Mannheim Elementary closes for good after 66 years

Mannheim Elementary School closing ceremony

Mannheim Elementary School closed for good on Friday with a celebration and a picnic capping its 66-year history.

Students danced the “Bobcat Boogie” and sang songs, while former students reminisced about their time at the school.

When it opened in 1946, 55 students were enrolled, according to the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe website. During the height of the Cold War, enrollment was more than 2,200, making it the largest school in the Department of Defense Education Activity, according to the website. For its final year, 139 students went to class.

The Mannheim military community is in the final phase of closure due to the realignment of U.S. forces in Europe.


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