The Sullivans Elementary School in Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan opened in September 1947 with three teachers on its roster. From that minute beginning, the school had grown. By 1986 the school had over 50 teachers and approximately 1250 students.
The school was named for the five Sullivan brothers who were killed in action during World War II. George Thomas, Francis Henry, Joseph Eugene, Madison Abel and Albert Leo Sullivan enlisted in the U. S. Navy after a friend died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. They enlisted with the provision that they would not be separated. After their enlistment, the brothers were sent to the Naval Training School, Great Lakes, Illinois, together, and subsequently were ordered to the USS Juneau. The Juneau, a heavy cruiser, was torpedoed and sunk by enemy action near the Solomon Islands, during the Battle of Guadalcanal, 13 November 1942.