Ralph F. Stearley PS (formerly Bob Hope PS) History

Opened: 1980

Ralph F. Stearley Primary School – originally Bob Hope Primary School – was built by the Japanese government at Kadena Air Base. It was started in 1979 and completed in 1980. This school was one of two schools built to replace closing schools. Built on the site of former Kaden Riding Stables, the two-story elementary school buildings had classrooms clustered around activity centers. This was done so the entire faculty could operate on a team-teaching concept. The school opened with 750 students in the fall of 1980.

The school was originally named through a democratic process. Students voted by ballot and the results were overwhelmingly in favor of Bob Hope. Bob Hope was famous comedian and humanitarian, who gave of his time and talent to entertain thousands of military men and women throughout the Pacific, during several wars, dating back as far as World War II. Mr. Hope never visited the school, but he wrote a letter giving permission to use his name for the school.

The school was renamed to Ralph F. Stearley Primary School starting in the 2021-22 school year, to coincide with the opening of Bob Hope Elementary School.


Information from dissertation by Harold Clifford Brown, 1981; school webpage; and the DoDEA Pacific South District Chief of Staff

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