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American Community School Saigon 1955

Submitted by Pete Case

From American Community School Saigon – Wikipedia:

The next academic year, two Quonset hut buildings were erected in the compound, and the home-schooled elementary school students joined those already at Norodom Compound. Shortly thereafter, near the end of 1955, one of the Quonset huts burned to the ground, and most of the students’ books were destroyed. While the hut was being rebuilt for the 1956-57 academic year (an additional and larger Quonset hut was also erected), the school temporarily moved into a Dutch-owned oil company’s property in Saigon, the Stanvac building. When the rebuilding in the Norodom Compound was complete, this expansion made it possible for the creation of a high school for American dependent children in Saigon.

In 1955 I was nine years old and attended the new ACS in the Norodom Compound in Saigon. That year, a quonset hut classroom burned down and the school moved temporarily to a new office building being constructed down the street, donated by the then General Manager of Standard Vacuum Oil Company. He was my father. I found a snapshot of that building in some old family files and share it here which perhaps will jog the memory of those that were there!

Anyone remember?

American Community School 1955 (Standard Vacuum Oil Company building) where classes where held until school was rebuilt after the fire. Pete Case Collection. Click Image To Enlarge.

5 comments to American Community School Saigon 1955

  • Pete, if you have pictures that you think would enhance the Wiki article about ACS, send them on to me with some descriptive information.

    bruce-thomas ( at ) mindspring ( dot ) com

  • Sandy Hanna

    I think our mother Ruby Nell Hanna taught a kindergarten class in the Norodom Compound in 1960 – Is it possible that they had done some renovations by then to have the class there?

  • Gene Taylor

    Yes, remember this temporary school well. Our old Quonset hut school burned and we were able to go to this facility. Actually so much nicer than our school. I was 8 at the time and in third grade.

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