• Coco Cugat posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 1 month, 1 week ago

    (This is the letter I intend to send to the Stars and Stripes, and perhaps the same one to the Seoul District Office! Stars and Stripes just ran an article about this. gamel.kim@stripes.com Please help!! This needs to be stopped! I will furnish you with the addresses of those responsible at Korea District Office an the Pacific Office and the DC Office!!”

    Thomas Brady, Director, DoDea
    Thomas.Brady@hq.dodea.edu
    Lois Rapp, Pacific Director of Student Excellence
    Lois.Rapp@pac.dodea.edu
    Judith Allen, Director, Pacific West (Korea) District
    Judith.Allen@dodea.edu

    Thank you, this needs to be stopped!!

    Mr. O

    Do not take American out of Seoul American High School!!

    I taught at Seoul American High School for 34 years, starting in August of 1963! It was Seoul American High School then and it was Seoul American High School when my wife and I retired in June of 1997! I taught art, grades 2 through 12 those first few years . Seoul American Elementary was 2 through 8 at the time. At one time Seoul American High School was 7 through 12. In the early 70s there became a Seoul American Middle School with 5th through 8th graders!

    Seoul American High School was distinguished from Seoul Foreign School, Seoul International School! Now Seoul High School will sound like like a Korean High School in Seoul! This is not good!!

    In the fall of 2018 there will be a Seoul American High School reunion held on South Post. I cannot image how those grades will feel arriving and finding Seoul American High School no longer exists as such!!

    Seoul American High School was a wonderful school with wonderful students! I an still in contact with many of them, some turning 70! Many have come to visit us after we retired to Hawaii’s Big Island and are still coming! Also, a Seoul American High School reunion was held here in 2000!

    My wife and I met in the fall of 1963 when we both arrived as new teachers freshly recruited in the States! We married in the old South Post Chapel in June of 1968, our son, Sean Michael, was born at Seoul Military Hospital in March of 1975, and graduated from Seoul American High School in June of 1993!

    The schools on South Post will be around for only a few more years, as is! Please leave the name alone!!

    Sincerely,

    Michael F. O’Brien

  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 1 month, 1 week ago

    Seoul American High School
    Note and photos by #CharlesWoodruff
    This should answer the question as to why a school on an Army post has a falcon for its mascot. (From the first #SAHS yearbook in 1960) #yongsan Yongsan Legacy #yongsanGarrison #Seoul
  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 2 months ago

    Boys Dorm Gains Mother,……..And we didn’t leave in the near future… Source: Teacher Mr. Michael O’Brien @arline38
  • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Note from Charles Woodruff
    For those of you who attended or graduated from SAHS in the last 15 years, we just learned that our school psychologist, Dr. Spencer Walton will be moving to Camp Humphreys right after Christmas vacation. Doc Walton is the best and has had a positive impact on countless students and coworkers over the years. I wish him all the best in his new job. He will be missed! Our loss is definitely Humphreys’ gain!
  • Note from John Nowell @janowell:
    Yes, I remember Mrs. Irene D. Lee very well. I had occasion to meet with her on numerous activities. She was always pleasant to work with. May she RIP.
    • Note from Lee Doyle:
      Irene Lee and Dra McGill are both Legacies
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 3 months ago

        SEOUL AMERICAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL On SOUTH POST UNDER SNOW ALERT -Winter 2005_ Photo by @joseph-f-pagano-jr
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 3 months, 3 weeks ago

        “My Life in Asia” By: Kathleen Lin~
        April 28, 2014 at 5:18am
        I learn languages easily. Asian languages are my favorites. I went to a Thai school, and a Korean University. I had a dog in Vietnam named (điên quá ), which means ‘Crazy’ because he bit everyone who came to the gate. I have a scar on my right hand for trying to feed (điên quá) a bone by shoving it down his throat when I was just two years old living in Vietnam.
        I often use languages to get out of trouble, however in some instances not. In Korea, I got caught up in the protest by students at my Ewha Woman’s University and was forced into the streets where the Korean officers with space like gas suits yelled at me to go back. I pretended at that time not to speak Korean at all, and thus yelled “I am an American!” Naturally, I ran to the nearest circle to catch the bus back to the base. Too much blood was being shed with clubs and such, and not my idea of a good school day.
        This was when Park Chung-hee, a Korean general, and statesman, who led South Korea from 1961 was assassinated in 1979. That was the year I graduated from Seoul American High School. I find it interesting that he served from the time I was born to the time I finished my secondary education. Now you all know just how old I am! I’m sure all my classmates reading this will remember this event in Seoul, Korea.
        In the Thai school, I got into trouble also by not pronouncing the words correctly. For this, they would snap a ruler on my hand. Often times I would do things to get out of having to stand up there and get randomly whacked. So what I did was to eat in the classroom, by pulling out my cookies just when they announced spelling time. I would get thrown out of the class and told to sit with the kindergarteners, which was not quite so bad since I got to eat more cookies…until my brother and his friends walked by to tease me. I just held up the cookies and said; “Nah Nah Nah I got cookies and juice and you don’t!” Well, pretending to not speak the language worked for me for a while.
      • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months ago

        Note from Former Studemt Peter T. Yeschenko: A good friend of mine, Sang Grossi and me playing cards at the teen center on Yongsan in 1977
      • YongsanLegacy commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months ago

        Note from Former student John Bright: I remember Mr Won, he would chain smoke 2 cigarettes in minutes between classes. Lol
        • YongsanLegacy commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months ago

          Note from Former student John Bright: I graduated in ’84, and he was still there.
          • YongsanLegacy commented on a Photo in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months ago

            Note from former student Kim Cole: Does anyone know how long he taught at sahs?
            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months ago

              Note from Former Student Peter Yeschenko: I believe this was a Teen Center Field trip to Chin Hae and Pusan in 1977…the trip was chaperoned by Mr. Jin Won.
              Mr. Won was the Korean Culture teacher and he spoke 5 languages I believe….great guy and teacher! 🙂
              Some of you might recognize some of the people in the picture…. 🙂
              I look like I had an afro like my brother….Eddie! LOL!
              • Note from former student Kim Cole: Does anyone know how long he taught at sahs?

              • Note from Former student John Bright: I graduated in ’84, and he was still there.

              • Note from Former student John Bright: I remember Mr Won, he would chain smoke 2 cigarettes in minutes between classes. Lol

            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months, 2 weeks ago

              SAHS Music Teacher Memory by Former SAHS student Tara Popp @terramurie,
              Mrs. Irene D. Lee, a former music at SAHS for 20+ years, would always make a bet with her classes at the beginning of the school year. Her bet is that she can name every single students by the end of the first week. If she misses even a single student, her promise was to buy the class Baskin-Robbins 31 ice cream cones. In all her years as a teacher, she succeeded in naming every students in her classes, but there was a year when she almost lost her bet.
              When the 2006 school year rolled around, she readied herself to tackle the challenge of naming every single kid in Concert Band, her biggest class each year, which averaged to 70 musicians by the time she had retired. She went around the room, naming every single kids until she came upon a student, and there was a complete silence. We all waited, our own breaths held in, to see if this was the year she’d finally buy us ice cream. A few more seconds passed and she uttered the student’s name.
              It was correct. We all lost out on the ice cream, but we all had a good laugh at how Mrs. Lee almost fumbled over the kid’s name. The reason she did was because the kid had a Korean name on the attendance roster, but he goes by an English name. The two different name threw her off for those seconds, but she pulled through in the end.
              Even today, when I think about this memory, I giggle at how close she was to buying us all ice cream. This is a fun memory of our beloved music teacher, who could name and remember every single students she had.
              The attached photo shows Mrs Lee at the end of a concert at SAHS in 2013
            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months, 3 weeks ago

              Note by Mike Nicolay, Former SAHS student:
              Paul was the First SAHS Vietnam War Caualty — Class of 1960
              We were in the same class, class of 1960, he was my best friend
            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months, 3 weeks ago

              1962 Yearbook by Former Student from SAHS 1958 to 1962 Mike Nicolay

            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months, 3 weeks ago

              1961 Yearbook, Part 2 by Former Student from SAHS 1958 to 1962 Mike Nicolay

            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months, 3 weeks ago

              1961 Yearbook, Part 1 by Former Student from SAHS 1958 to 1962 Mike Nicolay

            • YongsanLegacy posted an update in the group Group logo of S.A.H.M.E.SchoolS.A.H.M.E.School 4 months, 3 weeks ago

              Seoul American High School Part II, By Mike Nicolay, former student at SAHS

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