Archives 1960-1961

15th year of the school’s existence

On Monday, October 21, 1946, a new American high school opened.  It was one of six high schools that opened in the fall of 1946, not in the United States, but in Germany. This high school opened in a small town approximately 15.5 miles north of Nürnberg, one of Germany’s most historic cities. It was called Erlangen American High School.

A year later, on Monday, September 6, 1947, this American high school opened its doors as Nürnberg American High School, in a new location, 19 Tannenstrasse in Fürth, a town approximately 6.5 miles from the Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof.  The school was to remain at this address for five and one-half years.

The sixth year of the school’s existence was begun in the old school on Tannenstrasse, but the students, on January 3, 1952, moved into a brand new American school at 30 Fronmüllerstrasse in Fürth.  The new school building had come about as a result of the change in Germany’s status as an occupied territory. In 1952 the allied forces went from armies of occupation to co-partners with the Germans in defending the West.

The doors of NHS were to remain open at this new address until the school closed in 1995, after 49 years.  In 1995 thousands of Nürnberg High School alumni had to face the fact that their school was gone.  But it lived on in their memory, and these alumni have bonded together to preserve their high school friendships and their memories through the Nürnberg Alumni Association.

The students of the 1960-61 school year saw John F. Kennedy elected president in a close election.  The Supreme Court hastened the demise of segregation, and President Kennedy announced the goal of putting a man on the moon.

NHS opened its doors to 678 students, but by year’s end the enrollment was down to 615 with 60 seniors once again graduating. The football team won 5, lost 1 but finished in 2nd place in the conference. The traditions of the creative writing magazines and Eagle Week continued. The newspaper introduced the Pep Jug at pep rallies and received a 2nd place rating in a national school newspaper contest. The school had its own yearbook for the first time, “Eagle’s Nest.”

In the five files that are linked to from this page, you can read an attempt to preserve the history of the school’s thirteenth year.

If you find anything here that you believe to be historically inaccurate or know of something that can be added to these files, please contact me.

Bob McQuitty, NAA historian/archivist