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School History

Matthew C. Perry High School is named in honor of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, United States Navy.  As a representative of President Millard Fillmore, Commodore Perry established diplomatic and trade relations between the United States and Japan in 1853.

In September 1955, the United States Army established the American Dependents School, and the school operated under this name until 1957 when the U. S. Navy established a Naval Air Station and officially renamed the school Matthew C. Perry School.  In 1958, the air station reverted to the U. S. Marine Corps.  The school retained its name under the new command and comprised a correspondence high school with one teacher and four elementary school teachers.  In 1977, the school was separated into a high school and an elementary school, with separate faculty and principals for each school.  In 1984, the two schools were once again combined into a single unit school under the supervision of a principal and assistant principal.  By 1987, the schools were separated once again, with approximately 750 students now presently enrolled between the two schools.

Matthew C. Perry High School comprises grades 7 through 12 with approximately 250 students and a faculty and staff of thirty educators.  The school provides a general education curriculum much like any public high school in the United States, with college preparatory courses, various electives, and a professional technical studies program for students who wish to become involved in an actual work environment during the school day.

Matthew C. Perry High School has been fully accredited since 1969 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and the school was most recently accredited by a visiting team in 2001.


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