|Our history as told
by our first principal, Mr. Lenz:
Elementary School used to be called Vandenberg Elementary
School until the 1970's when the name of the school was changed.
This happened when the Headquarters for USAF Europe left Wiesbaden
and the U.S. Army took control of the military communities and housing
areas. No reason was ever given for the change in name.
The school was simply told it's name was to be changed!
Hainerberg was opened
in the early 1950's when the entire housing area was built.
It was opened as a K-5 school and serviced all the children in
the immediate housing area and all the students on the economy.
The 7th and 8th grades were located in the northern part of the
building and Hap H. Arnold High School was across the street
in the next block. As enrollments in the elementary school
grew, some of the classes were moved into basement rooms in the
housing area along Mississippi Strasse. There
were 9 of these classrooms and they were first used for 6th and
5th grade classes and special classes such as art and special
In 1982, a new wing
was added to Hainerberg Elementary School which expanded the school
considerably. The basement classes were closed and students
from three other elementary schools in the Wiesbaden area (Wiesbaden
Air Base Elementary School, Lindsey Air Station Elementary School
and Crestview Housing Elementary School) were bussed to Hainerberg
Elementary. The enrollment at this time jumped from 900 to 1500
plus. The faculties from these three schools also became
part of Hainerberg.
Lenz was our first principal in the new school. He loved kids and did many special things for them. He used
to bring a circus to the school yearly. He also invited
a petting zoo to our school. That was very special!!
Students also went to the Opera House at Christmas time and
to the Market Church in Wiesbaden for an organ concert. Mr.
Lenz had the whole school participate in designing a medal for the
annual volksmarch. He believed in "whole school involvement"!
The original school
mascot used to be the Spitfires. Mr. Lenz's dog "East" came
to school every day with him and would follow him wherever he
went....to the classrooms, to meetings. East knew the students, and
the children loved her. We had a birthday party for her every year. All the children
would line up on the playground, Mr. Lenz would wheel her out
proudly on her cart, and we all would sing "Happy Birthday to
Because of East, the dachshund
became our mascot.
Mr. Lenz retired in 1993
and moved to Chicago, a perfect place for him because of his interest
in architecture and his enjoyment of cultural activities
the city of Chicago provides.
School's Time Capsule planted by Mr. Lenz
James came to our school with her wonderful charm and super smile. We can still hear her "laugh". The students looked forward
to greeting her as they got off the bus in the morning. She
started their day - to be ready to work and learn. She
was a "frequent" in the cafeteria and school playground.
She believed strongly that all children have talents and it
is part of the school's job to provide opportunities to extend and
enhance those talents. She also felt it was important
to bridge school, home, military community relationships.
She supported programs that reached out to the community and was
the originator of our School Home Partnership Program.
Ms. Gaski came to Hainerberg in the fall of 1999. She
worked hard to get to know the students, staff, and parents
of our school. She initiated partnership activities with
our new military support unit, the 205th MI BN. Twelve of their
members were mentors for some of our fourth and fifth grade
Ms. Gaski asssisted in rewriting our school
rules, so we now have the "High
Five" to help us keep Hainerberg a safe and friendly school
behave in safe ways.
am responsible for my own choices.
take care of my school and my own things.
make good choices to allow myself and others to learn.
treat everyone with kindness and respect.
Benham came to our school the year after our nation's
9/11 attack. It was difficult year for us and Mr. Benham supported
our Student Council by dedicating a "Memorial Tree"
to all those whose lives were lost...and all those...our heros
who helped us survive that terrible. day.
The tree is in the front
of our school and it's blossoms in the spring remind us why we
are here overseas, our military families, to protect our country
and to apreciate our freedom. Mr. Benham was that soft spoken
principal that cared about students and the faculty. It was he
who instigated our end of the year send off to our retiring teachers
and 5th graders.
We line the hallways and applaud them as they
leave our Hainerberg hallways on the last day of school one final