Kubasaki High School Alumni Remember Fondly Their Alma Mater

Grant Kagimoto and Karleen Chinen
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

We were all “Kubasaki Brats” — the children of Okinawa-based U.S. military personnel or civil service people working for the military in Okinawa and attending the Department of Defense school known as Kubasaki High School. More often than not, “brat” is a term of endearment used to define military-dependent children.

My father was an Army veteran who was working for the Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian when he moved our family to Okinawa in the 1950s. We lived on-base at Fort Buckner during most of my 12 years in Okinawa, from 1954 to 1966. The only schools I attended from first grade until I graduated from high school in 1966 were in Okinawa. Although I returned to Hawai‘i in 1966, my parents remained in Okinawa until 1972 (my dad actually lived and worked there from 1952 until 1972). My sister and brother also graduated from Kubasaki in 1963 and 1964, respectively.

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