Excerpt from the 1949 Frankfurt yearbook.
Submitted by Ed Pelton '49
The building we know today as Frankfurt High School has undergone many changes since its
initial construction. It was first opened as a German Youth school under the Hitler
regime. In 1939, the entire building was remodeled, the main portion was used as a German
military hospital, and the the wings as an officers' school by the Wehrmacht. When the
allies began to bomb Frankfurt, the building became a storehouse for the furniture of
bombed out families and a shelter for the homeless.
V-E day brought the American troops, who used the building as a billets until
the dependents arrived, and they transformed it into Frankfurt High School. This is the
school we have attended and from which we are being graduated. Of course it has undergone
varied changes in these three years. The classrooms have been refurbished with modern desk
in place of the wobbly field tables and folding chairs. The chemistry laboratory and
the craft shop have broadened the scope of instruction with the addition of materials and
equipment which were not available at first. Regular textbooks have almost completely
replaced the paper covered EM manuals which were so prominent the first year. To the
regular dinning room was added a snack bar, "Der Kozy Keller", which has
provided a wider choice at lunch.
Due to the efforts of the staff and administration, Frankfurt High School now
parallels any school in the United States. Despite our division of communities we have
united to profit from our common experience to further successfully that element which
will make Frankfurt High School the best in the E.C. forever. That element is school