Kubasaki High School

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Kubasaki High School
Kubasaki High School.jpg
MCB Camp Foster
Coordinates 26°18′20″N 127°46′51″E / 26.305419°N 127.780867°E / 26.305419; 127.780867Coordinates: 26°18′20″N 127°46′51″E / 26.305419°N 127.780867°E / 26.305419; 127.780867
School type Private school; admission restricted to eligible dependents of Department of Defense (DoD) personnel. Dependents of non-military federal, DoD contractors, or DoD technical support personnel may enroll on a tuition-paid, space-available basis.
Motto Crede quod habes et habes
("Believe you have, and you have")
Established 1946
Status Open
Authority Department of Defense Dependents Schools
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Green and White
Athletics conference Far East Conference
Mascot Dragon
Newspaper Typhoon
Yearbook Torii

Kubasaki High School (クバサキ高校?, Kubasaki Kōkō) is a United States Department of Defense Dependents School on Okinawa. Kubasaki is the second oldest operating high school in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools system.[citation needed] Only W.T. Sampson High School (1931) at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba is older.[1][2]


The first classes started sometime in November 1946 at a site named Okinawa University Study Center in Camp Hayward with Dr. Theodora J. Koob as its founder and first principal.[3] Classes were held on the site of Okinawa University Study Center in a large quonset hut under the name "Okinawa University School".[4] The first classes consisted of 30 students and faculty; the initial schedule consisting of a half day, six days per week and was inclusive of only six grades.[4] Middle and high school grade children were included sometime between November 1946 and March 1947.[4][5] The school newspaper was The Quonsetter. There was no yearbook printed in 1947.[6]

In the fall of 1947 classes opened the school year in a group of 15 Butler-type prefabricated buildings in the Awase housing area with 177 students and 11 teachers serving grades 1 through 12.[7] 1947-1948 was the first year that high school seniors attended Okinawa University School.[6] A problem with graduating seniors was the lack of accreditation of the school; however, on March 11, 1948 through the efforts of Dr. Theodora Koob, Okinawa University School received accreditation from The Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools.[6]

The first school yearbook was printed in 1948 and was called the Torii. The school newspaper was called the Typhoon.[6][8] In July 1949, Typhoon Gloria destroyed the school and delayed the opening of the school year.[6][9] When school did begin, teachers and students were forced to conduct their classes in two temporary family residences in the "New Sukiran Housing Area" (Zukeran, now known as Camp Foster).[6][9] In November of that year, the school name was changed to "Okinawa-American Dependent High School" and moved back to the Awase Housing Area in quonset huts.[6][9] Later, communist aggression on the Korean Peninsula necessitated a ban on dependent travel in East Asia, resulting in few new students enrolled until 1951.[6] At some point before 1952, the school name was changed to Okinawa-American Dependent School. In 1952 during the publication of the fifth Torii, the Dragon was chosen as the mascot.[6][10][11]

By 1952 rising enrollment forced a move to another set of quonsets at the Army Training School at Camp Kubasaki.[6] The high school kids were moved to the new campus at Camp Kubasaki while the elementary and middle school kids remained at Awase. The name of the high school was changed in the fall of 1952 to Okinawa-American Dependents High School.[12] Sometime between the fall of 1952 and the fall of 1955 the school name was changed again to Kubasaki American High School,[13][14]

In 1958, the school was moved into partitioned barracks in the Port Wheel area of Naha. By the early 1960s, the school was hosting grades 10 through 12.[citation needed]

In 1964, the school moved to its present and permanent location in the Kishaba Terrace housing area, adjacent to the U.S. Army post of Fort Buckner, and was renamed Kubasaki High School.[citation needed]

Kubasaki High School has withstood destruction from fire and typhoons on six campuses in five locations and with four names.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student activities and groups include Associated Student Body, Chorus, Class elected officers, Seminar Representatives, Drama, Far East Activity Council events, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, Band, MCJROTC, Model United Nations, Intellectual Cultural Society, Chess Club, Ryukyuan American Tomodachi Organization, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, School Newspaper (Typhoon), Science & Humanities Symposium, Student-2-Student, Yearbook (Torii), and International Thespian Society.

Typhoon. The student newspaper of Kubasaki High School was established in 1964, when the present day Kubasaki High School was opened in Kishaba Terrace. During the late 1960s, the school newspaper gained national and international fame, winning 12 straight All American ratings from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). In 1972, it was shortlisted for the Pacemaker Award as the top high school newspaper in America, edited that year by Joe Van Eaton. Quill and Scroll awarded the Typhoon the George H. Gallup Award for excellence in 1972 (edited by Mark Tunis). John Weldon was principal at this time. The Typhoon has been the only Department of Defense high school to win an All American rating and was under the advisership of Bill Hobbs. The student newspaper was printed locally by Okinawan printers. The Typhoon was the product of both extra-curricular students and the journalism class, taught and advised by Bill Hobbs.

Torii. The student yearbook of Kubasaki was founded in 1961. In 1967, the Torii began production on a much larger scale, eventually becoming the largest single school Department of Defense high school yearbook with 336 pages in 1973, advised by Bill Hobbs. (This record was eclipsed in 1987 when Focus, student yearbook of Frankfurt (Germany) American High School published an All American book of 352 pages.) In 1971, edited by sophomore Frank Day, the Torii received an All American rating (the first of any DoD high school) by the NSPA. The Torii was printed stateside after the new Kubasaki was established in 1964. Principal Virginia Lee was instrumental in making the yearbook "more stateside" in its production and Walsworth Publishing CO., with a representative in the Far East advised. In 1973, when the school had almost 2000 students, grade 10 through 12, some 1200 copies were ordered from Taylor Publishing Co.

Quill and Scroll honorary journalistic society was established at Kubasaki High School in the spring of 1971, with Teresa Sheehan as its first president. In 1973,under its president Harvey Humphrey, this chapter was named the Bill Hobbs Chapter in honor of its founding adviser.


The Kubasaki Dragons compete in interscholastic competition with other DoDDS schools and local Okinawan schools. Kubasaki fields teams in baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, coed cheerleading, girls' and boys' cross country, football, boys' and girls' golf, boys' and girls' soccer, softball, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' track and field, girls' volleyball, and wrestling. High school students can also join the local Okinawa Dolphins swim team and earn a letter.


Kubasaki has a prep football legacy going back to the start of the Cold War era.

As KHS was the only school on the island with active varsity and JV gridiron programs at the time, teams were determined by the general location on-island the players were from. From the 1950s through the 1980s, Kubasaki's legacy teams and colors were Kadena Falcons (blue & white), Sukiran (later Zukeran) Knights (black & white), and Naha Eagles (red & white).

The team names, mascots, and colors carried-over to Kubasaki's basketball and wrestling squads.

As there was no football field or stadium at Kubasaki's previous campuses (and, until recently, the present Kishaba campus), each team had their respective "home field" stadium. MacDonald Stadium on Kadena Air Base was home to the Falcons; the Sukiran Knights shared Rambler Field at Sukiran Stadium in the Camp Sukiran Troop Area (now known as Marine Corps Base Camp Foster) with the Army's intramural football team, the Rangers; and the Eagles claimed Naha Field at Naha Air Base as their home turf.

By the mid-1970s, a fourth "expansion team" — Kubasaki Warriors (gold & white) — was added due to the large post-Vietnam student population and to give those prep athletes an opportunity to play.

For regional games against opponents on mainland Japan, an "all-star" team of top players from all three (and later, four) Kubasaki varsity squads were selected and sported the green and white uniforms of the Kubasaki Dragons.

The legacy teams were dissolved with the opening of Kubasaki's new "cross-town rivals," Kadena High School on Kadena Air Base in 1981.

Kubasaki has the Varsity Dragons and the JV Dragons. At the beginning of the season, these teams are not formed. Instead, they make up the Green Squad and White Squad, and they have scrimmages against themselves.

The Kubasaki All-Stars lost the first "Cherry Bowl" game 30-0 in Yamato Japan (1961) to the Narimasu Dragons; coincidentally, this game was held on the 20th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

They split two games with Kanto Plains champion Yokota High School in the 1970s.

From 1982 to 2004, Kubasaki and Kadena High School fielded two teams each to make up the four-team Okinawa Secondary Schools Athletic Association (OSSAA) football league. In 23 seasons, the Kubasaki Samurai won or shared 15 island championships, while the Kubasaki Shogun captured three.

At the end of the season, a Dragons varsity team was selected from the Samurai and Shogun and played against Kadena's varsity team. In 1992, the Dragons swept Kadena two games to none and routed Yokota 44-12 in the inaugural Ichiban Bowl.

The Kubasaki Dragons won the First Class AA Far East Championship against the Seoul American Falcons 34-14 in 2005, but lost to the Kadena Panthers 2 years in a row in the OAC best two-of-three series 28-14, 14-8 the first year and 45-0, 41-6 in the second.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "W.T. Sampson School". CNIC, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "U.S. allocates a whopping $65 million for new Guantánamo school". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  4. ^ a b c Pacific Stars and Stripes 28 May 1949
  5. ^ Association Research Materials on the Camp Hayward Campus http://www.kubasakihighschool.com/page/okinawa_university_school
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kubasaki High School History 1946 to 1964, 2011 Donn Cuson / John Scruggs
  7. ^ A Monograph on the Okinawan Educational System 15 May 1948
  8. ^ Typhoon 1948 http://www.kubasakihighschool.com/torii/1948
  9. ^ a b c 1950 Torii http://www.kubasakihighschool.com/torii/1950
  10. ^ 1952 Torii Yearbook Forward http://www.kubasakihighschool.com/torii/1952
  11. ^ Association Research Materials on the Awase Campus http://www.kubasakihighschool.com/page/okinawa_university_school_awase_campus
  12. ^ 1953 Typhoon Newspaper
  13. ^ Typhoon Newspaper 1955
  14. ^ Association Research Materials on the Camp Kubasaki Campus
  15. ^ "Team USA media guide, Kristin Armstrong". U.S. Olympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

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