Archives 1961-1962

16th 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 1961-62 school year saw the building of the Berlin Wall as the Cold War heated up, the beginning of the Vietnam War, and the continuation of the Civil Rights movement.

NHS opened its doors to 859 students, a 27% increase over the previous year. The number of graduating seniors also increased from 60 in 1961 to 79 in 1962.

1961-62 was a banner year in sports. The football team won 7 games and lost none to win the Class B championship, the first 11-man football championship in school history. The school was also successful in basketball, tying Frankfurt for 1st place in the regular season and finishing 2nd in the end-of-the-season tournament. The wrestling team won 2nd place in its first season, and Greg Picard was the USAREUR golf champion.

The traditions of the creative writing magazines, the Powder Puff game, and the faculty-varsity basketball game continued. The “Trichter” published 2 special editions, a Fasching issue and a Civil War Centennial issue, and received a first-place rating in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s nationwide contest.

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

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Excerpts from the Trichter, vol 16

1962 Yearbook, vol 1

1962 Yearbook, vol 2

Creative Writing Publications


Index of School Personnel