Oliver Hazard Perry School History

Opened: 1958
Closed: 1991

The school at San Miguel, Zambales, was established in 1958 for the dependents of the US Navy Communication Facility located there. The school consisted of one wing and housed kindergarten through grade eight. High school students were bussed thirty miles north to Subic Naval Station. The school took the name Oliver Hazard Perry for the Naval hero of the war of 1812.

In 1967, the Department of Defense directed that all schools in the Pacific be administered by the Air Force. However, the Navy continued its strong support of Oliver Hazard Perry School.

The school services dependents of the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. Because many families at San Miguel move to Subic when housing becomes available, the student body is very transient.

Increased enrollments necessitated the addition of another wing of four classrooms in 1968. A year later, as a result of PTO fundraising, air conditioning units were installed. In 1972, a third wing of six classrooms was built to provide for the continuing growth of the school. The school could then accommodate 240 students.

The enrollment for school year 1984-85 was 270 students. Sixteen classroom teachers and a Philippine culture teacher made up the staff. There were services for ESL, mildly-handicapped, and speech and hearing impaired. The school had access to the base gym, swimming pool, ball fields, tennis courts, bowling lanes and golf course. There was an active Philippine culture program including regular exchange visits with local schools and trips to the surrounding Filipino community. Each year a graduating program was held for the eighth grade.

In 1986, the school consisted of five flat roofed concrete buildings joined by a covered breezeway.

Information from DoDDS-Pacific Region 1946-1986 and yearbooks

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