The beginning of SAHS, 1959-1960

Contributor: Yongsan Legacy Team

The history of the First Senior Class of the first American High School in Korea is brief. It began on September 8, 1959, with thirteen…

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The history of the First Senior Class of the first American High School in Korea is brief. It began on September 8, 1959, with thirteen members and ended on June 3, 1960 with nineteen members. Twelve states were represented and girls from Italy and Turkey gave us an International touch.

The first field trip was taken on September 29. The class went to the Birthday Celebration of Confucius, an unusual ceremony which everyone found most interesting. A very exciting day was spent at an Armistice Commission Meeting at the Demarcation Zone on November 3.

November 2 was class election day in the school. The senior class elected Donna Church, President; Paul Colvin, Vice-President and Student Council Representative; Sue Edson, Secretary Treasurer. A major problem of the Seniors was choosing their rings. It was only after much discussion that the ring order was mailed on January 20.

A money-earning sock hop was given on April Fool’s day. This dance was a big success and gave us the money with which we were to purchase our gift for the school.

Photos from the Sock Hop 1960_SAHS
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The Seniors were graduated June 3, a week before the rest of the school was out. In a few years we may be scattered to corners of the earth, but will we ever forget SAHS?

SAHS Corridor, 1960

By Seniors Class SAHS 1959-1960

  1. Nancy Blanchette
  2. Sandra Lee Brown
  3. Donna Ann Church
  4. Richard Ernest Coffman
  5. Paul Colvin  (First SAHS Vietnam War Casualty)
  6. James Danisch
  7. Niccole Diffenderfer
  8. Sue Faith Edson
  9. Linda Darlene Hulit
  10. Bruce A. Lew
  11. Karen Michalec
  12. Monica Ina Mogel
  13. Allen Montgomery
  14. Michael Nicolay
  15. Michaelin E. Nicolay
  16. Terry Lynn Pressler
  17. Charlotte Richardson
  18. Nicoletta Spalazzi
  19. Johanne Tyree

Special thanks to Charles Woodruff, Librarian of SAHS