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Kadena High School (カデナ高校, Kadena Kōkō) is an American high school on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, and is administered by Department of Defense Education Activity. Opened in 1981, the school is for English-speaking American military dependents. It is run under the supervision of the Okinawa Department of Defense Dependents Schools District.

Kadena High School
MottoWe take care of ourselves. We take care of each other. We take care of our school!
TypePublic - DoDDS
PrincipalKristopher Kwiatek
Location, ,
ColorsBlack and Gold



The School is located near the east entrance of Gate 5 with Kadena Middle School on the west side of the Gate. The school has a single main building where most classes and activities are held. Due to a large number of students, an additional 2-story building, referred to as "The Annex", was added. The school pool was filled in due to a bad foundation, and the pool house was subsequently given to the school's AFJROTC unit.


When opened in 1981, it included grade levels 7-12, as there were no middle schools at the time. A middle school for grades 7 and 8 was built across the street in 1990 with access via a bridge, and later included grade 6.


The school mascot is the Panther and the colors are black and gold.

The school's main rivals are Kubasaki High School and Okinawa Christian School International.

The school has teams in baseball, softball, tennis, golf, volleyball, cheer, basketball, soccer, football, wrestling, cross country, and track.


In the 2009-2010 season, Kadena beat Seoul American for the Far East Title 44-0.[1]

Kadena High School's JA-932 Air Force JROTC unit competed in the first DODEA Far East JROTC marksmanship competition involving Air Force cadets, in December, 2011, where one Kadena cadet won a novice 3rd place overall medal.[2]

Kadena High School hosted the 2012 DODEA Far East JROTC drill competition in March 2012.[3] They also hosted it in March 2014,[4] getting 1st place in Overall, Armed Exhibition, Armed Regulations, and Unarmed Regulations, and also getting 2nd place in Unarmed Exhibition and Color Guard.[citation needed] This was their first time winning the competition.

JA-932 at Marksmanship Far East Sasebo, Japan.
JA-932 Color Guard.

Kadena High School's Honors 10 Literature and 12 English teacher, Sarah McKinney was awarded the Okinawa District "Teacher of the Year" award by the Department of Defense Education Activity DODEA . [5]

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