Misawa HS History

Opened: 1960
Closed: 1978

In 1960, Misawa Dependent School was divided into two schools, Misawa Elementary and Misawa High School. The high school had grades seven through twelve.

With the separation of the schools, the newspaper was renamed the Misawa Hi Times. Previously the newspaper had been mimeographed. The first printed version was on January 27, 1961. The school band and chorus were included in the yearbook for the first time and two more drama productions were performed. Flag football was added to the available sports.

The 1963 yearbook reported that the Misawa Missiles basketball team’s record of 28 wins, 1 loss, beat any of the previous seasons. The Missiles made two trips down south; one for exhibition and the other for the Class Tournament. Playing host to the Chitose American High School, the Missiles held and won the fourth Japanese-American Tournament.

Throughout the 1960’s the student activities and sports programs continued to grow. New school clubs include Future Teachers of America and Future Medics of America. A club unique to Misawa High School was the “Duster Club”. This club was for owners and/or riders of two-wheeled vehicles, usually Hondas.

In the 1971-72 school year, the school newspaper’s name was changed to “Fantom Flyer”. Culture clubs, cross country and wrestling were added to extracurricular activities.

In 1978, the name of the school was changed to Robert D. Edgren High School.

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