Yigo, Guam

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Simon Sanchez High School
Location of Yigo within the Terrority of Guam.
Location of Yigo within the Terrority of Guam.
Country United States
Territory Guam
 • Mayor Rudy M. Matanane (R)
 • Vice Mayor Anthony "Tony" P. Sanchez (R)
 • Total 35 sq mi (90 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 20,539
Time zone ChST (UTC+10)
Hideyoshi Obata historic marker at South Pacific Memorial Park, Yigo

Yigo (Chamorro: Yigu; pronounced /ˈɡ/) is the northernmost village of the United States territory of Guam, and is the location of Andersen Air Force Base. The municipality of Yigo is larger than any other village on the island in terms of area. It contains a number of populated places, including Asatdas.

Yigo is historically one of Guam's richest farming areas.[citation needed] During World War II, the village was the site of a concentration camp during Japanese occupation of the island. It was also the site of the island's final battle during the war. The South Pacific Memorial Peace Park was built by the Japanese Government and is dedicated to the many Japanese and American soldiers who died in the battle of Guam.


Yigo has several kindergarten through 5th grade elementary schools:

  • Daniel L. Perez Elementary School (formerly Yigo Elementary School)
  • Machananao Elementary School
  • Upi Elementary School
  • F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, formerly an elementary school until 1981, when it was converted into a middle school, and Simon Sanchez High School are in Yigo. Sanchez opened as a junior high school in 1974; the school became a high school in 1982 to serve north-eastern Guam.[2]

Simon Sanchez became a high school in 1982. The first graduating class graduated in May 1983.

Mayor of Yigo[edit]


  • Antonio A. Calvo (1973–1981)
  • David G. Blas (1981–1989)
  • John F. Blas (1989–1993)
  • Edward C. Artero (1993–1997)
  • Robert "Bob" S. Lizama (1997–2013)
  • Rudy M. Matanane (2013–present)

Vice Mayor[edit]

  • Ronald J. Flores (2009–2013)
  • Anthony "Tony" P. Sanchez (2013–present)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 7,682
1970 11,542 50.2%
1980 10,359 −10.2%
1990 14,213 37.2%
2000 19,474 37.0%
2010 20,539 5.5%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2010 Guam Statistical Yearbook" (PDF).  Archived July 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine(4.3 MB), (rev. 2011)
  2. ^ "Guam's Public High Schools." Guam Public School System. Accessed September 8, 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rogers, Robert F. (1995). Destiny's Landfall: A History of Guam. University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 0-8248-1678-1.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°32′04″N 144°53′08″E / 13.53444°N 144.88556°E / 13.53444; 144.88556