Yokota High School derives its name from the Yokota family that reportedly owned most of the land that stretches from Fussa station nearly to Tachikawa station. According to legend, the family provided this portion of its holdings to the Imperial Japanese Government which transformed the cornfields and pine groves into a military base in 1938. Finished with construction in 1940, the Japanese Army called the facility Tama Army Airfield, while local residents called it Fussa Airfield. The Japanese Army used the area primarily as a test flight center during World War II, and the base remained fully operational until the end of the war. The base sustained only minor damage during the war, and US forces began operations on September 4, 1945. American dependents arrived shortly thereafter.
Qualified teachers and administrators were recruited in the spring of 1946, and the first dependent school opened September 7, 1946 at Johnson Army Base in Iramura, about 20 miles from the present location of Yokota High School. Johnson High was one of several schools whose students were absorbed when YHS opened in 1973. Other schools in the area were Tachikawa, located on what is now Showa Park, Chofu High near ASIJ, and Yamato High which is about five miles away from YHS and Narimasu.
When Yokota first opened, the concept was a "school with open doors." Students had a modular schedule that offered as many as 27 "mods." The principal was very progressive, and wanted a wide open campus. At one point in these early years there were 103 different English classes offered. That modular schedule continued under the next two principals. Now, the schedule consists of fewer classes which meet for longer periods, and includes classes offered over the Internet. Panthers trace their roots over a half century.
We’re blue and gold
We're brave and bold
Our team will fight with
pep and might
We'll win this game
and bring more fame
to our own Yokota High.
We'll win this game and
bring more fame
to our own Yokota High!
If you speak a language other than English please contact the main office to speak with a translator.
Kung kayo ay may ibang salita maliban sa Ingles maari po lamang ipaalam sa aming opisina para kayo ay mabigyan ng karapatdapat na tulong upang maintindihan ninyo sa inyong salita.
Grades: 9 - 12
Educate, Engage, and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.
Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.
Yokota High School, working in partnership with the family and local community, will provide a safe, academically-inspiring environment in which students develop to their maximum potential as life- long learners and responsible participants in an ever changing global environment.
Preparing Independent Thinkers and Lifelong Learners
Each school within the Pacific East District will improve student achievement through emphasizing 21st century Innovative Skills of (1) Collaboration Across Networks and Learning By Influence, (2) Creativity and Innovation, (3) Communication, and (4) Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving.
Leadership Team Meets 15:00 on the Third Tuesday Monthly During the School Year
YKHS is accredited by Cognia.