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Byrd Elementary School closes doors, completes 66 years of teaching excellence

For Immediate Release — July 18, 2014 |
: Public Affairs Specialist | 644-5786

YOKOSUKA NAVY BASE, JAPAN — July 18, 2014 — The Richard E. Byrd Elementary School closed its doors June 10 after providing 66 years of quality education to the children on Negishi Housing Annex in Yokohama, Japan.

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This is a recent photo of Richard E. Byrd ES. Click here for the high-resolution photo.

Students in grades K-5 living on Negishi will be attending DoDEA Pacific Japan District’s Ikego Elementary School at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

Byrd ES, which opened as Negishi Heights ES on Sept. 20, 1948, was named after Admiral Richard E. Byrd on April 5, 1960. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1912, Richard Evelyn Byrd attended flight training at Pensacola, Fla., in 1917 which was during World War I. He was later assigned as the commanding officer, U.S. Naval Stations in Canada, where he pioneered night and all-weather flying and also designed navigational instruments.

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This photo shows the front entrance to the Richard E. Byrd ES on Yokosuka Navy Base more than 50 years ago. Click here for the high-resolution photo.

In 1926, Byrd took a leave of absence from the Navy to lead an expedition to the Arctic Circle. On May 9 of that year, he and his copilot, Floyd Bennett, announced to the world that they had flown over the North Pole. Both men were awarded the United States Congressional Medal of Honor for their effort.

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A kindergarten class at Byrd ES celebrates Halloween more than 50 years ago. Click here for the high-resolution photo.

In 1929, Byrd was the first to fly over the South Pole. In total, Byrd made five expeditions to Antarctica and contributed more to the geographic discovery of the Antarctica Continent than anyone else until the middle of the 20th century.

About DoDEA Pacific:

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 49 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,400 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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