Students and Alumni

Preserving DoDEA’s History

Throughout its 70+ year history, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has undergone many changes. Each of its organizational entities, past and present, has a rich and proud history of service to military families. Every employee (past or present) and every student or alumnus is an integral part of DoDEA’s history.

While DoDEA has had many names over the years and still has different names in our guiding legislation (DoDDS, DDESS), its school system today has in fact been a unified one since 1994 under one organization, DoDEA. To many of our graduates and former employees, we’ll always be DSS, DoDDS or DDESS or one of our many other names used in the past.

It is important for us to honor the rich history and traditions of DoDEA’s past and preserve the history of past names and accomplishments. It is equally important for us to move ahead as a unified organization that comprises one world-wide school system, one team, one mission that continues to deliver a quality education to military-connected children around the globe.

DoDEA-AOSHS Partnership

DoDEA has partnered with the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS), a non-profit organization based in Wichita, Kansas, to collect, record, preserve, and exhibit historical school memorabilia.

The preservation of DoDEA’s history is a legacy for future generations. For the millions of Americans who were educated overseas and in DoD schools stateside since 1946, pieces of history could disappear forever – yearbooks, trophies, letter jackets, class pictures, time capsules, school flags and mascots. As schools close down, those artifacts and memorabilia go away too.

DoDEA’s partnership with AOSHS endeavors to keep the memories alive.

DoDEA-AOSHS Yearbook Initiative

Did you or a family member attend a DoDDS, DDESS, DoDEA, or other American overseas school since 1946? If so and you have a Elementary, Middle, or High School yearbook, please consider loaning or donating it to the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) for its historical archives.

AOSHS will digitize your yearbook and share it with the public through their web site. If loaning, AOSHS will return your yearbook with the utmost care after 3 weeks. 

If you have a missing yearbook and would like to loan/donate it, see donation instructions below!

List of Missing and Archived High School Yearbooks

Donating to Memorabilia AOSHS

Do have treasures you’d like to share with current and former staff and students of DoDEA, DDESS, or DODDS?

Send us a box of your memorabilia and AOSHS will record, digitize, archive, and display them online and in the museum for the delight of past and future generations.

For reference, below is a list of items AOSHS accepts and doesn’t accept and as donations.

DO SEND:

  • Artwork with location and date on it
  • Awards, class rings, diaries of school events, dissertations, and school journals (not vacation)
  • Letter jackets or other discernable clothing (cheerleading, mascots, band, etc.)
  • Magazines that feature student accomplishments; either military or host nation
  • News clippings with details of publication and date
  • Pennants
  • Photographs with identification of person(s), location and date
  • Presentations to visiting dignitaries
  • School records
  • Documented information about the mission of a School, District or Region
  • Trophies with specific details of school, event, year
  • Yearbooks
  • Videos or like of school functions and/or events

DON’T SEND:

  • Items that are readily available elsewhere, such as commercially published magazines or textbooks
  • Broken artifacts, unreadable documents and other material that are too damaged to be of historical value
  • Personal diaries, videos or disks of holiday or summer vacations
  • Personnel documents that are disparaging to an individual/s or that contain any personally identifiable information
  • Souvenirs from foreign countries unless school or educationally related

Send your items to AOSHS at the following address:

American Overseas Schools Historical Society
704 W. Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67203
Phone 316-265-6837

All donations must include a completed and signed Property Donations Form inside each box of items sent to AOSHS.

For further questions regarding property donations, please email the AOSHS office at aoshsoffice@sbeglobal.net or call 316-265-6837 to verify if the items/s you want to donate are appropriate for the archives.