gym's pool)
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Baseball (ranked 1 last two years)
  • Wrestling (2nd place Far East)
  • Softball (1st place Far East)
  • Cross Country (Boys Far East Champions, 3rd overall 2009)
  • Track and Field (Girls finished undefeated in 2010 and claimed the trifecta of titles - Far East, Kanto regular season, Kanto Invitational)

Notable alumni[edit]

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