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1912-2012: SAS Celebrates 100 Years

September, 2011
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This month marks the beginning of the 100th anniversary year of Shanghai American School (SAS) – a milestone in SAS school history. A milestone is a moment to pause, remember and connect with the past.

As SAS Superintendent Kerry Jacobson put it, “We inherit what has gone before, and we leave our own legacy for those who follow.”

In many ways, SAS has changed beyond recognition in 100 years. When opening on September 12, 1912, SAS had 38 students and one building. Today there are more than 3,000 students taking classes in dozens of state-of-the-art facilities across two campuses. But in other ways what SAS is today is not very different from what SAS was 100 years ago.

From a speech given by C.N. Caldwell, a member of the school’s executive committee, to the first graduating class of SAS in 1917: “The Shanghai American School is the fruition of a dream of faith, hope and love. It [is] not strange, therefore, that the school should stand for high ideals and lofty ambitions.”  

This doesn’t sound very different from the new mission statement:

Shanghai American School inspires in all students:

* A lifelong passion for learning

* A commitment to act with integrity and compassion, and

* The courage to live their dreams.

Shanghai American School has always been a school that offers outstanding programs and academics to its students, and has seen its graduates accepted into the finest universities. As 1949 graduates Teddy Heinrichsohn and Joseph Wampler noted at a recent alumni gathering, in the 1940s “a letter from SAS would guarantee entrance into almost any college in the world.”

There will be festivities, posters and celebrations throughout the year.

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