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About Our School

Our Mission

Educate, engage, and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world.

Guiding Principles

Fortitude, Integrity, Responsibility, and an Enterprising Spirit

Welcome to Nile C. Kinnick High School, "Home of the Red Devils." Nile C. Kinnick High is a school filled with tradition, pride, and a sense of history. We are located on the scenic Miura Peninsula at Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan, about a one-hour train ride south of Tokyo. We are situated along Tokyo Bay, and the waters of the bay provide fantastic views from most of the classrooms.

Nile C. Kinnick High School is a great place to be. It is small enough that students all know each other allowing for a real sense of community and fellowship. Students are provided with ample opportunities participate in all phases of school life - the performing arts, athletics, school government, clubs, and a variety of other school activities. We look forward to having you at Kinnick, and we think you will enjoy the small, homey atmosphere. Please make sure to let us know what we can do to make your transition to Japan and Kinnick High School smooth.


Nile C. Kinnick High School originally opened in Yokohama in 1946 during the occupation after World War II. The school later moved to Yokosuka Navy Base in 1971 into a renovated Marine Barracks, but kept the Yo-Hi Red Devils mascot to remember their beginnings. The current school was officially named after Nile C. Kinnick in 1990, an outstanding scholar and athlete; he was the winner of the Heisman Trophy and a graduate of the University of Iowa pursuing a law degree. Nile C. Kinnick was killed during a training mission off the USS Lexington in the Caribbean during WWII. Our hope is that our student body emulates his commitment to service, academics and personal growth.

Kinnick High School usually has around 600 students and is about 45 km from Tokyo. To learn more about our school, browse our Yearbook archive at

Our Community

Yokosuka Naval Base (

Yokosuka City is located about 30 miles southwest of Japan's capital city, Tokyo, on the east coast of the main island, Honshu. It is an industrial and residential community, with an area of about 39 square miles. 

This 579 acre naval base occupies a small peninsula jutting into Tokyo Bay. As the home of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, and winner of the 2009 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence, the Base, often referred to as CFAY (Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka), hosts 13 afloat commands and more than 50 other shore commands and tenant activities.

CFAY's primary mission is to provide support services to forward deployed naval forces in Yokosuka, and other units assigned in the Western Pacific. CFAY homepage. View our "Duty in Japan" video.