Bad Tölz ES/JHS History

Opened: 1946
Closed: 1991

Bad Tölz American Elementary School was a kindergarten through eight school located in the housing area of the base about two blocks from the Kaserne. The Bad Tölz Army complex consisted of a medium size Kaserne, Flint Kaserne military compound. The cities of Garmish and Berchtesgaden, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria, are a one to two hours’ drive away from Bad Tölz.

The original school, Bad Tölz American School, was opened in 1946 as one of the original schools in Germany. Bad Tölz was part of the original Munich district that had seventy-four students in the eleven schools. By the 1953-54 school year, there were 235 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Ms. Doris Baker, who came to the school as a teacher in 1950, was now the principal. She remained at the school until 1979 when she retired.

The permanent school facility was completed in January 1958. All the classrooms had floor-to-ceiling picture windows which allowed a breathtaking view of the nearby Alps.

About half of the students walked to school and the others, who lived at the extremities of the housing area, were transported by bus. There were no cafeteria or lunch facilities at the school; all students went home for lunch. In 1981-82 there were approximately 200 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. The school staff had eight classroom teachers, a host nation teacher, a library technician, secretary, supply clerk, and principal. The school also had the services of a full-time reading specialist, a learning disabilities specialist two days a week, and a music specialist three days a week.

Bad Tölz area high school students were bused daily to the Munich American High School, about one hour away.

The school enrollment for the 1987-88 school year was 350 students in grades kindergarten through eighth and had dropped to 260 students the next year.

The school was closed at the end of the 1990-91 school year.


Information from DoDDS School Information Guides and websites

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