When I came home from playing golf yesterday (21st, a national holiday), I received a mail from my alma mater, Okijimae High School. As soon as I opened the package…
It was the 50th anniversary of the Okijimae High School. The old wooden schoolhouse and the school boat, now without a trace
The book is full of photos of my former teacher and nostalgic classmates (who went to school on a ship after leaving the island).
Each frame of my youth, which was so much fun, came back to life like a running lantern. I couldn’t let go of the fifty-year history even after I was in bed.
It was past one o’clock when I eventually fell asleep.
I graduated in March 1966 as a first-year student of Okijimae High School. The school was founded in 1955, but the
Initially, the school was opened as a night school of Oki High School, and in 1958, it became the first full-time school in Japan.
Oki-no-jima is a remote island in the Sea of Japan, about 60 km from the mainland, and can be divided into two main islands, Shimamae and Post-jimae.
Even between the islands, it was impossible to commute to school because it took more than an hour by boat. At that time, there were two high schools on the island (Oki High School and Oki Suisan High School), but all of them were located in the back of the island.
Children from before the island had no choice but to go to school on the mainland (Matsue) or after the island, but both were forced to live in lodgings away from their parents. For this reason.
Attracting a high school has been a long-standing wish for the people of the Shimamae area.
It was Mr. Yoshishige Murosaki, who served as the first headmaster of the branch school, who made an unremitting effort for this purpose.
He went to the prefectural government and the Ministry of Education with his rock-shattering belief that he would build a high school in front of the island no matter what. It has been 50 years since those efforts have paid off.
Dr. Murosaki passed away a few years ago, but I’m sure he would have liked to see this 50-year history…