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Schools were quickly organized in the concentration camps, but they suffered from crude facilities and lack of teaching materials. Instruction was given for nursery through high school, and adult education was offered. Trained teachers were in short supply, however, and uncertified Japanese Americans with college degrees often filled in. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) deliberately emphasized Americanization in the education program. Some found it painfully ironic to watch incarcerated youth recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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High school physics class (ddr-densho-159-72)
img High school physics class (ddr-densho-159-72)
Left to right: unknown, Mits Omoto (student teacher), George Yonemura, Harry Williams (teacher), Martha Murakami.
Girls Glee Club (ddr-densho-159-183)
img Girls Glee Club (ddr-densho-159-183)
The Amache High School choir director was Lowell M. Jackson.
High school orchestra (ddr-densho-159-181)
img High school orchestra (ddr-densho-159-181)
The Amache High School orchestra conductor was Charles Hinman.
High school commencement (ddr-densho-159-79)
img High school commencement (ddr-densho-159-79)
Amache High School. L to R: unknown, Shigeko Hamaoka Hirano, Lloyd Garrison (Superintendent of Schools), Dag Nakatogawa, Tomio Jofuku, Toshiro Sakamoto.
High school band (ddr-densho-159-182)
img High school band (ddr-densho-159-182)
The Amache High School band conductor was Charles Hinman.
High school typing class (ddr-densho-159-73)
img High school typing class (ddr-densho-159-73)
Amache High School. Teacher: Marguerite Anderson. Student to right of teacher: Toshiko Sakamoto Aiboshi.
High school commencement (ddr-densho-159-78)
img High school commencement (ddr-densho-159-78)
Dag Nakatagawa giving a speech at Amache High School's commencement.
High school woodworking class (ddr-densho-159-184)
img High school woodworking class (ddr-densho-159-184)
The Amache High School woodworking instructor was Leo W. Krause.