The Babenhausen Kaserne

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Babenhausen Elementary

5th Grade


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Babenhausen, Germany, 1959:

The end of the last day of the school year finds lots of happy students at the elementary school in Babenhausen, the overseas home of the 36th Artillery Group.

Conference for School Administrators

at the Berchdesgarden Officers club




The School front



 Elementary School

  The  Principals

Paul Rustanius
Robert Jerome Flynn

Phillip Crooks
1967- 1970

James A Lawther
1970 -1972

Derris M. Harter
1972 -1983

Christine A. Holston
1983 -1985

 Dr. Francis Smith
1985 -1990

Ronald E. Sharik
1990 -1991

Lee Hunt

Walter Duke


Babenhausen Elementary School


Babenhausen Elementary School

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The Babenhausen School Faculty



The Backside of the school
The Gym (left)
The Library was on the 1st floor and the Teachers day room was beneath





Saying 'So Long, Farewell'

at Babenhausen Elementary

DODDS-Europe school closing after 52 years

By Kevin Dougherty, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Friday, June 2, 2006

BABENHAUSEN, Germany – The 10-year-old pupil climbed atop a yellow step stool behind the lectern and introduced herself.

“Greetings,” the fourth-grader said to the crowd assembled in the school gym. “My name is India Barnett, and I have been at Babenhausen Elementary School since kindergarten.”

In years past, fourth-graders at Babenhausen proceeded to the fifth grade, schoolwork and test scores permitting.

But this fall India will be attending Old Argonner Elementary School in Hanau. That’s because Babenhausen, like seven other DODDS-Europe schools, is closing its doors for good this month.

“Small communities have that hometown feel, and I think you can say that about Babenhausen,” said teacher Patricia McGlown, a fixture at the school for 32 years.

These are sometimes bittersweet days for folks in schoolhouses. Summer vacation rules, but parting ways isn’t always as easy as it might seem, be it for teachers or students. Close a school and emotions run even higher.

“We haven’t dwelled on it,” said Essie Grant, principal of Gelnhausen Elementary School, which is also at the end of its final school year. “Instruction still goes on. This is the first week we’ve been talking about it to them.”

Gelnhausen plans to hold its farewell event June 9. Grant has reached out to former Secretary of State Colin Powell and television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, asking if they would like to help her send the school off in style. But Powell can’t make it, and Winfrey’s staff hasn’t responded yet.

“Nothing beats a failure, but a try,” Grant said, invoking a favorite saying of her parents.

At Babenhausen Elementary, the farewell was on the simpler side.

There were no big names or even a small band. Principal Lee Hunt read a poem, McGlown spoke — and cried, though she promised herself she wouldn’t — and several students followed India Barnett to the podium.

Fifth-graders Dawntae Griggs and Chante Mack had the crowd of parents and well-wishers in stitches at times as the duo spoke of their years at the school, which was founded in 1954. Chante recollected how her first-grade teacher nearly took an unexpected trip — to the nurse’s office.

“She slipped on a pencil,” Chante said. “She made us line up against the chalkboard and asked whose pencil it was. No one confessed, so we stayed in from recess.”

Chante went on to refer to Hunt as “the backbone of this school for seven years,” a fitting adieu to the retiring educator.

The following speaker, Nastasia Disotell, choked up and never did fully recover. Priscilla Mack struggled a bit, too.

It was all so emotional and charming and heartfelt that audience members could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.

The school assembly ended with a rendition of the song “So Long, Farewell,” from the “Sound of Music.”

“Change is good,” McGlown added, “but it is difficult.”

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Patricia McGlown, a teacher at Babenhausen Elementary for 32 years, wipes away a tear as she gives a speech at the school’s closing ceremony Thursday.

Michael Abrams / S&S
Students Priscilla Mack, left, and Nastasia Disotell hug each other as they cry after giving speeches at the Babenhausen Elementary School's closing ceremony.

Michael Abrams / S&S
Chanté Mack, right, holds the microphone for Dawntae Griggs as the Babenhausen Elementary School fifth-graders give a speech together at the school's closing ceremony.

Michael Abrams / S&S

Babenhausen Elementary School third-graders sing "So Long, Farewell" from "The Sound of Music" at the school's closing ceremony.

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Goodbye Babenhausen....


The School in 2010

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The Gym

My Classroom in 1970-73

The Library


Class pictures

6th Grade Babenhausen Elementary

©Jeanette McKenna

3rd Grade Mrs. Joan Diehl
- 1970 -

©Jeanette McKenna

4th Grade Mrs. Carol Waugh
- 1971 -

©Jeanette McKenna

6th Grade Mr. Pemberton
- 1973 -

©Janie Highsmith

5th Grade Miss Mc Kinsey
- 1975 -


1st Grade Miss Turner


2nd Grade Mrs Flynn

©Janie Highsmith

6th Grade Mr. Pemberton
- 1976 -

©Janie Highsmith

3rd Grade Mrs Lorenz




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