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Ankara ES/HS

Principal's Corner

Welcome From Our Principal!

DAVID TRAN 0807053Dear Ankara EHS Parents and Students, 

Ankara EHS is a Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) for grades K-12 located near the city of Ankara, Turkey. Ankara EHS supports the educational needs of our U.S. and international community. Ankara EHS adheres to a typical United States curricular and extracurricular program under the auspices of the United States Department of Defense Dependents Schools. The current Ankara EHS was established in 1953.

Ankara EHS is unique among DoDDS. Forty two percent of students are dependents of the United States Military members and U.S. civilians. The other fifty eight percent are dependents of members from other nations. During any given school year there may be more than thirty three nationalities and well over twenty different languages represented at Ankara EHS. This school year there are 221 students from thirty three different countries. With this diversity, the students and faculty are exposed to a multicultural environment which provides them with special challenges and opportunities. As a result, our students tend to be very culturally knowledgeable. Although a variety of languages can be heard throughout the corridors, American English is the primary language of instruction.

During school year 2017-2018 we offer several AP courses,both at Ankara EHS and online along with new elementary school specials, Honors 9 and 10 along with all the other courses we have traditionally offered. At Ankara EHS, we pride ourselves on our students high academic performance no matter the grade level.

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to our high academic expectations, at Ankara EHS we also offer students the opportunity to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities and clubs. We have at least two varsity sports programs offered during three seasons of the year. Academic clubs include National Honor Society, Math Club, Art Club and Odyssey of the Mind among others. Students have the opportunity to debate in Model United Nations (MUN)and Junior Leadership Seminars. While students are encouraged to participate in activities outside the classroom, parents are invited to join in too. We are always pleased to work with the community and especially the organizations which support our school: School Advisory Committee and PTSO.

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David A. Tran 

David Tran


David Tran grew up in Hesperia, California.He earned his BS in 1988 and his MA in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Before Pembroke, Mr. Tran served in the United States Army as an Airborne Combat Medic and later as an Army Infantry Officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After the military, Mr. Tran began his teaching career as a science teacher in 1991 at Hope Mills Middle School in North Carolina. In1997, he worked as an Assistant Principal at Westover High School and Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Joining DoDDS in 2001, Mr. Tran's first assignment was at Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan, teaching Biology/Physiology and Anatomy in a 9-12 school.

Mr. Tran became an Assistant Principal at M.C. Perry Middle-High School in 2002 and then at Kinnick High School in 2004. In 2006, he was promoted to Principal of Kinnick High School; and, in 2008, he became Principal of SHAPE Middle-High School in Belgium.

When it comes to children's education, Mr. Tran believes that we teach and inspire children as individual human beings, each with unique strengths and challenges.In meeting these needs, we help our students become critical thinkers, and everyone in each child's life is a significant part of the process.

In his free time, Mr. Tran enjoys running, participating in most outdoor activities, and spending time with his family.

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