About Our School
Wiesbaden HS Mission
Educate, Engage and Empower military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.
Wiesbaden HS Vision/Purpose
At Wiesbaden High School, we are a community of learners dedicated to developing empathy and self-agency in students by engaging them in meaningful and authentic learning, teaching them to think, empowering them to act, encouraging them to reflect, and supporting their growth and success.
Before Wiesbaden had its own high school, students traveled by bus to Frankfurt to attend an American high school that had been established. Namesake: Wiesbaden HS was formerly General. H.H. Arnold HS. In 1948, facilities were made available in a former German school building on Lahnstrasse to accommodate the Wiesbaden High School population of 56 students and nine faculty members. In 1949-50, the students and faculty chose to name their school General H. H. Arnold High School honoring a five-star general who held the position of General of the Army and General of the Air Force during and immediately after World War II. The school moved to its present location in January 1955. The new building was officially dedicated on 27 February 1955.
The student population has changed considerably over the years. In 1948, a single classroom was used for graduation. In 1955 and for the past several years, students have enjoyed the singular experience of the magnificent Kurhaus in downtown Wiesbaden as the venue for graduation ceremonies.
Since a peak population of 1,809 students during SY 1972-73, the average enrollment has continued to decline. In an interesting twist of fate, Frankfurt High School students joined Wiesbaden High School in 1995 as changing political events brought about the closing of the Frankfurt community. In the 2001-2002 school year, students from Bad Kreuznach joined the General H.H. Arnold High School family.
In 2006, General H. H. Arnold High School officially became Wiesbaden High School. Our high school is modeled closely after American high schools and takes great pride in its programs and services. Wiesbaden High School students have won numerous championships and awards in a wide variety of sports and academic competitions.
Construction for the new campus began in 2009 and was completed in several phases. From 2011 to 2014, the gymnasium, the multi-purpose building, and the specialized curriculum building were added to the existing school campus. In 2017 construction of the current building was completed, and Wiesbaden High School became the first 21st-century-designed high school in Department of Defense Education Activity-Europe.
The senior class has always assumed responsibility for the protection of our mystic, mosaic symbol, the "Old Warrior," which was donated by the student council of 1957-1958. When the crest is walked upon, the "Old Warrior" is said to groan and turn in his grave just as he does when our Warriors come home in defeat from competition.
Homecoming is traditionally observed by students and staff in much the same way as many schools in the US. Past graduates often participate in homecoming activities, which typically include a football game, dance and a week of spirit activities. Each club and class traditionally takes responsibility for a homecoming activity.
"High about the bustling city,
Like a gem most rare,
Shines our Noble Alma Mater
Wiesbaden High, all hail.
Hail, all hail dear Alma Mater.
Green thy memories be.
By a bond of happy hours
Are we bound to thee"
Written in 1954 by Miss Dorothy Maffeo, a former social studies teacher.