Zama HS (currently Zama MS/HS) History

Opened: 1958
Closed: 1990
Re-opened: 2006

Zama Middle High School (ZMHS) is a Department of Defense Education Activity School, established in 1958, located on Camp Zama Army Base in Zama, Japan. Zama is in the Kanto Plain Region or central area of the main island of Honshu. ZMHS anticipates an enrollment of about 419 students in school year 2020-21 for grades 7-12. Our school serves primarily Army, Navy and DoD civilian dependents from Camp Zama, NAF-Atsugi, and the Sagamihara US Army Depot and Housing areas.

The ZMHS master schedule includes myriad course offerings arranged in a block schedule that runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each school day. Our block schedule includes A and B days: A-Day has four classes and B-Day has three classes and a seminar period.

The Zama American High School, also known as ZAHS, first opened in 1959. It was opened to, and continues to serve, American dependents of U.S. Military and civilian employees stationed in the area, as well as U.S. Contractors. It was built at the bottom of “General’s Hill” on the north side of Camp Zama and remained there until 1968. In 1968, the school Principal, Mr. Richard A. Pemble, had the high school and Jr. High “switched”, and the high school then occupied two wooden army barracks close to the main gate. The barracks were the original Imperial Japanese Army buildings used to house Japanese Imperial army officer candidates during World War II, and subsequently house U.S. troops during the occupation.

In 1980, a new high school was built on the hill near the original site, and the historical barracks were subsequently torn down. The high school still serves the American School community for the U.S. dependents in the Camp Zama, Sagamihara, Atsugi Naval Air Facility and surrounding areas.

In 1987, the school split into Zama American Middle School and Zama American High School.

ZAHS has an active alumni association and biyearly reunions that draw members from all over the globe.

Zama American High School celebrated its 50th graduating class anniversary in June 2009.

In 2016, Zama American Middle School was found to have asbestos and was currently under construction prompting the middle school children be moved to the high school building temporarily.

In 2017, Zama High School combined with Zama Middle School, making Zama American Middle High School.

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